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Get 3,000 baht for reporting illegal street racers, RTP tells public

The Royal Thai Police have told the public that they can get 3,000 baht for reporting illegal street racers starting next month. 

The move comes after successful crackdowns on racers, mostly motorcyclists. 

But the RTP have warned the public – providing false information could land you in jail or face a heavy fine. 

Pol Lt-Gen Damrongsak Kittipraphat was talking to the press at RTP HQ in his capacity as a member of a committee looking into the problem of street racing in Thailand. 

He said that the public could provide information to the police in a number of ways such as with dash cam clips, calls to the 191 or 1599 numbers or by leaving information on the RTP’s social media page. 

If there are successful prosecutions the informant can get 3,000 baht. The money would come from a special “investigation fund”. 

But he warned people who gave false information could be jailed for a month or fined 10,000 baht. 

In related news the number of street racers in Bangkok last long weekend, usually a busy time for the police in arresting miscreants, was down. 

But the problem was just as bad outside the capital with Nakorn Sri Thammarat and Chaiyaphum said to be hotbeds of street racing, said Daily News. 

In two separate crime sweeps in the last month more than 48,000 people have been arrested and fined with racers, promoters and parents being charged. People with adapted exhausts and using adapted vehicles were also part of this number and fined. 

A second crackdown netted far fewer breaking the law than the first with police saying that their measures were proving effective in the battle against street racing. 

In the light of this success Daily News did not say why it was now necessary to offer incentives to the public to report on illegal racers, notes Thaivisa. 

Thai VisaDaily News

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