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Thai leader uses special powers to order seat belt use

Mar 22, 2017 - Associated Press

BANGKOK (AP) - Thailand's military government is cracking down on traffic carnage, invoking special executive powers accorded by an interim constitution to force automobile drivers and all their passengers to wear seatbelts.

The move by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha comes ahead of next month's celebration of the traditional Songkran New Year's holiday, which sees much of the country's urban population travel to their rural home villages for revelry, often fueled by alcohol. A total of 4...