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Massive police force mobilized to ensure public safety during Songkran festival

About 90,000 policemen nationwide have been mobilized to be on the streets to ensure safety in life and properties for the public during the Songkran festival from Monday until April 17.

new year policeThe National Police Office spokesman Pol Gen Detnarong Suthicharnbancha said that police would tend to all aspects of public safety from their travelling back homes, traffic on main and secondary roads and drunk driving.

He warned that motorists who were caught drunk or drinking while driving would have their cars impounded and the drivers sent to court on charges of drunk driving or reckless driving.

Deputy Bangkok Governor Mrs Pussadee Tamthai, meanwhile, said the city administration had appealed to stores at Khao Sarn road to not sell alcoholic drinks during Songkran festival.

Also, she said that each district office was instructed to hold Songkran celebration in just one location and to encourage no alcoholic drinks.

Director-general of the Department of Probation Pol Col Narath Sawettanan said that the department would introduce a new form of community service for convicted rogue drivers by putting them to work at morgues in hospitals.

The whole country appears to be in festive mood today. In Khon Kaen, students from several schools were mobilized to fill water in used water bottles punctured with holes to be used for water splashing in order to save water.

In Hat Yai, the Thamnoonvithi road was sealed off with a stage and tents set up on the road in preparation for the celebration while tourists from Singapore and Malaysia were streaming out of their hotels to the site of celebration.

Thai PBS

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