Picture courtesy of The Pattaya Information

Thai Minister of Public Health Cholnan Srikaew just lately addressed the general public following a gathering with the Alcoholic Beverage Management Committee. The assembly centred across the growth of tips for alcohol management throughout the World Songkran Pageant, with a key give attention to stopping highway accidents associated to drunk driving.

The Division of Illness Management and the Alcoholic Beverage Management Community in Thailand had put ahead a marketing campaign named No Consuming Whereas Driving. This initiative is a part of a broader Nationwide Alcohol Management scheme aimed toward lowering the incidents of DUIs throughout the well-liked Songkran Pageant.

The Nationwide Alcohol Management scheme is to be applied in three levels; earlier than, throughout, and after the Songkran holidays. The primary part will run from April 1 to April 10, the second part from April 11 to April 17, and the ultimate part from April 18 to April 21.

Underneath the directives of the Thai authorities, the Provincial Alcoholic Beverage Management Committees, at the side of associated businesses, will promote the marketing campaign. The marketing campaign will designate sure areas in every province as alcohol-free zones, the place the Songkran competition could be celebrated with out using alcoholic drinks.

In these designated areas, alcohol legal guidelines might be rigorously enforced, together with:

  1. The prohibition of promoting alcohol to minors underneath 20 years outdated.
  2. Banning alcohol promotion.
  3. Strict adherence to authorized hours of promoting alcoholic drinks (11am to 2pm and 5 pm to midnight).
  4. Prohibition of alcohol gross sales and consumption exterior legally designated areas.
  5. In any accident scene, alcohol assessments might be performed for all drivers concerned. Suppose a minor underneath 20 years outdated is discovered to have a blood alcohol degree above 20 milligrammes per decilitre. In that case, the police will launch an additional investigation and authorized motion might be taken in opposition to the alcohol sellers.
  6. Police checkpoints will even be established to forestall drunk driving.
  7. These on probation for DUIs might be instantly referred, with their consent, to a rehabilitation course of underneath the supervision of the Ministry of Public Health.

Nevertheless, Cholnan famous that the leisure venues within the pilot provinces, that are permitted to function till 4am, should comply with the foundations laid out by the Ministry of Inside. Different areas not given the extension in leisure service hours should adhere to the usual closing instances as per the legislation, reported The Pattaya Information.

As well as, a working group might be arrange by the committees to discover the potential for extending alcohol gross sales hours in eating places. After three months, the group’s findings might be introduced, bearing in mind the potential impression on Thai tourism and the financial system. This was the ultimate observe on which Cholnan ended his deal with.

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