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The chief of Phuket Police has issued a warning to all motorists that drink driving laws will now be more strictly enforced in a bid to reduce the number of road accidents reported on the island.
Maj Gen Theerapol Thipcharoen announced the warning at a meeting held yesterday (Nove 2) to give an update on the “If you drink and drive you’ll be struck for sure” campaign (Mao laew khab thuk jab nae) that was introducedon October 1.
The campaign has been set up with police being given the task of arresting a specific number of drink drivers in their dedicated areas per month. The numbers are as follows:
Phuket Town, Kathu, Karon and Thalang police must arrest at least 20 cases per month
Chalong, Thung Thong and Vichit 15 cases per month
Cherng Talay and Thachatchai 10 case per month
Kamala 5 cases per month.
“Every station can achieve their targets. We are entering the high season now and New Year is next and that’s when there are high numbers of accidents. More measures need to be taken,” Maj Gen Theerapol explained.
He also urged each police station chief to study their own areas for traffic congestion and road conditions or anything that is likely to increase the chances of an accident.