Anti-drink networks urge police to clamp down on drunk driving


BANGKOK, 27 March 2014 Anti-alcohol networks are urging highway police to toughen the ban on drunk-driving during the upcoming Songkran Festival. 

Over 30 activists submitted a petition to the agency to call for a strict enforcement of the Alcohol Control Act in a bid to reduce mortality rates during the holiday.

According to the networks, during the “Seven Dangerous Days” period last year, 321 people were killed and over 3,000 injured on the road. The leading cause of death has consistently been drunk-driving and more than 90 percent of those killed has blood alcohol content over the safety limit at the time of their death.

They further expressed their concern that teenagers can easily purchase alcoholic drinks on the side of highways and major roads during the long weekend.