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Drunk drivers face seizure of cars over long holiday period

Discussion in 'General News from Thailand' started by Stamp, 27 Dec 2016.

  1. Stamp

    Stamp Thread Starter Administrator Staff Member

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    December 27, 2016 01:00
    By Jitraporn Senwong

    DRUNK DRIVERS will face arrest and vehicle seizure between December 29 and January 4.

    The period is dubbed “The Seven Dangerous Days”. A huge number of New Year holiday-makers usually take to the roads, many drunk, and the road toll spikes alarmingly.

    The annual road carnage mirrors another “Seven Dangerous Days” period during Songkran.

    Measures to deter drivers from drinking were discussed at the National Council for Peace and Order’s (NCPO) meeting yesterday.

    NCPO deputy spokeswoman Colonel Sirichan Nga-thong announced after the meeting that the force behind keeping public order would join hands with police, administrative officials and volunteers in manning checkpoints both on main and secondary roads during the New Year period.

    “Drunk drivers will be arrested and their vehicles seized,” she said.

    She added that the NCPO would also focus on ensuring public safety off the roads, particularly at events crowded with New Year revellers.

    “We will seek cooperation from organisers in preparing proper entrance and exit points and installing security cameras,” she said.

    Sirichan said organisers would also be asked to refrain from lighting fireworks or firecrackers.

    Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police Bureau plans to launch four traffic projects for the public as a New Year “gift”, according to Bureau chief Lt-General Sanit Mahathavorn.

    The four projects include setting up 14 points across Bangkok for car check-ups and handing out 300-gram bags of rice to |drivers who strictly follow traffic laws.

    There will also be discounts for traffic fines, while the application “Police I lert U” will be available for people to notify police of traffic accidents.

    Drunk drivers face seizure of cars over long holiday period
     
  2. Gor Blimey Guvnur!

    Gor Blimey Guvnur! What the duck ! Staff Member

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    Wrong title, should be "The 365 dangerous days". If you look at death and accident data (and this has been discussed before over last Songkran) its no different given a weekly or monthly period. Plain and simple, crap driving and lack of enforcing the rules properly without the hand going under the big table.
     
  3. SageAdvice

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    ...and how will these law-abiding citizens be identified? :smiling

    ...so, more of the same: pay a cheaper non-receipted fine now to the grasping appendage or the printed fine at the station. I wonder if the arresting officer will throw in a bag of rice :smiling.
     
  4. stfranalum

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    a bag of rice to law abiding drivers? LOOL

    how about lowering the incidences of
    ...of which I have had to stuff with a 500 note, more than a few times.
     
  5. Gor Blimey Guvnur!

    Gor Blimey Guvnur! What the duck ! Staff Member

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    Agree, the number of cars on the road and the number of kilometres traveled goes through the roof at this time of the year so it follows there will be more accidents. But those nice little tents with the free water, what's your best guess as to the budget allocated to those complete waste of spaces. Making money
     
  7. sirchai

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    If you don't have an accident when driving around in Sisaket for three hours, you are a great driver.
     
  8. Gor Blimey Guvnur!

    Gor Blimey Guvnur! What the duck ! Staff Member

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    The round up is in for the '7 days'. Not very good news for the government and their recent road safety and drink driving campaign.

    2017 death toll breaks 10-year record | Bangkok Post: news
    7 day accidents.png

    But again these '7 days' what does it really mean? Take 2013 as a reference: 24, 237 deaths and over the '7 days' the same year from graph above 367 deaths (367X52.14weeks= 19,136) ...so there are more deaths than this on average in any other week of the year... so to say.

    This year with that 10 year record of 478 deaths, if indeed it was an average week, 2017 will see close to 25,000 deaths. Depressing stats and such a waste of life in Thailand.

    We all know why this is: disregard for the law, lax enforcement of the law, corruption, and some other factors that may upset Thais if I noted them here. Way overdue that these problems are addressed. Oh well let's all just keep banging our heads against the brick wall.
     
  9. SageAdvice

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    I don't think any of that matters a whole lot...if it did, land transport would have been totally reorganized decades ago. As it is, I imagine we'll have new "campaigns" every year with promises of severe consequences for heedless miscreants...it's a wonder the gene pool isn't empty by now.:smiling
     
  10. Gor Blimey Guvnur!

    Gor Blimey Guvnur! What the duck ! Staff Member

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    Yup but let's see if the words of the PM turn anything into action.

    Laws must be enforced strictly now before more such accidents occur. I can’t accept such casualties, not even one death,” Prayut said.
    ‘Avert Songkran carnage’

    Also in the article, changes to be made to public transport and stricter rules for passenger vans. But also in the article: "Passengers will be banned from travelling in the back of pickup trucks". They said this some years back after a similar accident to the Chonburi one on 2nd Jan ....yet you still see this every day.

    Oh well and bang head on wall again.
     
  11. gungchang

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    Impounding the cars of drunk drivers seems like an effective deterrent. It should be done year round.

    In Korea, drunk driving seemed to be an ethnic obligation. Of course, that was only one part of the country and it was many years ago. Still, vehicle impounds sounds like a great idea.

    That, or summary executions.

    In Fullerton, California, the local cable TV showed a drunk who had just murdered a girl on the way to her prom. Her boyfriend wasn't too happy and the police had to restrain him. Those cops weren't too happy, either.

    Yup! I vote for summary executions!
     

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