now i don't know how the f**k they come up with these figures and they do seem a bit far fetched....but it's taken from thaivisa and the nation ....o it must be true.not only r they gonna crack down on drink drivers but booze is gonna be 3 times cheaper (i don't f**king think so somehow) when the Asean free trade agreement comes into effect !!! BANGKOK: -- The government is imposing a strict law against drunk driving, under which violators will be arrested immediately and be subject to prosecution within 48 hours, a Bangkok seminar on road safety was told yesterday.
A mandatory fine of between Bt5,000 and Bt20,000 will also be imposed on convicted violators, along with the drivers' licence being suspended for six months or forever for repeat offenders, judge Prasong Mahaleetrakool said.
The law is currently being tried out at Bangkok's Thung Maha Mek police station, where drunkdriving violations are the most frequent. "The casualties from road accident in their jurisdiction is even higher than robberies or other crimes," Pol MajGeneral Anuchai Lekbamrung told the seminar.
The law will be strictly enforced during the holiday period. Each year, at least 12,000 people die and 100,000 get injured from road accidents, which costs the state around Bt240 billion. The Don't Drive Drunk foundation is concerned that the rate of road accidents would rise next year when liquor will become three times cheaper thanks to the Asean free trade agreement.
-- The Nation 2009-12-03