Police advise New Year holidaymakers to avoid gridlock

People who intend to leave the capital city for a home visit during the New Year holiday are advised to leave Bangkok on Dec 27 or Dec 28 to avoid gridlock, Metropolitan Police commissioner Pol Lt Gen Chanthep Sesavej said on Wednesday.

The actual New Year holiday is between Dec 30-Jan 2.

Pol Lt Gen Chanthep said he expected a large number of people to leave the capital city on Friday (Dec 29).

All 88 metropolitan police stations have been instructed to take measures to protect the people’s lives and property during the New Year by strictly enforcing the law.

Under these measures, motorcyclists and pillion riders are required to wear safety helmets; drivers of all kinds of vehicles are prohibited from drink-driving; and, security and safety must be provided for venues for New Year celebrations.

The city police chief said that the operating hours of the entertaining venues on the night of Dec 31-Jan 1 may be relaxed, but the no drink-driving rule cannot be compromised.

Metropolitan police will set up security checkpoints during Dec 25-Jan 3 with emphasis on entertainment places and venues for New Year countdown activities. The checkpoints will be operating from 10am-noon during the day and from 5pm-3am in the night.