Thai PM orders crackdowns on drunk driving
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the Royal Thai Police to regularly set up road checkpoints to crack down on drunk driving following a tragic accident in Chiang Mai.
Deputy Government Spokesman Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Monday that Prayut ordered police to set up road checkpoints regularly to check blood alcohol level of motorists.
The order was given after a university student, who was drunk, crashed her car into a group of five cyclists on a road in Chiang Mai’s Doi Saket district Sunday morning.
Sansern said Prayut wanted police to take drastic actions against drunk drivers without leniency.
Three cyclists were killed and two others injured. The accident became a hot issue among online social networkers who condemned the drunk driver. Others expressed concern that highways might not be safe for cyclists t ride anymore.
Sansern said Prayut also extended his condolences to the families of the killed cyclists.
Prayut, who admits that he likes to ride a bicycle and who has told local administrations nationwide to build bike lanes, said motorists should have heart for cyclists.
During the road accident monitoring periods for long New Year and Songkran holidays, drunk driving was always the biggest cause of the fatal accidents.
In a latest accident caused by drunk driving, an Army conscript was killed along with his wife and a two-year-old boy when his pick-up truck crashed into a roadside power pole in Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district at 8 pm Sunday.
His friend told police that the Army private, Prommin Prommuakwa 22, had drank at his house and was driving to drink at the friend’s place.