Songkran revelers will be allowed to ride on the back of a pickup truck, but will not be allowed to splash water from the truck on main roads as part of the Royal Thai Police’s safety measure guideline to be applied nationwide during Songkran festival.
RTP spokesman Pol Gen Veerachai Songmetta said Tuesday that said the guideline had been distributed to all police units nationwide for implementation, with main focus on safe travelling, convenience in travelling and the opening up of road space to facilitate travelling.
Although riding on the back of a pickup truck is permissible, he said police on the spot could exercise their discretion to give a warning or to take legal action if they find the conduct of the revelers or the driver may pose a threat to their own safety or the safety of the other people.
He added that police would conduct random urine tests on drivers of public transport to ensure safety for travelers and, if the tests are positive for drug use, the drivers and the bus operators will face legal action.
Pol Gen Veerachai further said that police would especially get tough on the sale of alcohol to youths under 18 and in alcohol-free areas as well as drink driving.
He called on revelers to abide by Thai tradition and to hold Songkran-related activities in a creative fashion while warning young revelers to refrain from sexually abusing female celebrants or face tough penalties.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)