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Anti-Alcohol Groups Seek Ban of Alcohol Sales During Songkran Festival

Songkran alcohol ban mulled in a move to reduce deaths during holiday

Songkran alcohol ban mulled in a move to reduce deaths during holiday

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BANGKOK – Youth Network Against New Drinkers, and several anti-alcohol groups yesterday asked the Excise Department to ban alcohol sales during the upcoming Songkran festival to prevent and reduce fatal road accidents.

Last year 248 people were killed and 2643 injured in five days during Thailand’s Songkran festival 2014.

Teerapat Kahawong, coordinator of the groups submitted a letter to Somchai Poolsavadi, director-general of Excise Department, calling on the department to impose a ban on alcohol sales during the ‘seven dangerous day’ of the Songkran Festival early next month.

The activists also called on the department to take harsh actions against shops that sell alcohol to children and young people, by revoking their licenses.

 They also called on the department to publicize and quickly enforce the Prime Minister’s Office new announcement on ban of alcohol sales on footpaths,  trains, railway stations, bus stations and ferry piers. – Thai PBS

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