How can Thailand curb its appalling road fatality rate?

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Re: How can Thailand curb its appalling road fatality rate?

Post by buksida » Mon May 28, 2018 8:47 am

Cops eye traffic offences points system

Police are hoping to introduce a penalty point system to deal with traffic offences as part of an effort to improve road safety in the country.

Pol Lt Gen Nathathorn Prousoontorn, the assistant police chief, said efforts must be made to amend traffic laws since the current light punishments do not appear to scare road offenders into changing their driving habits.

Fines, he said, tend to affect the poor more than the wealthy who can afford to speed and pay them when caught.

Police are in the process of linking traffic offences to a demerit point system which authorities would consider when renewing a driver's licence, he said. It is unclear when police hope to introduce the new system.

According to Pol Lt Gen Nathathorn, generally, each driver would have a full 12 points.

Minor offences, including riding motorcycles without a helmet, not wearing a seatbelt and speeding over the limit, could result in the deduction of one point.

It would cost the drivers two points if they committed "moderately serious" offences, such as running a red light, driving on the wrong side of the road or driving at a speed of more than 130 kilometres per hour.

Severe traffic offences would result in the deduction of three points. These include drink driving, driving under the influence of drugs and driving at speeds of more than 160km per hour.

If all the 12 points are deducted, drivers would have their licences suspended for 90 days.

However, it has not been determined how long point deductions for various offences will last for.

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Re: How can Thailand curb its appalling road fatality rate?

Post by Big Boy » Mon May 28, 2018 9:22 am

All they have to do then, is get Thais to obtain a licence before driving.

The kiddie who drove his bike under my truck did not have a licence, but that was only considered a minor offence and not punished because he'd hurt his leg.
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Re: How can Thailand curb its appalling road fatality rate?

Post by HHTel » Mon May 28, 2018 3:51 pm

Severe traffic offences would result in the deduction of three points. These include drink driving, driving under the influence of drugs and driving at speeds of more than 160km per hour.
Ridiculous! You can drive drunk or up to your eyeballs on ya-ba 4 times before your points are used up and you may face a ban for 90 days.

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