Bangkok Police Banned from Taking Days Off on Christmas and New Year

The Royal Thai Police has ordered 80,000 police officers to not take leave during the New Year holiday period between December 25 and January 4 to boost road safety nationwide for inbound and outbound traffic.

Deputy national police chief Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapat said police would mobilize the officers to ease traffic congestion and monitor road safety during the so-called seven dangerous days.

This year, starting from December 29 to January 4, about 1 million more vehicles would travel in and out of Bangkok compared to last year.

Police would be posted at rest points to offer refreshments and recommendations on traffic routes.

The Highway Police, hotline 119, the Highway Police Facebook page, the Traffic Control and Command Centre, and hotline 1197 would provide route information and answer calls for help.

Meanwhile, police said it would take legal action against those who violate road safety traffic laws, including motorcyclists who ride on the wrong side of the road or ride on footpaths, drivers who drink and drive, run red lights, or speed.

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