PHUKET: The Road and Marine Accident Protection and Reduction Center held a meeting today (April 4) at the Phuket Provincial Hall, in Phuket Town, chaired by Phuket Governor, K. Pakkapong Tawipat, to discuss the preparations of the upcoming Songkran Festival.

Songkran Festival is an event where boisterous fun and ancient traditions go hand-in-hand. For tourists, the event offers a chance to enjoy a huge celebration where water parties break out in the streets of Thailand’s towns and villages. For locals, it is a time when they can spend precious moments with their families and visit the temples to observe ancient rites and make merit.

The safety operations will take place from April 11 to 17 to monitor both the piers and the numerous spots on the road which are known to repeatedly have accidents.

The center will work on managing the various sectors involved as well as gather and evaluate information and statistics. The Governor stressed that the law enforcement must be followed, especially on the main reasons for accidents, such as high speed, driving or riding against the traffic flow, go against traffic lights, unfasten seatbelt, driving or riding without license, overtake at a risky area, drunk driving, riding without helmet, using an unsafe motorcycle and using a mobile phone while driving.

Regarding marine security, there will be a security and service center at the popular locations with CCTV camera in several spots at each pier. They will monitor the safety of each boat and the pontoon. The officials will also inspect the boats and the life vests and light system to get ready for the upcoming water festival. There will be officials stationed at crowded public piers in order to prevent boats to be overloaded as well as to give advice about marine safety and make sure that all passengers on the boats wear their life jacket.