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Speeding, drunk drivers in fatal accidents over Songkran to face murder charges

BANGKOK: Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon says he has ordered police to charge speeding and drunk motorists who cause fatal accidents during the Songkran holiday with murder.

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 6 April 2019, 02:12PM


About 300 drivers arrested for drunk driving during Songkhran last year drink holy water and swear not to drink-and-drive again, at Bang Phu police station in Samut Prakan province last April. Photo: Suthiwit Chayutworakan / Bangkok Post file

About 300 drivers arrested for drunk driving during Songkhran last year drink holy water and swear not to drink-and-drive again, at Bang Phu police station in Samut Prakan province last April. Photo: Suthiwit Chayutworakan / Bangkok Post file

“I am worried that speeding and drink driving can kill others. We must try to reduce deaths from these causes. So, anyone who violates speed limits or drives under the influence and causes death will be held responsible for murder,” Gen Prawit said at the Defence Ministry yesterday (Apr 5).

The new measure would add to other measures earlier introduced to boost road safety during Songkran, he said. Other measures include impounding the vehicles of drunk drivers.

He did confirm that Songkran revellers will be allowed to travel around on the back of pickup trucks as usual.

“Let it go for now,” said Gen Prawit, who is also the Defence Minister.

Despite the intense road safety campaign for the Songkran festival in April last year, there were still 3,724 traffic accidents, which killed 418 people and injured 3,897 others. Speeding and drink driving were cited as the most common causes.

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Traffic accidents killed 20,169 people in Thailand last year, according to official statistics.

 

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Kurt | 08 April 2019 - 14:36:06

The thai excuser doesn't know the age of 'serial commentator'. Therefore his reaction on other comments doesn't make sense.  It is all just personal insulting attacks, bitterness and hatred., based on nothing.  Never something contributing . Pity.

DeKaaskopp | 08 April 2019 - 09:47:46

"Well,excused due to age" Same could be said about that serial poster,but i think it's his fragile state of mind in general.TIK

Kurt | 07 April 2019 - 13:54:48

A Defence Minister who steps in the shoes of a Minister of Justice, Court Judges ( not independent?) and Prosecutors.  Just from the left hand rich watch arm announcing 'murder'?  That is funny. Well, excused due to age. This can not be taken serious.  And it will not be in Thailand. Always strong words, but no real follow up.TIT

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