Photograph courtesy of Thai PBS World

In a bid to curb highway accidents brought on by drunk driving throughout the prolonged World Songkran Pageant, which spans from April 1 to 21, the Public Well being Ministry initiated stringent measures to regulate the sale of alcohol, notably to minors.

Public Well being Minister Cholnan Srikaew outlined the competition’s divisions: a preparatory stage operating from April 1 to 10, the primary festive occasions from April 11 to 17, and a post-festival interval from April 18 to 21.

Provincial and native authorities have been mandated to launch intensive publicity campaigns, reminding liquor distributors to strictly adhere to regulations limiting alcohol sales between 11am to 2pm and from 5pm to midnight. Actions selling alcohol sales, promoting alcohol to these underneath 20, and merchandising alcohol in restricted areas are strictly prohibited underneath the regulation.

Stringent measures await these concerned in highway accidents. Breathalyser assessments will probably be administered, and if unavailable, people will probably be escorted to close by hospitals for blood assessments. If assessments reveal alcohol ranges surpassing authorized limits, actions will probably be taken towards the alcohol vendor, notably if the people concerned are underneath 20.

Cholnan emphasised the significance of stopping intoxicated people from driving by establishing group checkpoints.

Final 12 months’s statistics revealed a grim toll, with 4,340 people both killed or injured throughout the Songkran competition, spanning April 11 to 17, reported Thai PBS World.

Shockingly, 502 of them have been younger folks underneath the age of 20. Nearly all of these accidents occurred on secondary roads, underscoring the urgency of those preventative measures.

In associated information, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand confirmed that six airways will introduce 104 extra flights, providing a reduction of roughly 20% for early morning and late evening home flights throughout the Songkran vacation. This transfer is designed to supply a more economical journey possibility for holidaymakers.

In different information, ramping up security measures for the upcoming prolonged Songkran Pageant, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration proposed a rise within the deployment of cutting-edge know-how.

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