Army bases for motorist rest areas

Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha on Tuesday ordered commanders of 227 military bases nationwide to open their barracks for use as rest areas for tired motorists over the "seven dangerous days" of the New Year holiday.

Army deputy spokeswoman Sirichan Ngathong said the commander-in-chief's order was aimed at helping to reduce road accidents during the festive period, when extremely heavy traffic is normal on interprovincial roads. 

Motorists who feel weary and need to rest and relax would be welcome to take a break at all military camps along main highways, and those located at popular tourist destinations, from Dec 28 to Jan 2. Soldiers would also help direct traffic in front of their bases.

A service centre will be set up in front of each camp to provide water, refreshing towels, medical first aid, route advice and motorist rest stops. 

Col Sirichan said camping and recreational facilities in the army bases would also be open for New Year revellers.  

All army-run hospitals have been instructed to have medical teams and equipment on standby to provide assistance as needed, in coordination with local health offices, she added.

National police chief Adul Saengsingkaew said plans were in place to control traffic in Bangkok and other provinces during the New Year festival .  

Police would coordinate with leaders of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), which is leading anti-government protest rallies in the capital, to ensure minimal affect on traffic if they hold demonstrations during the holiday period.

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Discussion 1 : 24/12/2013 at 10:03 PM
Did I read that right? 227 bases??
Discussion 2 : 24/12/2013 at 05:15 PM
Every long holidays the authorities always set up many checkpoints all over the country in order to' help' the motorists , without realizing that they are nothing but to create unnecessary traffic jams. And this will also make the motorists drive faster than normal in order to make up for the lost time created by the checkpoints.
Discussion 3 : 24/12/2013 at 04:47 PM
This is a good move and hopefully contributes to a slightly lower road toll this year .

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