Officials Prepare to Make Songkran a Safe Holiday: and that means no booze on the moat

 | Tue 7 Apr 2015 09:14 ICT

CityNews – Chiang Mai authorities and officials joined last Friday to promote ‘Happy Chiang Mai Songkran: Welcoming ASEAN’. An official opening will take place tomorrow, April 8, starting 8am to 12pm, at Thapae Gate.

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The event is to promote a policy to reduce the number of road accidents during Songkran Festival.

According to Vice-governor, Nawin Sinthusa-ard, various organizations will provide knowledge to the public concerning safety on the roads, at Thapae Gate, during Songkran festival.

Police Colonel Piyapan pattarapongsin of Chiang Mai Regional Police Traffic Center, said that police have been working on a “Convenient, Safe, and Fast,” policy since March 1. During the festival, Chiang Mai Regional Police Traffic Center will have officers working at well-known danger spots to prevent accidents and monitor those who break the law.

According to Boonlert Buranupakorn, Mayor of Chiang Mai Provincial Administrative Organization, alcohol will not be allowed to be distributed around the moat, where the majority of residents and tourists splash water. The Chiang Mai Provincial Administrative Organization has started performing water diversion, which will continue until April 10, to clean water in the moat in time for Songkran festival.

Officials will also set up centres, where accidents often occur, to help residents and tourists in need, and they will also distribute drinking water and refreshing towels.