Sad Saturday: Booze to be banned, police to roam town on Buddhist holiday

While many of you may be making plans for the long weekend, note that the police have just announced an alcohol ban for Saturday.

Alcohol sales will be banned on Saturday, starting at 12am as the nation celebrates Makha Bucha Day.

Deputy Police Chief Pol. Gen. Chalermkiat Sriworakhan has instructed police nationwide to set up checkpoints in an effort to prevent crimes ahead of the Buddhist holiday and also Valentine’s Day, which falls on Tuesday.

During a video conference, Pol. Gen. Chalermkiat told police units across the country to follow guidelines in dealing with criminal activities. More alcohol and weapon checkpoints are expected to be set up this year, Thai News Bureau reported.

The police are also going to be looking for suspects in unsolved crimes and patrolling risk-prone areas to ensure people’s safety.

Pol. Gen. Chalermkiat also urged parents to keep an eye on their children and discourage them from engaging in illegal activities.

Editor’s Note: The previous version of the article stated that the booze ban will be on Sunday. We regret the mistake.


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