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Phuket police to seize drunk drivers’ vehicles, licences over New Year

Phuket police to seize drunk drivers’ vehicles, licences over New Year

PHUKET: Police in Phuket will seize driver’s licences and vehicles of people caught drunk driving during the upcoming Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign over the New Year holidays – and will not release them until the campaign is over.

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By Yutthawat Lekmak

Friday 23 December 2016, 10:21AM


Police will seize the driver's licence and vehicle of any people caught drunk driving during the Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign over the New Year. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot / file

Police will seize the driver's licence and vehicle of any people caught drunk driving during the Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign over the New Year. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot / file

The strict measure was aimed at deterring people from drunk driving as a way of reducing the number of road deaths and injuries during the busy period, Phuket City Police Chief Col Kamol Osiri confirmed to The Phuket News.

The Seven Days campaign will start at midnight as Phukiet enters Dec 29 and end at midnight at the close of Jan 4, Col Kamol said.

“Officers will be posted at many police checkpoints across the island to help with prevent traffic jams, to provide assistance and safety for travellers during the New Year holidays.

“During this period, we will have local rescue workers as well as local administrative authorities in each area to help us provide maximum safety for all,” he said.

Drunk drivers will be specifically be targeted, Col Kamol noted.

“During the campaign, we will seize the driving licence and vehicle of any people caught drunk driving. Both will be kept at the police station until the Seven Days campaign is over,” he said.

“We will also seize rental vehicles of foreigners caught drunk driving,” Col Kamol noted.

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“The owner or representative of the rental-vehicle company must come to collect it after Seven Days are over. However, the owner or representative must bring the rental agreement that the foreigner signed in order to claim the vehicle back,” he warned.

Harsher penalties for drunk driving were introduced last year. Under the new laws, the BAC (blood-alcohol concentration) 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 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 licence 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 licence 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 licence 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 licence will be cancelled. Whether you will be allowed to apply for a driver’s licence again during your lifetime is up to the court.

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simon01 | 23 December 2016 - 13:23:14

Ha Ha. this makes me laugh. Every night of the year there are hundreds of drunks leaving bangla road patong. bar girls, bar owners and customers. The police can catch over 100 per night if they like. Now they just do this for one week a year. They should be doing this 365 days a year. They only do it now to boost their Christmas / new years fund. If they really wanted to reduce the deaths on the r...

Kurt | 23 December 2016 - 11:00:22

I am puzzled why there is such thing as a 7 Days Campaign only. 

Is this the usual daily tent-sitting check points operation along the roads until midnight?
Why is there not 365 days a year traffic law enforcement on Phuket?

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