More than 80,000 police officers will be tasked with bolstering road safety across the country for inbound and outbound traffic during the New Year holidays.

Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapat said police would mobilize officers to ease traffic jams and monitor road safety during the so-called dangerous seven days.

More than 7.6 million cars are expected to leave and return to Bangkok from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4, up from six million last year, he said.

Outbound routes are expected to face the worst traffic from December 30-31 and inbound routes will experience the same congestion on January 3.

Traffic agencies have been ordered to organize bypass and shortcut maps and clear congested areas by Christmas Day.

Police officers will be stationed at rest points to offer snacks and water and provide traffic lane recommendations.

Traffic police, hotline 119, traffic police Facebook page, traffic control and command center and hotline 1197 will give route information and respond to calls for help, did he declare.

Trucks with more than 10 wheels will be banned from certain roads on December 30-31 and January 2-4 to free up traffic.

Truck drivers who need to travel on these days can apply for authorization by accessing the website www.hwpdth.com.

Police will take legal action against those who break road safety laws, including motorcyclists who ride on the wrong side of the road, or ride on sidewalks, drivers who drink and drive, run red lights or speed.


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