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Drink driving ban may be imposed during Songkran festival

The government may impose drink driving ban during the Songkran festival after the ban which was enforced during the New Year’s festival has shown positive results, said Maj-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, spokesman of the Government, on Sunday.

Drink driving ban, he said, should be the new norm that all stakeholders in the society should collectively practice.

He disclosed that during the ban enforcement from December 25 to January 1, authorities managed to impound 2,140 vehicles which include 188 cars and 1,952 motorcycles. Over 23,200 offenders were charged with drink driving, he said.

Maj-Gen Sansern said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha was satisfied with the results of the ban and thanked all the officials involved in enforcing the ban although road accidents remain high.

The spokesman said that drink driving ban which was unprecedented had been welcomed by health orgainsations and members of the public. More importantly, he claimed that the unprecedented measure had enabled authorities to seize illegal items such as illegal firearms and illicit drugs and, moreover, resulted to the arrests of suspected drug dealers.

Thai PBS

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