Thai police announced that they will put traffic offenders in 8,923 cases caught nationwide during the last New Year period on probation, said Weerakit Hanpariphan, director-general of the Probation Department.
Weerakit revealed that the majority of the offenses recorded during the Seven Days of Danger road safety campaign from December 29th, 2022, to January 4th, 2023, were related to drunk driving, which accounted for over 8,567 cases or 96.01%, followed by driving under the influence of illegal drugs with 335 cases or 3.75%, and reckless driving with 21 cases or 0.24%.
The top three provinces with the highest number of road accidents were Roi Et with 469 cases, Samut Prakan with 388 cases, and Nonthaburi with 364 cases
There were also 699 more cases of drunk-driving accidents in 2023, representing an increase of 8.88% when compared to the New Year period between 2021 and 2022, Weerakit said. 263 offenders in the recent cases were found to be repeat offenders.
Weerakit added that these offenders along with the non-repeat offenders would have to report themselves to the Probation Department to start doing social service work and going through traffic seminars. Some of them would also have their driving license suspended.
If the offender was discovered to be highly addicted to alcohol, they would be transferred to medical centers to undergo a 4-month rehabilitation program.
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