Finally we are seeing common sense being applied where “drink drivers” are concerned.
The Road Safety Policy Foundation wishes to see harsher punishments, with no suspended sentences for anyone caught driving under the influence, in an attempt to reduce road deaths in Thailand.
There are 15,000 people killed annually on the roads in the Kingdom, with 25% being alcohol related.
Incredible, many of those who die at the hands of a drunk driver are pedestrians.
A spokesperson for the The Road Safety Policy Foundation believes the laws are too weak and action must be taken now. Suspended sentences for killing someone whilst under the influence or drugs or alcohol does not send across the correct message. There is no fear factor.
In other countries you could be jailed for manslaughter and banned from driving for a number of years. In Thailand it appears to be acceptable behaviour.
There are many things wrong in Thailand as far as roads are concerned but increasing the penalties to say five years in prison for drink driving, would certainly be a step in the right direction.
Source : Bangkokpost
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