The army is stepping up efforts to curb drink drivers on the roads across the kingdom over the festive period by confiscating vehicles of those found to be over the limit.
According to Army commander in chief General Chalermchai Sittisart who issued a warning to drink drivers yesterday.
The measure to confiscate vehicles was brought into being several years ago and has been proven to reduce accidents according to General Chalermchai.
It was Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha who used article 44 to allow the Army to start enforcing traffic laws.
It is estimated that over 10,000 people will leave the nation’s capital to return to their home provinces to celebrate New Year’s.
If people are found to be over the drink driving limit their vehicle will be confiscated and kept in the province where they are arrested, the drivers will then be punished according to the law and will only get their vehicle back after New Year’s.
Army officers will be setting up special checkpoints on primary and secondary roads in connection with local authorities over the coming days.
General Chalermchai said that confiscated vehicles would be stored in a safe area covered by CCTV.
Soldiers will also be dispatched to many larger New Year’s celebrations to provide additional security for the safety of everyone.
Source : Thenation
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