THE PAVILIONS PHUKET EPL Prediction Competition 2018-2019 Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Booze spigot tightened for a safer Songkran

NATIONWIDE: More public areas will be off-limits to people consuming alcohol during next week’s Songkran festival in an attempt to reduce road accidents during one of the most congested times of the year.

By Bangkok Post

Thursday 5 April 2018, 08:44AM

Prohibition advocates including ThaiHealth, the Accident Prevention Network and the Stop Drink have lobbied since 2006 for an alcohol ban during Songkran. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

Prohibition advocates including ThaiHealth, the Accident Prevention Network and the Stop Drink have lobbied since 2006 for an alcohol ban during Songkran. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

The move is part of a joint campaign by the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth), the Accident Prevention Network, and the Stop Drink Network.

The latter’s public policy manager Wisanu Srithawong said his organisation and ThaiHealth have been pushing for alcohol-free water-throwing zones during Songkran since 2006.

At last year’s festival over 3,200 such zones were set up at the order of the Interior Ministry, he said.

This year, cooperation will be sought from both the state and private sector to allocate more zones although the exact number remains unclear. This is to prevent young people from consuming alcohol during the festival and reduce road accidents, Mr Wisanu said.

Mr Wisanu said he was worried some Songkran events would be overrun by adverts for alcoholic beverages. The heavy promotional campaigns for beer and spirits increase drinking particularly among young people leading to more road fatalities.

“Society must work together to deal with the issue and create an environment that helps to protect young people,” he said.

ThaiHealth adviser Udomsil Srisangnam said since the number of road accidents is usually high during Songkran, ThaiHealth needs to ramp up its campaigns warning people about the danger of road accidents and what causes them.

During last year’s Songkran there were 3,690 road accidents resulting in 390 deaths and 3,808 injuries, according to Dr Udomsil. The major cause of the accidents was drink-driving (43%) followed by speeding (27%).

New Paths Retreat

Prommin Kantiya, head of the Accident Prevention Network, urged local administrative organisations to do more to address road accidents. They should help instil in local children and youths a sense of road safety and educate them about traffic laws, he said.

Meanwhile, City Hall has announced that road safety and motorist service checkpoints will be up at 15 locations in 13 districts of Bangkok which cover the roads people mostly use when they are heading out to the provinces during the most important festival on the Thai calendar.

Surveillance cameras are being well-maintained in popular areas during the festival.

Provincial Police Region 8, which is in charge of the upper South, announced yesterday the results of their crime and drug suppression efforts from March 20-30 to ensure order is maintained ahead of the festival.

Commander Lt Gen Sorasak Yenprem said 161,894 speed pills (ya bah), 660.6 grams of crystal methamphetamine (ya ice), 14.6g of cannabis, 414g of Krathom leaves and 13 tablets of ecstasy were seized and 482 suspects apprehended.

This year’s Songkran holiday is longer and will run from April 12-16.

Read original story here.



Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Final preparations being made to raise ’Phoenix’

Silly Kurt,"who is responsible" you ask? TiT, nobody is responsible or accountable, and it...(Read More)

Phuket probation officers prepare to use electronic tagging devices

What are the conditions with use of ankle bracelets? House arrest, or allowed to move a few hundred ...(Read More)

Man killed in solo Ducati Monster motorbike accident

If the rider had known how to counter steer correctly, he most probably could have made it around th...(Read More)

Phuket consuls fed glossy update over road safety, accidents and drownings

The present Governor not present. Sure, during his time on the island nothing happened to get things...(Read More)

August tourist arrivals up 3%

Hosanna! Up 3%, But services, infrastructures, cleanness, beach safety, etc went down, much more th...(Read More)

Phuket lifeguard contract corruption probe confirms ‘irregularities’, case sent to NACC

Everyone know this has been going on for years. Going after these folks and stopping it is welcomed...(Read More)

Illegal booze ads ‘rampant’ in markets, says DDC

How would Soi Bangla in Patong look like if the stopped all bars from having bar girls and boys from...(Read More)

GoAir to launch India’s first direct Phuket flights

Hope India's well known rape culture stays at home. Thailand is a perfect foment for it to flour...(Read More)

Man killed in solo Ducati Monster motorbike accident

What circumstances could have been challenged? It happened at a 50 km/h speed advised route at 02:...(Read More)


Melbourne Cup 2018