PM urges against drunk driving, warns violators of stern penalties


BANGKOK,(NNT) – Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has requested cooperation from the public in refraining from driving while intoxicated, insisting that such wrongdoing would subject the driver to harsh punishment.

According to Government Spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, Prime Minister Prayut has expressed concerns over the safety of commuters who are heading back to their hometowns during the New Year holidays. The premier reiterated his call on vacationers to abstain from alcohol before going behind the wheel, adding that the government has this year instructed the police to take serious action against drunk drivers.

Any drivers found to be under the influence would have their vehicles confiscated temporarily by the officers. The vehicles would then be returned to the owners after the holiday period has passed.

As for the safety of New Year revelers, National Police Chief Pol Gen Jakthip Chaijinda disclosed that approximately 4,800 police officers will be deployed on New Year’s Eve, alongside military and municipal staff, to safeguard popular countdown venues across Bangkok, including Central World, Asiatique and Maharat Road.