113,960 drink drivers arrested and 2,991 vehicles seized in three days

The number of drink drivers arrested by officials in the past three days since April 11 has jumped to 113,960 from almost 60,000 on the second day, said Colonel Sirichan Ngathong, deputy spokesperson of the National Council for Peace and Order, on Saturday.

In the meantime, she said that officials had seized altogether 2,991 cars and motorcycles.

The seized vehicles are kept at respective police stations and they can be reclaimed by their owners after the end of Songkran festival in order to prevent them from using the vehicles which may involve in road accidents from drink driving.

Meanwhile on Silom road where thousands of Thais and foreign tourists are expected to gather to participate in the water splashing fun today, more than 700 policemen in plainclothes and uniform have been dispatched to ensure peace and order.

Pol Maj-Gen Panurat Lakboon, deputy commissioner of Metropolitan Police Bureau, made an inspection trip of Silom road in the morning. He said that no cases of physical assault were reported yesterday, but there were ten complaints of missing valuables.

Before entering the road to join the fun-filled event, revelers are subjected to searches to prevent any of them from carrying weapons such as knives or cutters.