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Call 1197 – public urged to report cops setting up illegal checkpoints

The police themselves have urged the public to report rogue officers setting up illegal checkpoints in Bangkok.

The public have been urged to call 1197 or 191 if they see traffic checkpoints fleecing motorists and bike riders.

Anonymity and secrecy is guaranteed, said Tnews in a story about the matter.

Acting commissioner and new capital top cop Charnthep Sesawech ordered an end to checkpoints a few weeks ago as his first major policy statement. He saw them as pointless and detrimental in improving the traffic situation.

The only exceptions were checkpoints set up to look for drink drivers, street racers and environmental pollution such as emissions and noise.

Most Bangkok residents – indeed those throughout Thailand – would have seen the checkpoints as less a chance to improve the traffic situation and more a chance to improve officers’ salaries with roadside bribes.

Cop in charge of traffic Jiraphat Phumijit was given the task of making sure that the checkpoints stopped and he was also to be informed of any that were set up to deal with drink driving and the like.

But he has also been urging cops to get out of their stations and booths and do their job in improving the traffic situation in the following areas:

*Illegal parking

*Obstruction while parking

*Bike riders with no helmets

*Running red lights

*Vehicles running the wrong way down roads.

Tnews said that since the checkpoints had stopped – and there is much anecdotal evidence to say that has happened in the capital to date in line with the chief’s wishes – there has been an increase in infractions.

So Jiraphat is stepping up his work to get officers busy in arresting and fining offenders.

But to assist in the eradication of checkpoints a hotline has been assigned for the public to report any suspicious or illegal roadblocks. The public can call 1197 or the regular 191 number anonymously to report the police – to the police.

Thai VisaTNews

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