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Phuket police chief levels warning for drink-driving over Songkran

PHUKET: The Chief of the Phuket Provincial Police, Col Teeraphol Thipjaroen, has warned motorists against drink-driving during the upcoming Thai New Year Songkran holidays.

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By The Phuket News

Tuesday 22 March 2016, 04:05PM


An officer from the Thung Thong Police in Kathu conducts a roadside breath test for alcohol. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

An officer from the Thung Thong Police in Kathu conducts a roadside breath test for alcohol. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

“Phuket will continue with the campaign against drink-driving as ordered by the NCPO (National Council for Peace and Order) to enable people to travel safely over Songkran,” he told The Phuket News today (Mar 22).

“Drunk drivers will be arrested and punished in accordance with the law” he added.

However, unlike as announced in the capital Bangkok (see here), police in Phuket will not be impounding cars for set periods under their own authority.

“We will carry out our normal procedure in case of drunk driving here,” Col Teeraphol said.

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“Drunk drivers will be arrested if their alcohol level is over the limit. We’ll temporarily seize their vehicles while they are taken to the station.

“But the court will decide how long their vehicles will be impounded and how long their driving licenses will be suspended,” he added.

Police have yet to announce the annual Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign for this coming Songkran, which will be celebrated by Thais around the world from Wednesday, April 13 to Friday, April 15.

Last year, Phuket was one of four provinces in the country to record zero road fatalities during the Songkran Seven Days campaign. (See story here.)

 

 

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petermach | 23 March 2016 - 12:17:38

drink driving is every day . there should be control in a systematic manner and particularly for public transportation drivers , minibus drivers. What about drug control ?

Kurt | 22 March 2016 - 20:16:07

Well, the yearly Songkran police happening.
Seven days of danger-safety road campaign?
While Songkran is just 3 days?
Just 7 days enforcement, after that back to normal, no enforcement.

Anyway, everywhere on roadsides tents with police and other unidentified officials and hundreds of water bottles. 
You can stop, relax and get a free water bottle, and continue your drive.
Don't disturb...

malczx7r | 22 March 2016 - 17:25:10

Why can't they enforce the law very day? Too much like hard work, like the helmet law, driving the wrong way, parking your bike on the footpath!! Should i go on? 

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