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Pattaya checks Walking Street sign heights

Pattaya drove a fire truck down Walking Street to check that signs and billboards wouldn’t impede emergency-response vehicles.

The height of the neon and other signs hanging over the nightlife strip has been a perennial concern with city officials at one time talking about ripping them all down to ensure firetrucks could get to emergencies.

Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh rode the truck Dec. 21, finding some signs still were below the five-meter barrier. Sagging electric and utility wires also obstructed passage.

He said city inspectors would be out to tell problem businesses to order immediate corrections. Utility companies also would be contacted to rehang wires correctly.