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Holiday season efforts to reduce accidents

by Duangkamol Buranasomphop

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BANGKOK, 19 December 2012: Thailand’s Land Transport Department is preparing road safety measures for the upcoming New Year holidays in a bid to reduce road accidents.

The department general director, Somchai Siriwattanachok, said it is adopting measures that it hopes will reduce accidents and fatalities on the roads during the festive season.

It is co-operating with the Vocational Education Commission Office and car companies, to operate 2,000 checkpoints to help car owners prepare for trips up country.

Public commuter vans owners have been warned to limit seating to 15 passengers and not to exceed 90 kph for safety reasons, he added. The high-powered low-slung Toyota commuter vans are a major safety risk.

Travellers can log on to a Traffy bSafe mobile application to monitor road safety during travel  and file complaints if drivers are exceeding the speed limit or driving in a manner that endangers safety.

Developed by the National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre (NECTEC), the Traffy bSafe application the centre believes it can reduce accidents. Commuters will be able to report traffic situations and dangerous driving behavior through the application as it occurs.

The Traffy bSafe allows commuters to check the speed of public transport, real-time, allowing them to report dangerous driving behavior Users can also send SOS messages in the case of an emergency using their mobile phone’s GPS capability.

The application is now available free on iOS and Android mobile system via App Store and Google Play (Search Traffy bSafe application).

Duangkamol Buranasomphop

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