Songkran could look a little different this year as the Royal Thai Police have announced they intend to impose a total ban on water splashing on all main and secondary roads in the interest of road safety for the entire length of the festival which spans from April 11 to 17.
An announcement was made yesterday by Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul, the deputy police chief of the Royal Thai Police, who said his forces will coordinate with local authorities and officials to set up designated zones where water splashing will be allowed, these areas will however not allow for the consumption of alcohol.
Officers will be told to strictly monitor those in the zones to make sure alcohol is neither sold nor consumed in the designated areas.
He warned any premises inside the designated areas found to be selling alcohol will face severe punishments, additional officers will also be out on the streets checking ID’s to make sure people under the age of 20 are not drinking.
Traffic police have also been instructed to do everything in their power to facilitate traffic flow and where possible open additional lanes to lessen congestion, meetings will be held weekly now until the start of the festival to plan and update officials.
Opinions over the water splashing ban are divided online while some welcomed a potentially dryer festival others have spoken out saying authorities have gone too far.
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Source : Thaipbs
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