Heavy penalties for those who shoot guns into the air on Loy Krathong

Loy Krathong revellers are warned not to fire guns into the air, otherwise they could face heavy penalties, ranging from five years in prison and/or a fine of up to 10,000 baht on conviction. The penalties increase to 10 years in prison and a 200,000 baht fine if a falling bullet causes death, said spokesman of the Royal Thai Police, Pol Maj-Gen Archayon Kraithong.

 

He also said that, if a falling bullet causes serious injury, the penalties will be three years in prison and/or a fine of 60,000 baht on conviction.

 

Police across the country have been instructed to enforce the law strictly on the illegal carrying of firearms in public and on the discharging of firearms on Loy Krathong.

 

Police have also banned the use of firecrackers, fireworks and sky lanterns during the Loy Krathong festival for public safety.

 

Meanwhile, Dr. Tares Krassanairawiwong, director-general of the Disease Control Department, said today that an average of 12 people drown each year on Loy Krathong day and double that the following day, adding that the drownings mostly involve unattended children, drunk people and those who collect coins placed in krathong.

 

He advised Loy Krathong revellers not to get drunk or to jump into a river or a pond to collect coins, as they may drown, because the water is usually cold during at this time of year.

 

He also advised parents not to leave their small children unattended when they are around waterways. Tour boat operators must prepare enough life vests for their passengers on boat trips during the festival, he added.

 

Those caught playing with fireworks, fire crackers or sky lanterns may face 3 years in prison and/or a fine of 60,000 baht if convicted, said Dr. Tares.

 

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service