Royal Thai Police Promise Very Severe Prison For Drinking While Driving
As expected, Royal Thai Police’s alcohol and driving warnings have again fallen on deaf ears. Probation statistics showed this with a sharp peak on New Year’s Eve.
This came just hours after Bangkok’s RTP spokesman, Major General Yingyot Thepjamnong, warned his compatriots that police are paying increased attention to intoxicated drivers across the country.
In his speech, the major general warned the Thai population against wailing heavy fines and years of imprisonment.
A first offence that does not lead to an accident can result in a driver being fined 5,000-20,000 baht and losing his driver’s license for at least 6 months.
But causing an accident will cost the driver a prison sentence of 1-5 years and/or a fine of 20-100,000 baht or 2-6 years and 40-120,000 baht.
If the death is caused by a drunk driver, the penalty is 3-10 years in prison and a 60-200,000 baht fine.
The probation service alone handled nearly 3,000 cases of drink-driving and drug driving.
Catch up on more stories here
Follow us on Facebook here