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The Thai Supreme Court has urged Thai citizens not to drive after drinking during Songkran.

After an increase in traffic accidents over the last two years, Thailand’s Court of Justice has cautioned citizens not to drive drunk during the approaching Songkran holiday.

As Songkran approaches, many people will return to their hometowns to spend time with their family, attend traditional ceremonies and festivities, and visit to various tourist places, according to Mr. Sorawit Limprangsi, spokesman for the Court of Justice.

As a result, it is critical to plan the journey ahead of time, select safe routes, and prevent traffic offenses in order to limit the chance of accidents or losses. According to orawit, the Court of Justice records accident information during Songkran every year, and he discovered that there has been a substantial increase in road accidents for the past two years during the 7 Hazardous Days campaign.

In 2022, a total of 17,909 people were prosecuted for traffic violations. The most common infraction was driving under the influence of alcohol, which was committed by 15,608 people and accounted for 87.15% of all instances. Driving without a license was the second most common infraction, accounting for 7.11% of all offenses with 1,274 people.

Driving under the influence of drugs was responsible for 980 people, or 5.47%, and reckless driving was responsible for 47 people, or 0.26%. “The number of people committing traffic violations has climbed by 3,395 people, or 27.8%, since 2021,” Sorawit stated. “This demonstrates that drivers continue to be careless, putting themselves and others on the road in danger.”

The spokesman asked residents to avoid driving while intoxicated, to be courteous to other road users, and to be responsible members of society. This will lower the number of accidents and cases taken to trial.

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