Groups want govt to scrap 4am opening

Neon lights illuminate Khao San Road, one of the popular tourist destinations in Bangkok. (Bangkok Post file photo)
Neon lights illuminate Khao San Road, one of the popular tourist destinations in Bangkok. (Bangkok Post file photo)

Some groups want the government to rethink its plan to allow bars, clubs and other entertainment venues to operate until 4am, saying authorities have not taken the necessary precautions to prevent alcohol-related accidents.

The calls come about a week after the Interior Ministry issued an announcement allowing bars and clubs in Bangkok and Phuket, Chon Buri, Chiang Mai, and Koh Samui on Surat Thani, to open until 4am starting from Dec 15.

In Bangkok, the extended opening hours will be tested along Silom Road, Royal City Avenue (RCA), Ratchadaphisek Road and venues within hotels, said Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt.

"We will work with local authorities to ensure these venues don't admit anyone under the age of 18. We will ask the police to set up checkpoints to check for drunk-driving and drug use to prevent accidents," he said.

The Stop Drinking Network said without adequate preparations, the policy will cause road deaths to soar instead of stimulating the economy.

Meanwhile, citing accident data from Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Bangkok and Phuket, the Road Safety Academic Centre, said drunk-driving was to blame for at least 2,118 deaths last year. Almost half of the accidents, or 1,004 cases, took place in Bangkok.

The Centre of Alcohol Studies raised concerns about impact of the longer operating hours on the incidence of violence, after a study in Norway found the longer the drinking hours, the higher the number of violent crimes.

The Don't Drive Drunk Foundation said drink-driving laws must be strictly enforced, as many drivers do not take drink-driving laws seriously.


  • admit: to allow somebody to become a member of a school, a club or an organisation - ให้สิทธิเข้าได้
  • checkpoint: a place where people are stopped and questioned and vehicles are examined, especially at a border between two countries - ด่านตรวจ
  • cite: to mention something as an example - กล่าวถึง
  • economy: the relationship between production, trade and the supply of money in a particular country or region - เศรษฐกิจ
  • enforce : to make sure laws are obeyed - บังคับให้ใช้, บังคับให้ทำ, ใช้กำลังบังคับให้ปฏิบัติตาม
  • governor: a person who is chosen to be in charge of the government of a state or province or a government agency - ผู้ว่าการรัฐ, ผู้ว่าราชการจังหวัด
  • Interior Ministry: the Thai ministry with responsibility over the Royal Thai Police, local administrations, internal security, citizenship, disaster management, land management, issuing national identity cards and public works - กระทรวงมหาดไทย
  • precaution: an action taken to protect people or things against possible harm or trouble - การป้องกันไว้ก่อน
  • preparations (noun): things that you do to get ready for something or make something ready - การตระเตรียม
  • scrap: to get rid of; to stop using or accepting - เลิก, ทิ้ง
  • soar: to rise very quickly to a high level - มีความหวังสูง,พุ่งพรวดขึ้น
  • stimulate: to make something develop or become more active; to encourage something - กระตุ้น, ส่งเสริม
  • violent (adj): involving the use of physical force, with the intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people - รุนแรง
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