The Road Safety Directing Center is now launching a campaign to promote road safety during the Songkran festival.
The campaign titled 'Considerate Driving and Observing Traffic Laws' advocates the engagement of safety belts for every passenger in each vehicle.
In addition the campaign also employ the setting up alcohol checkpoints all over the country.
The campaign followed instructions by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha advising all motorist to adhere to the 4 Don'ts and 2 Musts.
They are Don't drive fast, Don't drink and drive, Don't use cell-phones while driving and Don't drive when sleepy.
The Musts on the other hand are motorcyclist must wear helmets and car passengers Must put on safety belts.
Under the campaign which is in force today, the strict enforcement of traffic laws necessitating the compulsory engagement of safety belts for all passengers in privately owned and public vehicles will be made.
Furthermore under no circumstances will passengers be allowed to travel at the back of pickup truck beds.
Anyone found not complying will be fined a minimum of 100 baht each which applies to both the driver as well as the passengers.
Even though the law allows a maximum fine of 500 baht, however initially a grace period be allowed in order for motorists to adapt to the strict traffic rules and regulations.
However it will not apply to all public passenger vehicles which in the event of non-compliance will face fines not exceeding 5,000 baht which apply to passengers as well as drivers.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)