PHUKET: The Road and Marine Safety Center for Songkran Festival has kicked off on April 10 at the Provincial Hall in Phuket Town, chaired by Phuket Vice Governors, K. Prakob Wongmaneerung, K. Thanyawat Chanpinit, and K. Supot Rodruang Na Nongkai.

“Songkran is a long public holiday and the roads are busier than usual, which results in an increasing number of accidents. The main causes of accidents, according to recent statistics, are driving under the influence of alcohol, exceeding the speed limit, driving an unsafe motorcycle, running pass in front of another vehicle and exhaustion from a long drive, while the top three vehicles involved in accidents are motorcycles, pick-up trucks, and sedan vehicles,” Vice Governor Prakob explained.

He said that the main goal this Songkran is to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from road accidents to a minimum thanks to the cooperation among local government, government enterprise offices, private sectors as well as foundations, associations and networks that are concerned by road safety. He noted that everyone should take part in this mission by following the traffic law strictly, and provided a list of ten don’ts that are exceeding the speed limits, riding or driving against the traffic flow, burning traffic lights, unfasten seatbelts, overtaking at risky areas, drunk driving, riding without a helmet, using unsafe motorcycles or vehicles and using a mobile phone while driving or riding.

“I would like to thank everyone, especially the network for road safety and all volunteers who are devoting to keep the roads safe for seven days from now on.”

The center has been set to monitor the roads and marine safety from April 11 – 17 and more than 200 people gathered at the opening ceremony.