An Announcement was made yesterday by Pattaya city council who have said they will be drafting in what they called “special forces” to work with local thetsakit (municipal officers) to issue fines to anyone caught violating the smoking ban on Jomtien’s Dong Tan Beach.
A meeting took place at city hall on Tuesday (March 13) where council members opted for officers to start fining offenders with 2,000 baht on the spot fines, previously punishments had been stated as fines of up to 100,000 baht and or 1 year in prison.
Members at the meeting also decided to hold a special event on April 2 which is designed to further boost awareness of the smoking ban and will include activities such as traditional Thai dance shows and yoga.
Pattaya News was quoted as saying that the softly softly approach to the smoking ban Pattaya officials had been taking was now at an end.
Pattaya’s deputy mayor Banthit Khunjak stated that three special forces operatives will be making regular patrols with thetsakit officers who would also monitor CCTV in the area to catch offenders.
Following the meeting new signage written in Thai, English and Chinese were unveiled which read “no pets, smoke free, zero waste and 2,000 baht fines.”
The event on April 2 will kick off in the morning with a traditional dance show with a mass beach cleanup planned for later on before the day is rounded out by something council members have called “smart yoga.”
With the councils new tougher stance on beach laws it will be interesting to see what effect it has on the number of people using the popular beach.
Source: Pattaya News
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