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Drivers offered check-up, warning over holidays

The Land Transport Department yesterday launched a road-safety campaign for the New Year 2014 holidays, offering motorists a car maintenance check free-of-charge until December 30.

Those interested can call 1584 for details of this campaign.

Under the theme "Believe, Be Live", the campaign received cooperation from some 2,000 private sector agencies including car/motorcycle dealers, insurance companies, the Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC) and garages.

Department chief Asdsathai Rattanadilok Na Phuket said an LPG/CNG vehicle checking service would also be provided at its provincial offices from December 10 to 26.

The Road Safety Fund sponsored OVEC to dispatch technical students to give an initial free car-repair service at 250 locations on main and secondary roads from December 27 to January 2, 2014, he added.

Police spokesman Piya Uthayo warned the public to take care during the so-called "seven dangerous days" accident period from December 27 to January 2.

He said police would be tough on lawbreakers, recalling the arrests during the previous New Year period of: 104,759 bikers without helmets, 202,893 motorists without driver's licences, 88,069 drivers wearing no seatbelt, 62,396 reckless riders, 31,712 speeding motorists, 27,510 drivers against traffic flow, 27,169 red-light runners, 20,051 phone users behind the wheel, 19,017 drivers overtaking at short range, and 14,805 drunk drivers.

Motorists in need of help can call the Highway Police at 1193 or 1599 around the clock, he added.

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