BANGKOK, 14 April 2019 (NNT) – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has reported that Songkran activities across the country have been taking place in an orderly fashion. Officials have however, impounded more than 2,200 vehicles from drink-drivers during the past three days.
The NCPO reported that police, security and administrative personnel, and volunteers have been working diligently to ensure the safety of travelers during Songkran. Members of the public have been cooperating with officials and following safety measures. Revellers are celebrating the festival in an appropriate manner. They have been warned about staying outdoors or in crowded places for too long due to the hot weather.
Meanwhile, a total of 98,808 people were arrested for drink-driving and 2,294 of their vehicles impounded in the past three days.
The Deputy Government Spokesman, Lt. Gen. Werachon Sukondhapatipak, said today the Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, has expressed his concern about the safety of travelers during Songkran because of the high number of road casualties during the past two days. The two most common causes of road accidents were drink-driving, followed by speeding. The Prime Minister has urged road users to exercise caution on the roads.
The Prime Minister also encouraged people to celebrate Songkran in a proper manner, preserve Thai traditions, and use water sparingly. He said the people have to show respect to one another and warned men to be respectful towards women, adding that they should wear proper clothing and display courtesy.