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Police tighten rules to prevent traffic accidents during New Year

The Department of Traffic Police, Ministry of Public Security has issued a notice warning drivers not to break traffic rules during the celebration of coming New Year.
The Department of Traffic Police, Ministry of Public Security has issued a notice warning drivers not to break traffic rules during the celebration of coming New Year.

Giving an interview to the media on Dec 26, Director General of the Department of Traffic Police, Ministry of Public Security called on all sectors in society to join the police in preventing traffic accidents during the New Year celebrations.

The notice orders car drivers and passengers to wear seatbelts and motorcycle riders and passengers to wear helmets when using roads.

Long distance passenger vehicles are required to have secondary drivers. Meanwhile vehicles are not allowed to travel more than 120km/h and less than 80km/h on highways; neither using phones during driving, drink driving nor using vehicles in an antisocial manner are allowed. Passenger vehicles are not allowed to be driven at more than 80 km/h outside the city; and no passengers are allowed to sit in the back of a pickup truck.

Last year’s New Year celebrations witnessed 197 road accidents with 43 lives claimed and 297 people injured. Speeding and drink driving behaviours were main causes of the road accidents, representing 44.1% and 32.4%, respectively.

Source: LAO News Agency