On Wednesday (Dec. 28), the Royal Thai Police launched the annual seven-day New Year’s road safety campaign, awarding 10,000 baht for the finest footage of traffic violations.
Following the opening of the New Year traffic safety center, National Police Chief Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas stated that up to 50,000 police officers will be deployed around the country to enforce traffic regulations between December 29 and January 4.
According to the national police commander, the exodus from Bangkok, which may involve up to 7.3 million cars, will peak on Wednesday and Thursday, with return travels peaking the following week on Monday and Tuesday.
Officers have been entrusted with enforcing speed limits and targeting intoxicated drivers, as well as those who refuse to wear seatbelts or safety helmets, according to Pol Gen Damrongsak.
The public has also been urged to submit recordings of traffic offences, with the police awarding a prize of 10,000 baht to the seven best submissions. Entries are accepted for JS100 and FM91 Trafficpro.
Over 3,700 checkpoints have also been put up across the country to help and expedite New Year’s Eve traffic.