New programme launched to ease traffic woes in Bangkok

Metropolitan Police Bureau has launched a new programme, called Before and After: Will Be Better, aimed to improve traffic conditions in Bangkok’s 21 traffic-congested roads.

About 150 police officers took part in the launch of the programme held at Lat Phrao intersection on Monday under the chairmanship of MTB commissioner Pol Lt-Gen Sanit Mahathavorn.

The programme aims to encourage motorists and to create an awareness among them of the need of their participation in the efforts to solve traffic problem in the City, he said.

Under the programme, each of the 21 traffic-congested roads will be placed under the supervision of a police officer with the rank of deputy commander who will perform his duty as a CEO in managing traffic on the road.

The traffic CEO will be on the designated road in the morning and in the evening so that he can solve any traffic problem immediately and report to Pol Lt-Gen Sanit every morning, said the MPB commissioner, adding that, with a senior officer on the spot and handy, he believes traffic congestion will be alleviated quickly.

Pol Lt-Gen Sanit said he wanted the public to see with their own eyes that police officers were actually performing their duty on the spot � not working in the ivory tower � to address traffic problem.

The programme will be assessed within a month since the launch, he added.

The 21 roads are Ratchadapisek, Ngam Wongwan, Chaengwattana, Vibhavadi Rangsit, Pahonyothin, Ram-inthra, Prasert Manookit, Pradit Manoodit, Lat Phrao, Ramkhamhaeng, Rama IX., Petchaburi, Sukhumvit, Sathorn, Rama IV, Rama II, Petkasem, Charunsanitwong, Borom Ratchonnee, the parallel road the 21st road, the Srirat expressway and ringroad.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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