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Songkran Holiday Road Safety Center Opens

The national police chief, Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas, presided over the launch of the operation center to prevent and decrease road accidents during the seven-day risky Songkran vacation from April 11 to 17.

The center hopes to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from traffic accidents by 5% compared to the amount recorded during the Songkran festivities three years ago.

According to Pol Gen Damrongsak, the peak days for outward and inbound traffic will be April 12-13 and 16-17, respectively.

The Royal Thai Police Bureau predicted that there will be 5-6 percent more cars on the road during the Songkran Festival this year.

Appropriate agencies will assist vehicles, and ten wheelers are prohibited on several roads to reduce traffic during the Songkran mass exodus.

Dedicated lanes will be established to help relieve traffic congestion in crowded locations.

Pick-up trucks transporting Songkran revelers and water for water splashing are prohibited in Bangkok. Police checkpoints will be set up to enforce the ban.

Water splashing from automobiles laws in other provinces differ based on local authorities.

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