The Cabinet has acknowledged an integrated plan for the campaign to prevent and reduce road accidents during Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year festival, in April 2021.
The campaign is being carried out in an integrated manner by all sectors under the concept of “Happy Songkran, Safe Driving, and against COVID-19.”
Emphasis is placed on serious law enforcement, along with awareness-raising about road safety among motorists and members of the public. The objective is to ensure that people will celebrate the traditional Thai New Year festival with safety throughout the country.
The integrated plan against road accidents for the celebrations of Songkran 2021 comprises five major measures. The first measure involves management, including the establishment of road accident prevention and reduction centers in Bangkok and at the provincial and district levels. Under this measure, both Thai and foreign tourists will be urged to exercise caution when traveling.
The second measure seeks to reduce risk factors in terms of roads and the environment. The third measure seeks to reduce risk factors in terms of vehicles. In the fourth measure, strict law enforcement will be applied on a continual basis. The fifth measure involves assistance after accidents to ensure that hospitals, medical personnel, and rescue teams are ready to deal with the situation.
Often referred to as the “Water Festival” among foreigners, Songkran is Thailand’s merriest festival and is widely observed across the nation. The highlight of the festival is between 13 and 15 April.
The Cabinet earlier acknowledged the Ministry of Culture’s proposal for the celebrations of Songkran as a “new normal” festival this year to contain the spread of COVID-19 infection, in line with measures set by the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department