Swift punishment for four provinces’ police chiefs over Songkran carnage
National police commissioner Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda has signed orders for four provincial police commanders to be transferred to new posts, accusing them of negligence during the so-called “seven dangerous days” of Songkran from April 11 through Tuesday.
Pol Maj Generals Thiwa Boondamnoen of Bueng Kan, San Phoraksam of Phetchaburi, Thawai Buranarak of Amnat Charoen and Chairat Thipayachan of Saraburi were transferred to the National Police Operations Centre on Thursday.
Chakthip had said the day before he was dissatisfied with the performance of several provincial police chiefs in curbing road fatalities during Songkran and was considering their transfer.
The four provinces had the worst death tolls in the country and day-to-day increases compared to last year.
This Songkran, 418 people were killed on the roads and 3,897 injured in 3,724 accidents, up slightly from last year’s 390 deaths and 3,808 injuries in 3,690 accidents, according to the Road Safety Centre.