Governor Announces Strict Alcohol Laws Over Songkran

 | Fri 8 Apr 2016 09:51 ICT

CityNews – On April 5, Pawin Chamniprasart, the Governor of Chiang Mai announced in the Government Gazette concerning the sale and consumption of alcohol this Songkran following Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, B.E. 2551 (2008). According to the governor, Chiang Mai has a high alcoholic problem at no. 5 in Thailand.

Pawin said there will be alcoholic control under Sections 22. (2) (3) and (4) and there are 8 announcements from The Prime Minister’s Office about the prohibit days of selling alcoholic beverage (3) B.E. 2558 (2015), prohibit times of selling alcoholic beverage B.E. 2558 (2015), the selling of alcoholic beverage at or within the following places or areas is prohibited B.E. 2558 (2015), the prohibit place or drinking at transportation B.E. 2558 (2015), the prohibit place or selling alcoholic beverage on trains B.E. 2558 (2015), and no person shall sell of alcoholic beverage on control areas following under Section 4, 27(8), 28 and 33(7) of Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, B.E. 2551 (2008), for reducing of accident from alcoholic and to protect teenagers from drinking alcohol during Songkran.

To be enforced between April 11-17, 2016, in the following areas; the park infront of the Governor’s Residence, around inside and outside of the moat (Ratchiangsaen Rd., Chang Lo Rd., Arak Rd., Bun Rueang Rit Rd., Mani Noppharat Rd., Chai Phum Rd., Kotchasarn Rd., Sriphum Rd., and Moon Muang Rd.). Also, activity areas of Maya, Central Festival Chiang Mai, Central Kad Suan Kaew, Central Chiang Mai Airport Plaza and etc. are alcohol free zones. In addition, Arcade Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 2 and 3, train station (all station area and on the train) and Boat Stations. No persons are allowed to sell alcoholic beverage to people who are under the age of 20 or people who lack control of themselves from alcohol. Selling times are between 11am – 2pm and 5pm – 12am only (except International Chiang Mai Airport that has registration under Services Act, B.E. 2503) and no person shall sell alcoholic beverage through the following practices or manners in Section 30 such as using automatic vending machine, hawking and providing discount as sale promotion. And no alcohol whiling festivals and parades such as bathing Buddha or any parades of Songkran.

Tassanai Buranupakorn, Mayor of the city of Chiang Mai also told reporters that there will be strict rules and enforcement relating to the sale and consumption of alcohol this Songkran in the city. Three areas will be heavily patrolled by authorities: the moat, Tha Pae Gate and Three Kings Monument.

You can