Bangkok Drivers Park Their Cars by the Thousands on Highways to Protect them from Floods [Video]
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Subject: Bangkok Drivers Park Their Cars by the Thousands on Highways to Protect them from Floods [Video] Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:04 am
Over the past few months, Thailand has been hit with some of its worst floods in the past 50 years that have affected close to 3 million people leaving more than 300 people dead. Today, the floodwaters reached the outskirts of the country's capital city of Bangkok. Many residents have already been warned to move to higher ground and secure their belongings, including their cars. Regarding their vehicles, the state and private sectors have provided safe spaces for around 70,000 cars, but that's a drop in the ocean of Bangkok's estimated 4.6 million vehicles.
While authorities have advised drivers to store or park their cars in provinces that are free from floods, thousands of motorists have found another solution, but one that is causing a whole lot of other problems: they park their vehicles on elevated sections of Bangkok's expressways and bridges.
"Parking on expressways is dangerous because cars on them are running very fast," deputy city police chief Panu Kerdlarppol, told the Bangkok Post.
Police officials also noted that vehicles parked on bridges and expressways are causing "disorder, traffic congestion and accidents".
The government had authorized police to impose a 500-baht (US$17) fine on any driver who parks a car on expressways, bridges and flyovers, and also to remove as many vehicles they could, but it soon became obvious that it was nearly impossible to enforce the law due to the sheer number of cars.