The Royal Thai Police say they will be impose a total ban on water splashing on main and secondary roads throughout the country during the seven-day Songkran festival from April 11-17 to ensure road safety for revellers and motorists.
Police Geneneral Srivara Ransibrahmanakul, the deputy national police chief, said that police would coordinate with local administrators to designate zones where revellers can enjoy water splashing safely and devoid of all kinds of alcohol. He said that police would strictly enforce alcohol control laws by banning all alcoholic drinks in the zones designated for water festival.
Any shops located in the designated zones that are found selling alcohol will be strictly dealt with, he warned, adding that police would also check drinking alcohol by youths under 20. Traffic police throughout the country have been instructed to facilitate travelling by revellers by opening up more traffic lanes for out-bound traffic during the start of the festival, as revelers flock out of cities for their destinations.
The same measure will also be applied on the way back for in-bound traffic at the end of the festival. Regarding traveling on pickup trucks, which are a popular means of travel, the deputy police chief said police would warn drivers to exercise caution when there are passengers riding on the back of the vehicles.
Legal action will be meted out against drivers of pickup trucks who drive in a dangerous way, which may result in an accident. Overall, police will strictly enforce laws on the following driving behaviours: speeding, jumping traffic lights, not putting on seat belts, driving without a license, overtaking another car in a tight spot, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving in the opposite direction of the traffic, not wearing crash helmets for motorcyclists and pillion riders and using mobile phones while driving or riding motorcycles. – thaipbs.or.th