Police general warns: ten years jail for groping females at Songkran

Deputy national police chief Wirachai Songmetta has come up with a long list of do’s and don’t’s for this year’s Songkran celebration.

If the Thai people follow suit it will make for a safe and enjoyable festival to herald in the traditional Thai New Year.

Top of the don’t list was molesting women such as by groping breasts. He said that anyone who does could face up to ten years behind bars or a fine of 200,000 baht or both.

People selling alcohol to minors (under 20s) could see themselves jailed for a year and fined 20,000 baht.

Deputy national police chief Wirachai Songmetta

In serious cases drink driving could warrant a jail term of between one and five years and fines between 20,000 and 100,000 baht with suspension or removal of licenses for good.

But it was Pol Gen Wirachai’s do’s and don’t’s for road safety that took center stage as the country once again gears up for the inevitable carnage.

Here is his clever 11 point plan for road users:

Don’t speed
Don’t go against the flow of traffic
Do wait at red lights
Don’t drive while sleepy
Do wear seat belts
Do have a license
Don’t overtake in congested areas
Don’t drink and drive
Do wear a helmet on a motorcycle
Do use motorcycles safely
Don’t use a phone while driving.

Pol Gen Wirachai had one more message before signing off at police HQ yesterday:

“Have fun at Thai New Year folks!” – Thairath

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