According to local media, the zig-zag lines on Chaiyaphruek Road in Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung District cover roughly 15-20 meters. Locals in Pattaya have been surprised by the new zig-zag lines painted on the roads. On a Facebook page named Pattaya Talk, a local man from Pattaya posted photos of the zig-zag lines and wondered what they were for. So much so that a man wondered what they were after seeing photos of them on social media last week. When the man was learning to drive, he had never seen any zig-zag marks.

Others joked that the lines were drawn so that drivers would travel in a zig-zag pattern. Pitsinee Kuleksoracha, a Policy and Plan Analyst at the Pattaya City Technician Office’s Traffic and Transport Department, explained the situation, saying that the zig-zags are actually meant to warn vehicles to slow down. The markings are supposed to warn drivers to slow down as they approach a pedestrian crossing, according to several online users. Some people suggested that the lines would just make drivers dizzy.

The person who shared the zig-zag lines on social media was correct in asserting that they are not taught in Thai driving schools or included in any Thai driving manuals. That is why the lines are so perplexing to so many individuals. The painted zig-zags have been significantly raised in size so that passing motorists can notice them. This also serves as a warning to motorists approaching pedestrian crossings to slow down. According to the administration, the lines will help to prevent traffic accidents.

Since 2015, Thailand has used zig-zag lines on its Bangkok highways, and authorities have found that they effectively minimize traffic accidents. She claims that Pattaya has been using the lines since the Eastern Economic Corridor project included Pattaya and Chon Buri. To attract more investors, the program attempts to expand the economy, tourism, infrastructure, education, and technology. Rayong and Chachoengsao provinces were also involved in the project. According to Pitsinee, the zig-zag lines are well-known in the international driving community and may be found in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Hong Kong. More zig-zag lines will be painted on the Chon Buri and Pattaya roads in the future, according to Pitsinee.

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