Songkran “soaking zones’ announced

PHUKET: As the island prepares for Songkran, which gets underway in earnest tomorrow, Phuket Vice-Governor Smith Palawatwichai has announced that a number of zones have been designated for water play.

Muang district: Saphan Hin, Rawai Beach, Kata Beach, Karon Beach

Kathu district: Patong area.

Thalang district: Nai Yang Beach, Surin Beach.

The designation system has been set up in the hope that it will help decrease the number of road casualties during the holiday period.

Chotenarin Kerdsom, chief of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM-Phuket), said, “People can play with water in places other than the designated zones, but outside of the zones, people should play politely and not on the road.

“We suggest that people play only in the zones. Also, people should not blast others with water guns, or throw dirty water or ice. They should also not drive cars or ride motorbikes under the influence of alcohol,” he said.

“Revelers will not be arrested for playing outside of the zones unless they break the law,” he added.

The government’s “Seven Days of Danger” is from today until April 17. A number of checkpoints have been set up where drivers will be be tested for blood-alcohol content.

These locations are: Thepkrasattri Rd, in front of the Volvo showroom; Wichit Songkhram Rd, in front of Surakul stadium; Chao Fa East Rd, in front of Chaofa Thani Village; Tah Chat Chai checkpoint; Tha Reua police box at Sikor intersection, next to Kathu District Office; Cherng Talay intersection at Cherng Talay Police Station; Patong Hill intersection just west of Wat Patong; and in front of Phuket Fantasea in Kata.

“Everyone should stay safe this holiday period. If anyone sees someone breaking the law, they can call the Department of Accident Prevention for Songkran on 076-218444,” added K. Chotenarin.

The Gazette wishes everyone a safe, happy Songkran.

Phuket News

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