A group of about 50 representatives of the Alcohol Watch and anti-alcoholic drinks networks gathered at the Complaints Centre of the Government House to submit an open letter addressed to the prime minister urging him to take precautionary measures to reduce road accidents and fatalities during the Songkran festival.
Alcochol Watch coordinator Kamron Chudecha cited that there were 3,447 road accidents during Songkran festival last year, resulting in 442 dead and 3,656 people being injured. Drunk driving was the main cause of the accidents followed by speeding, he said.
In their open letter, the advocacy groups noted that, during the Songkran festival, about 1,000 events and concerts were normally held across the country and the number of revelers at each event range from hundreds to several thousands and, above all, alcoholic drinks were on sale freely.
Besides calling for a ban on alcohol sale during the seven “dangerous” days, the groups also proposed to revise the definition of drunkenness by setting the amount of alcohol to 20 or 30 milligramme/percent insread of 50 milligramme/percent.