Silom closed from April 13-15

Part of Silom Road will be closed to traffic for Songkran celebrations between 2 and 9pm on April 13-15, police said on Friday.

  • Published: 5/04/2013 at 09:32 PM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

The road will be closed from Sala Daeng to Nararom intersections, Pol Maj Gen Worasak Nopsitthiporn said. 

The road will be closed from Sala Daeng to the Nararom intersection, said the deputy metropolitan police chief in charge of traffic affairs.

A 200-strong team of police officers and Thetsakij city inspectors will be deployed along the entire road in Bang Rak district, along with riot police to maintain law and order during the water-splashing festival.

Pol Maj Gen Worasak called on people who join in the fun to refrain from illegal and inappropriate behaviour. Authorities will not tolerate sexual harassment, use of talcum powder paste, use of loudspeakers which annoys others, racing motorcycles on public roads, and water fights from the backs of trucks or pickup trucks. 

Pol Maj Gen Worasak made the comments after meeting with Bang Rak district chief Suachana Sudcharoen and other authorities to discuss their readiness to manage traffic in the district during the Songkran holiday.

Mr Suachana said laws would be strictly enforced to ensure that Songkran in Bang Rak this year is fun and  safe. Authorities' priorities will include health and travel safety, and safety from criminal gangs.

Security checkpoints will be set up along the road to ensure that no weapons or alcohol are carried into the so-called safe zone for Songkran.

However, Mr Suachana admitted he was worried about congestion and possible chaos when all the revellers try to leave Silom Road after 9pm, especially at the Nararom intersection, and he asked police to be vigilant during that period.

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