The identical measure was implemented in the course of the final New Year holiday break, resulting in a total of 4,052 autos which includes three,032 motorcycles getting seized from drunk drivers amongst 25 December 2015 and 3 January 2016, according to a report from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).
The number of licenses seized would have corresponded to the quantity of cars taken away.
The seizure measure was also used more than the Songkran Thai New Year holiday period in mid April 2016, with authorities seizing 6,613 motorcycles, vehicles and pickups due to drunk driving.
“There was speak for the duration of the year of preparations to have the automobile seizure measure produced a permanent Thai law, with Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan quoted in the media as saying he would ask the National Legislative Assembly to expedite the case for this”, noted Apisakdi Kongkangwanchoke, the spokesman for an international law firm in Thailand, BSA Law.
Established more than 30 years ago, BSA Law offers a range of legal and economic services to the Thai and foreign communities. Its locations of expertise consist of Thai law in common, Thai labour law, corporate law, contracts, home, intellectual house, tax consulting, accounting and auditing, insurance coverage, investment, visa and Thailand work permit matters and how to go about starting a business in Thailand.
Another of Thailand’s initiatives aimed at curbing road accidents took the strategy of showing drunk drivers the consequences of their actions. Following the 2016 Songkran vacation, groups of arrested drunk drivers had been escorted on tours to morgues in several provinces and also taken to witness the suffering of injury victims, as properly as to hear stories from prison inmates locked up for driving offences.
The consumption of alcohol remains a significant trigger of road casualties in Thailand, along with speeding. From 11 to 17 April 2016 – the so-referred to as ‘seven dangerous days’ of Songkran – there have been as a lot of as three,447 road accidents across the nation, with some 442 people killed and 3,656 other individuals injured. Statistics showed drunk driving accounted for 34 per cent of accidents and speeding for 33 per cent.
The ‘seven deadly days’ of the 2016 New Year vacation period claimed 380 road deaths and saw more than three,000 others injured. Statistics place the blame on drunk driving for 24 per cent and on speeding for just more than 17 per cent of accidents.
Becoming the 1st day of this seven day monitoring period for the 2017 New Year holiday, Thursday 29 December 2016 saw the Ministry of Interior open its road accident prevention and reduction centre. Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda as he presided more than the centre’s opening urged holiday drivers to refrain from drinking alcohol and to comply with visitors guidelines.
Operating below the concept this year of ‘Thoughtful Driving, Adherence to Site visitors Laws’, the centre is operating from 29 December to four January 2017 during which, Anupong assured, officials would perform to their utmost to make certain security for all travellers.
The ‘1 Locality, 1 Safe Road’ strategy is a plan being utilised by the ministry, in which regional administrations work to make certain absolute security on a single road in their jurisdiction, such as addressing any causes for danger and accident-prone areas such as rail crossings and road intersections.
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