In 2013, 24,237 people were killed on Thailand's roads, per World Health Organization statistics. According to the Associated Press, during Songkran, around two people die and 160 are injured per hour while driving.
As a deterrence, Thai police are employing a drastic new tactic this year: sending culprits to work in morgues. According to the Bangkok Post, courts will be able to decide who merits the punishment, and for how long. The Thai cabinet approved the plan last week.
A police colonel, Kriangdej Jantarawong, told the AP that the morgues would be in hospitals.
What type of morgue duty would be required hasn't been specified, but, presumably, the idea is simple: seeing enough heads smashed in by steering wheels will lead some to raise their hand to be designated drivers next time Songkran rolls around.
Thai tourism officials expect more than half a million tourists to visit the country during Songkran, which they hope will generate around $427 million in revenue, AP reported. Twenty-seven of Thailand's 77 provinces have been declared drought-zones, but officials have said they will not attempt to curtail water use on the splash-centric holiday.