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Drunk cycling will soon be considered legal offence with 500 baht fine

Drunk bicyclists who are currently immune to litigation because there is no law to make drunk cycling an offence will in the near future face a fine of 500 baht under a new traffic bill which passed the first reading of the National Legislative Assembly on Thursday.

Pol Maj-Gen Aekkarak Limsangkart, deputy commissioner of Police Education Bureau and a member of the Royal Thai Police’s committee to solve traffic problems, said that the bill would enable police to deal with cyclists who are drunk while riding.

However, he said riding bicycles in public while being drunk is still regarded as a petty offence and the penalty would be  just 500 baht in fine.

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