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Health Minister supports call for alcohol blood tests for all road accidents

BANGKOK: The Minister for Health has supported a call for the Public Health Ministry to conduct mandatory blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) tests on all people involved in road accidents.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 23 December 2017, 12:43PM

Members of the StopDrink Network submitted the petition to the Public Health Ministry in Bangkok yesterday (Dec 22). Photo: NNT

Members of the StopDrink Network submitted the petition to the Public Health Ministry in Bangkok yesterday (Dec 22). Photo: NNT

The support came after 30 members of the StopDrink Network massed at the Ministry of Public Health headquarters in Bangkok yesterday (Dec 22) and submitted a petition with the Permanent Secretary for Public Health M.D. Sophon Mekthon.

The petition calls for the ministry to issue a regulation requiring everyone involved in a road accident to undergo a BAC test to determine the alcohol level in their blood.

Backing the petition, the minister said such a regulation would significantly reduce the number of road fatalities and would provide sufficient evidence for prosecutors to pursue legal action against drunk drivers, reported state news agency NNT. (See story here.)


Late last year, Lt Col Theerawat Liamsuwan, Deputy Superintendent of the Traffic Police Division of the Phuket City Police, reminded motorists should that much harsher penalties for drunk driving were introduced in 2015.

Under the new laws, the BAC limit for professional and commercial drivers, and drivers under 24 years old, remains zero, and the legal BAC limit for all other drivers is 0.05%.

The current penalties for drunk driving are:

  • Drunk driving: Up to one year imprisonment or a fine of B5,000 to B20,000 or both, and driver’s license suspended for six months.
  • Drunk driving causing bodily or mental harm to others: One to five years imprisonment or a fine of B20,000 to B100,000 or both, and driver’s license suspended for up to one year.
  • Drunk driving causing serious injury to others: Two to six years imprisonment or a fine of B40,000 to B120,000 or both, and driver’s license suspended for up to two years.
  • Drunk driving causing death: Three to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of B60,000 to B200,000 and your driver’s license will be cancelled. Whether you will be allowed to apply for a driver’s license again during your lifetime is up to the court.



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Capt B | 31 December 2017 - 17:23:11

I have previously had a roadside breathtest before in Phuket, however I have recently been advised that the breath test is not immediately followed up with an accurate blood alcohol test @ the local hospital & that drivers are being sent to jail/arrested for blowing over the 0.05 limit. Totally wrong! No arrests should occur on the strength of a highly inaccurate breath test. Justice gone wron...

Capt B | 24 December 2017 - 12:44:03

..drunk driver & end up in a wheelchair because of it or end up dead, in which case, you'll never get a say in the matter.

Capt B | 24 December 2017 - 12:37:47

Take the and/or decision away from the Judges / Magistrates / Courts, that way, no matter how much money somebody has, they will still go to jail.
Now is the time to do this while Thailand still has a good Military Government.Leave it up to corrupt politicians & they'll enact the legislation to suit themselves.That's my opinion anyway, & I am sure it would be yours if you get wipe...

Capt B | 24 December 2017 - 12:32:56

3) Any driver leaving the scene of an accident where somebody has been injured, no matter how small the injury should be deemed to be drunk or under the influence of meta-amphetamine. This includes those that appear at a police station after the accident to surrender themselves. (MANDATORY ONE YEAR JAIL SENTENCE).

Capt B | 24 December 2017 - 12:28:04

The current penalties for drunk driving & driving whilst under the influence should be;
1) Drunk & Meta- Amphetamine Driving: A minimum of one year 
imprisonment (MANDATORY),(No Suspended Sentences), plus a minimum fine of B100,000.
2) Drunk Driving & Meta-Amphetamine Driving causing minimal injury or death to others:Minimum 3 to 10 years imprisonment (3 YEARS MANDATORY IMPRISONMENT...

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