BANGKOK, 28 March 2012 – Members of anti-alcohol networks have submitted a petition to the National Committee on Alcohol Policy, requesting that alcohol-free areas be designated nationwide during this Songkran Festival.
Over 80 members of the StopDrink Network Thailand, the Foundation for Youth Development and the Victims of Alcohol Abuse Network today met with Deputy Prime Minister General Yutthasak Sasiprapa, in his capacity as head of the National Committee on Alcohol Policy, to propose the setting up of alcohol-free zones across the country during the upcoming Songkran celebrations.
Gen Yutthasak said the proposal will be included in the agenda of the cabinet meeting, scheduled for tomorrow. The deputy premier also affirmed that the government has been implementing various measures to curb alcohol consumption on public holidays, such as setting up alcohol checkpoints on the road and taking serious actions against alcohol-induced behaviors like speeding and drunk driving.
Representatives from the anti-alcohol networks also urged relevant agencies to regulate drinking during the revelry more strictly than the previous year and to enforce all provisions of the Alcohol Control Act 2008. They said that according to the act, alcohol cannot be sold, carried or consumed in public places. The law also states that advertisements for alcoholic beverages are not allowed as they tend to persuade members of the public to drink.
(NNT : Narumon Ngamsaithong)