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Beware alcohol checkpoints at Loy Krathong celebrations Friday

Police in Bangkok are preparing to keep a close eye on celebrations marking the annual Loy Krathong festival, reported INN News.

Deputy national police chief Chalermkiat Sriworakhan joined with acting commissioner Chanthep Sisawech in announcing measures to ensure the festival passes off smoothly.

Chalermkiat said that checkpoints looking for motorists on the roads with alcohol in their systems would be set up throughout the capital.

He said that the Loy Krathong festival was an important cultural occasion and happy time when Thais and tourists would enjoy the occasion. But he cautioned that the festival could also mean crime.

He said that fire crackers and fireworks were banned and warned entertainment establishments not to let in underage drinkers.

He asked the public to celebrate appropriately and float their boats according to the regulations without annoying others.

Chanthep added that lanterns must not be set off into the Bangkok skies and anyone who did so would be immediately arrested.

There are only two provinces where this is allowed – Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai – and even then permission to do so must be sought first.

Loy Krathong involves floating a floral boat for good luck. The festival was first celebrated in its modern form during the reign of Rama V but the tradition’s roots date back further to the Kingdom of Sukhothai in the 13th century.

This year’s celebration is marked on the day of the full moon this Friday November 3rd.

Thai VisaINN News

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