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Police arrested 102 road racers and two Facebook page administrators for encouraging road racing late on Friday night and early on Saturday.

104 arrested in Bangkok for road racing | News by Samui TimesThe operation saw officers from the Metropolitan Police Bureau, the Tourist Bureau and the Patrol and Special Operation Division man several checkpoints on roads often used by road racers in the Metropolitan Police Division 2 jurisdiction.

At the end of the operation, Pol Maj-General Surachet Hakpal, deputy commissioner of the Tourist Police Bureau, held a press conference at the Metropolitan Police Division 2 to announce the arrests.

Surachet said the operation was carried out after complaints from many residents of the Metropolitan Police Division 2 area, especially on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road and Song Prapha Road.

He said 53 of the road racers were under-18 and 49 others older than 18. Three of them tested positive for drugs.

Police also seized 79 illegally modified motorcycles.

Speaking at the same press conference, Huai Khwang police chief Pol Colonel Kampol Ratanaprateep said two Facebook administrators were arrested for using their pages to encourage others to race on roads.

One of them was a 16-year-old boy for whom an arrest warrant was issued on January 7. He was arrested at a market on Rom Klao Road in Min Buri district.

The other boy, identified as Samphan Yaemmechao, 24, for whom an arrest warrant had been issued on January 8, was picked up from Soi Kingkaew 33 in Samut Prakan’s Bang Plee district.

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