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Traffic Police to Ensure Road Safety During Lao New Year Celebrations

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The Traffic Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security has announced plans to ensure safety and protect road users during the upcoming Lao New Year holiday from 11-17 April.

The department has said that traffic police will be on duty across the country, including in residential areas, tourist locations, and accident hotspots.

The head of the Traffic Police Department, Mr. Vilaiphong Saneha, has confirmed that a team of over 480 police officers will be stationed at temples and nine other public spots in Vientiane Capital. In addition, there will be six checkpoints at entry and exit points between provinces, with five of them operating 24 hours a day.

During the holiday, authorities will also close two main roads from 14-16 April. These include Chanthabouly, which is known for its elaborate celebrations, and Saysettha Road, which will be closed from the Luk 1 traffic light to the main fountain. However, Chao Fa Ngum Road and Khoun Bou Lom Road will remain open for residents who do not wish to participate in the festivities.

The traffic police will implement measures to prevent traffic violations, such as speeding, drunk driving, and driver carelessness, which are likely to cause accidents during the holiday. They will also make daily reports on traffic conditions, the number of accidents, and their causes.

A dedicated team will also be working around the clock to handle possible accidents, coordinate rescue efforts, and manage emergency calls.

Last year, during the Lao New Year festivities, 312 accidents were recorded, along with 522 injuries, 545 damaged vehicles, and 35 fatalities. Authorities hope to reduce the number of accidents this year by coordinating with other agencies, setting up a special traffic police force, and creating driving conditions to prevent traffic violations that lead to accidents.

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