2,140 vehicles impounded and drivers charged for drink driving

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The National Council for Peace and Order ( NCPO) says a total of 2,140 vehicles were impounded during the past eight days of its campaign against drink driving from December 25 - January 1.

NCPO deputy spokesperson Col Sirichan Ngathong said today that of the vehicles impounded, 1,952 are motorcycles, and 188 are cars.

During the period, she said 16,650 motorcyclists, and 6,565 drivers of public transport and private cars were charged with violation of traffic law.

Only in a single day yesterday (Jan 1), authorities found 6,091 violations of drink driving ban by motorcyclists, prompting the need to impound 740 motorcycles and charged 5,216 motorcyclists.

On Dec 31, there were 7,954 violations of the drink driving ban by motorcyclists. 665 motorcycles were impounded and 5,194 motorcyclists were charged with violating the traffic law.

Col Sirichan said authorities also found 2,667 violations of drink driving ban by drivers of public transport and private cars yesterday. Authorities have to seize driving licences of 238 drivers, impound 96 vehicles, and charged 2,242 drivers.

On Dec 31, there were 2,362 violations of the ban by vehicles for public transport and private cars. 27 cars were impounded and 2,104 drivers charged with violation of traffic law.

She said New Year celebrations last night by Thai people and tourists at several venues went on with funs and joys with no untoward incidents.

This was achieved through cooperation from the people and authorities to ensure safety during the festive season, she said and thanked all those concerned for the peaceful celebrations.