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Harsh action proposed against drink drivers

NATIONWIDE: Anti-drink driving networks back calls for a court to specifically handle cases relating to traffic-law violations, and have called for harsher penalties for drink drivers who cause deaths.

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Bangkok Post

Tuesday 11 October 2016, 09:03AM

The Victims of Drunk Driving Network and the Campaign against the Dangers of Alcohol Consumption Network handed a letter to the Justice Ministry yesterday Oct 10) asking for tighter measures against drink driving. Photo: Apichit Jinakul
The Victims of Drunk Driving Network and the Campaign against the Dangers of Alcohol Consumption Network handed a letter to the Justice Ministry yesterday Oct 10) asking for tighter measures against drink driving. Photo: Apichit Jinakul

Representatives of the Victims of Drunk Driving Network and the Campaign against Dangers of Alcohol Consumption Network yesterday (Oct 10) handed a letter to the Justice Ministry to ask it to step up measures to tackle drink driving.

Deputy permanent secretary for justice Thawatchai Thaikhiew, who accepted the letter, said he agreed with calls for tougher laws against drink drivers.

Relatives of victims killed in drink driving-related accidents, including a four-year girl who succumbed to injuries in a road accident in Rayong last month, also went to the ministry.

Jessada Yaemsabai, leader of the networks, said the networks support a government policy, adopted at an Oct 4 cabinet meeting, aimed at preventing road accidents, including cases relating to drink driving.

The networks have also called for traffic laws to be amended so drink driving causing death is on par with an act of premeditated murder, rather than an act of recklessness.

Meanwhile, those in the same vehicle as the offending driver should also be punished, the suggested amendment says.

He added that pubs, bars and other places that sell alcohol to those who cause road accidents should also be held responsible.

The networks have also supported an idea to set up a traffic court to enforce stricter compliance with traffic laws, Mr Jessada said.

The suggestion is among several proposals in a study on traffic problems conducted by the Thailand Research Fund.

Figures show an average of 72 road accidents are caused by drink driving each month, he said.

More than 26,000 people are killed in road accidents each year – 35 per cent-40 per cent of whom die at the hands of drink drivers – while more than B200 billion worth of damage is caused by motoring collisions every year.

On Sept 27, 42 year-old Ruengnam Pornpong drove a pickup truck at high speed and crashed into seven vehicles – two pickups, two cars, and two motorcycles – which were waiting to make a U-turn at an intersection with traffic lights in front of a fruit market in Rayong’s Muang district.

Three people were injured, including Phakjira Tabngam, a 4-year-old girl, who was thrown off a motorcycle she was riding with her mother.

The girl suffered serious injuries to her head and was later pronounced dead at a hospital on Sept 28.

Police charged Mr Ruengnam, the pickup driver, with carelessness causing deaths and injuries.

The deputy permanent secretary for justice said he agrees with a proposal to amend the laws to mete out harsher punishment to drink drivers.

He said a drink driving case is equivalent to attempted murder in some European countries.

Mr Thawatchai added the Justice Ministry will work with state agencies to push for the amendments.

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Ed Sanders | 12 October 2016 - 11:58:22

Have to agree Kurt.  I know that in America, if a drunk driver ends up in an accident, the police find out where they were drinking, and hold the bar responsible for feeding drinks to someone all night.  This place; however, would never impose on a business and curtail their insatiable thirst for money... regardless of the consequences.

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jogi | 12 October 2016 - 11:45:37

only if someone get kill'd? what about all the other injured some with life long disabilitis. if driving DUI this is murder/attemted murder, all the other accident under DUI endanger of the public. for this minimum 3 mt revoke of licence and baht 10'000 for first offender 

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Kurt | 11 October 2016 - 14:26:55

..." bars, pubs, restaurants, and other places that sell alcohol to those who cause road accidents should also be held responsible"....
Ever red greater nonsense?
How does a Bangla Road bar, a restaurant, or any other alcohol serving place know a drinking customer has parked a car somewhere in the neighborhood?

Law enforcement is in hands of RTP, not of a bar or restaurant owner.
As long the RTP is to lazy to enforce traffic laws, don't disturb other civilians with it.

Again thai bla bla before thinking through..

What kind of people are running this country, just trying to by pass to force RTP to enforce existing traffic laws?

On Phuket the RTP was donated a large number of alcohol breath testers. 
RTP not even buy themselves, a show of complete no-interest.
Ever seen them in use at road blocks on Phuket?

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Foot | 11 October 2016 - 12:48:20

They'll never stop it without the police stopping erratic vehicles.
Many of these drivers are drunk.  When sober, they're just plain reckless.  Severe penalties for both, say B10k-20k, along with higher fines for other traffic offenses, who go far in making roads safer.  But, it requires the police to actually work to enforce the laws.  And, as always, that's where the real problem rests.
Having police checkpoints gives the appearance of doing something, they do nothing because most offenders just find a way around the checkpoint.
Put the police to work.

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Lee | 11 October 2016 - 11:07:01

I totally agree with harsher punishments for drunk drivers that cause severe injuries and/or fatalities of innocent by standers and fellow motorists. These drunk drivers must PAY HEAVILY for their recklessness and irresponsibility.

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malczx7r | 11 October 2016 - 10:21:07

About time, though how they gonna figure out which bar to prosecute as many people go to many bars is not gonna work.  And sad about the little girl but how about prosecuting her parents, because sure as eggs are eggs they didn't have a helmet on her, see it every day, disgusting, they wear helmets yet their beloved child doesn't, irresponsible parenting!

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