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Drink driving – treat it as seriously as human trafficking, PM urged

The head of Thailand’s anti drink driving foundation has challenged Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to get tough on drink drivers.

Dr Thaejing Siripanich told Komchadluek that measures to reduce the carnage had consistently failed over the last ten years.

It was time to get tough – drink drivers should face the same penalties as those convicted of human trafficking as their effect on society was similarly severe.

Dr Thaejing was speaking as a Songkran collaboration was announced with the Department of Probation who announced new measures for punishing their civil servants caught drink driving.

DOP director Prasan Mahaleetrakul said that new regulations meant that any of his staff caught drink driving face the prospect of expulsion from the civil service.

The DOP work closely with police and other agencies on road traffic matters at times like Songkran.

Dr Thaejing said that last year 390 people died in the “seven deadly days” of Songkran. There was every reason to believe that the death toll this year would again be between 300 and 400.

Thai VisaKomchadluek

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