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Thailand bans alcohol in public and personal vehicles

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BANGKOK, 9 August 2012 (NNT) – A new law banning drinking in public and personal vehicles has been published in the Royal Gazette, becoming effective from August 8 onwards.

Director of the Alcohol Control Committee Office Samarn Futrakul said the law was issued under the 2008 Alcoholic Beverage Control Act and it applies to both drivers and passengers of all vehicles.

Any persons found violating the law will face up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to 10,000 baht, or both.

Jadet Chaowilai, adviser of the Network of People Affected by Alcoholic Drinks, expressed his gratitude to the government for the new anti-alcohol measures, saying that the law will help reduce the overall number of road fatalities and deaths, particularly during New Year festivities.

He elaborated that over 60 people were killed in road accidents on a daily basis during the past New Year holiday, with 30 deaths accounted for on non-festive days.

Mr Jadet also expressed confidence that the new regulation will improve the quality of life, reduce daily risk factors and increase overall productivity of Thai workers.

Read more: NNT

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