Thai PM warns drunk drivers, topless dancers ahead of Songkran festival
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Thai PM warns drunk drivers, topless dancers ahead of Songkran festival

THAILAND’S Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-o-cha has vowed stern action against drunk drivers and topless dancers ahead of the upcoming Songkran Festival.

The comments came as the government steps up efforts to reduce road accidents and to ensure the festival was celebrated properly.

Thai PBS reported Prayuth saying the authorities would impound vehicles of drink-driving offenders immediately.

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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

“Drivers must not drink while driving. Everyone wants to go home quickly but they could be killed travelling on their vehicles,” he said, adding that passengers should warn drunk drivers that they would face the long arm of the law.

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On nudity and racy dancing on the streets by bare-chested teenagers during the festival, Prayuth said they would be arrested and fined.

“I (will) order soldiers and the police to arrest all these dancers on the trucks.”

The Songkran festival, which typically takes place in mid-April, is celebrated as a new year festival in Thailand, an occasion marked by massive water fights across major cities and villages in the country.

Videos of the shenanigans emerge on social media each year after the event, showing locals and foreigners in various stages of undress and drunkenness.