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The acting commissioner of Metropolitan Police Bureau yesterday (Oct 2) announced to lift all traffic checkpoints in Bangkok, reasoning that they didn’t help much to ease traffic problems.
Pol Lt-Gen Chanthep Sesawech, the acting MPB commissioner, announced his priorities in assuming the Bangkok police chief, after he led Bangkok senior police to worship and pay respects to ancient Thai and Chinese shrines at the MPB Headquarters on Monday before assuming the top position in the bureau.
Pol Lt Gen Chanthep said he would lift all traffic checkpoints as he saw setting up such checkpoints do more harm than good.
They couldn’t help much to resolve traffic problems, he said and proposed stricter enforcement of traffic law instead.
He said traffic police must strictly enforce traffic laws on those who, for instance, park their cars in a manner that obstructs traffic flow or run red lights.
He said each traffic police officer will be assigned to ensure reasonable traffic flow in each particular area, warning that if they fail to enforce the law as required, which results in traffic congestion, they could face disciplinary action.
For alcohol, crime and security checkpoints, the new Bangkok police chief assured that they will be allowed to be set up as usual.
However he stressed that there must be a senior police officer on duty at the checkpoint, and prior approval must be sought from the MPB deputy commissioner in charge of traffic before it is set up.
This is necessary in case of complaints because it can find the responsible officer and facilitate investigation, he said.
He added that he will summon a meeting with all police superintendents of 88 police stations in Bangkok to inform them about his policy.