Traffic police to propose prison term for motorists ignoring traffic tickets

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The Traffic Police Division is to propose the government to enforce Section 44 of the interim constitution to impose prison terms for traffic violators who ignore traffic tickets for over three months.

The proposal stemmed from the fact that over a million traffic violators still do not come up to pay traffic tickets.

According to the Traffic Police Division, over  1.4 million traffic tickets were issued last year, but merely 400,000 were paid.

Deputy commander of the Traffic Police Division, Pol Col Ekarak Limsangkat said that under his proposal, traffic ticket exceeding 60 days will face increased fine to 1,000 – 5,000 baht, while those exceeding 90 days will be subject to three months in prison, and a fine of 2,000-10,000 baht.

Motorist ignoring traffic tickets will also have their driving licences confiscated, and the police can propose the court to suspend driving licence for over a month, or even to withdraw their driving licences.

He said the proposal would be first forwarded to the Royal Thai Police and to the government and the military junta for approval.