Members of No 11 Traffic Police Branch will control traffic during 2015 Maha Thingyan festival period while Mandalay Region Police Force will take action against drug users and weapon holders.
“Our branch will assign 296 traffic police in downtown Mandalay for easing traffic congestion. Police and local authorities urge local residents to abide by traffic rules and not to drink alcohol during the Maha Thingyan festival,” Police Major Thein Ko Ko of No 11 Traffic Police Branch said.
Traffic police will take action against bikes without number plates and exhaust pipes, as well as unlicensed riders.
Security personnel will be assigned to roads along moats and in Mandalay Royal City, Mandalay Kandawgyi Lake and Taungthaman Bridge, the commander of the district police force told media.
During the 2013 Maha Thingyan festival period, 11 people died and 66 were injured in 30 traffic accidents, but only 23 people were injured in three accidents during the same period last year.
Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-printing House)