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Young motorcycle racers may take police warnings more seriously if a new tyre puncturing device is put into use on Bangkok streets. 

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A mobile device which can deliver a 4-metre metal row of spikes to stop motorcycles is demonstrated at the Police Headquarters yesterday. Police are mulling whether to buy the equipment to deter teen bike racers. Photos by THITI WANNAMONTHA


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Motorcycle racers targeted

Thailand's new national police chief Adul Saengsingkaew is taking aim at one of the country's most dangerous groups: street motorcycle racers.

Street racing ‘‘is a blatant violation of the law’’, he said yesterday. ‘‘If the police fail to stop it, more people will follow suit and racing could become an acceptable trend among youngsters.’’

Senior police officers have been making similar statements for years only to be ignored by the fearless young racers, but Pol Gen Adul is considering a new weapon that may catch their attention.

Yesterday he viewed a demonstration of sharp metal spike sets, mobile metal rows of spikes that can be extended up to 4.5 metres.

The demonstration involved a motorcycle driving over the device. The vehicle could only run on for between 20 and 50m after both tyres were punctured.

The aim of the device is to cause air in the tyres to slowly leak out to avoid accidents caused by a sudden tyre burst, Pol Gen Adul explained.

The police chief said he has not yet decided if the spike traps will be used, however.

‘‘We have to consider the issue carefully, both in terms of the practical and legal aspects,’’ he said.

If the devices are bought, they will be distributed to city police and units in suburban areas where racing is rampant, he said.

Pol Gen Adul said he has ordered all police units to tackle the problem of motorcycle racing, which he called a source of other social vices.

‘‘I understand that the problem won’t go away in one month but the situation should improve,’’ he said.
 
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post.

device – a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร
row – a number of objects arranged in a line; a number of people standing or sitting next to each other in a line แถว
spike – something sharp and pointed, especially a piece of metal or wood ตะปูยักษ์
demonstrate – to show something and explain how it works สาธิต
headquarters – the place where an organisation or company has its main offices กองบัญชาการ
mull – to think carefully about something over a period of time; to consider ครุ่นคิด, พิจารณา
deter – to make someone decide not to do something ขัดขวาง, ยับยั้ง, ป้องกัน
target – to direct something at someone or something ตั้งเป้าหมาย
take aim at – to focus on; to target ให้ความสนใจไปที่, ตั้งเป้าหมาย
blatant – in an obvious or open way โจ่งแจ้ง โอ้อวด อึกทึก
violation – the breaking of a rule or a law การฝ่าฝืน
follow suit – to act or behave in the way that somebody else has just done  ทำตาม
acceptable – that somebody agrees is of a good enough standard or allowed ยอมรับได้
trend – a new development in clothing, make-up, behaviour, etc แนวโน้ม
senior – with a high rank or position อาวุโส
similar – like somebody/something but not exactly the same คล้ายกัน
statement – something that you say or write that gives information or an opinion แถลงการณ์, คำแถลง
ignore – to intentionally not listen or give attention to ทำเพิกเฉย
fearless – not afraid กล้าหาญ,ปราศจากความกลัว
consider – to give careful thought to something before making a decision พิจารณา
attention – the interest or thought that you give to something you are doing, listening to or watching ความสนใจ, ความตั้งใจ
mobile – able to move or be moved around ซึ่งเคลื่อนที่ได้ง่าย
extend –to make something longer  ขยายออกไป
puncture – to make a small hole in the surface of something such as a tyre with something sharp เจาะ
aim – purpose; goal เป้าหมาย จุดมุ่งหมาย
leak – (of a liquid or gas) to flow out of a hole or crack รั่ว
avoid – to try to prevent something from happening หลีกเลี่ยง
burst – to break open suddenly because there is too much pressure inside or against โพล่ง, แตก, ระเบิด
trap – a piece of equipment for catching animals/people/vehicles, etc.  กับดัก
issue – a problem that needs to be considered ประเด็น
aspect – one part of a situation, problem, subject, etc ด้าน,มุม
in terms of – a particular aspect of a subject เกี่ยวกับ,  เกี่ยวข้องกับ
practical – suitable for the situation in which something is used ที่ขึ้นอยู่กับความเป็นจริง
legal – relating to the law เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
distribute – to give something out to many different places  แจกจ่าย
unit – a group of people who work or live together, especially for a particular purpose หน่วย,กอง,กลุ่ม
suburban – of an area or town near a large city but away from its centre ชานเมือง
rampant – existing, happening or spreading in an uncontrolled way รุกลาม อาละวาด กำเริบ รุนแรงจนควบคุมไว้ไม่ได้
tackle – to make an organised and determined attempt to deal with something จัดการ, รับมือ
source – the cause of something – ต้นกำเนิด
vice – criminal activities, especially those that involve sex or drugs ความชั่วร้าย, เรื่องชั่วทางเพศ
improve – to get better  ดีขึ้น

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