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Hundreds of drivers had the wheels of their vehicles clamped yesterday as part of a campaign launched nationwide to reduce traffic violations, police said.
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The wheel-clamping campaign isn't confined to Bangkok. Here, a police officer enforces the law in Phitsanulok province's Muang district on Aug 18, 2014. CHINAWAT SINGHA
Car clamping campaign begins
I avoid narrow and busy Soi Ekamai in favour of Thonglor on my way to work each day. Soi Thonglor has the advantage of allowing left turns on red lights which speeds up travel to Sukhumvit Soi 40 – unless, as is often the case, there is a parked car blocking the left lane.
Yesterday, the left lane was clear. The reason may have been a new campaign launched nationwide yesterday to reduce traffic violations.
Hundreds of drivers had the wheels of their vehicles clamped in Bangkok alone yesterday, police said.
Senior adviser Pol Gen Wutti Lippatapanlop carried out inspections at 13 of the capital's busiest roads, including Soi Thong Lor, to enforce parking bans on vehicles in prohibited areas.
In the city, 428 offenders had their wheels clamped between 6am and noon. The highest number of offenders was found on Lat Phrao 101 Road with 152 cars clamped.
The launch of the campaign was overseen by Deputy Metropolitan Police Chief Adul Narongsak and Pol Gen Wutti who had ordered more than 200 police officers to begin enforcing the campaign nationwide.
Pol Maj Gen Adul said the Metropolitan Police Bureau will supply a large number of clamps to police at various stations.
Police chiefs at stations nationwide have been ordered to allocate a budget for the clamps, he said.
At least 20 drivers had their vehicles clamped yesterday morning in Nakhon Ratchasima province, police said.
Pol Maj Gen Prayad Boonsri, deputy commissioner of Police Region 3 Bureau, said some residents had opposed the wheel-clamping campaign.
He urged people, especially public figures, to understand that parking in prohibited areas is illegal and is a direct cause of traffic congestion.
Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post.
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advantage: a condition giving a greater chance of success - ความได้เปรียบ
adviser: a person who gives advice, especially somebody who knows a lot about a particular subject - ที่ปรึกษา
allocate: to officially give out an amount of or share of something - แบ่งส่วน
avoid: to stay away from a place; to try to prevent something from happening - หลีกเลี่ยง
ban: an official statement ordering people not to do, sell or use something - การห้าม
block: to stop someone/ something from moving through or along something else - ปิดกั้น, กีดขวาง
budget: an amount of money able to be spent on something - งบประมาณ
campaign: a planned series of activities - การรณรงค์
clamp: to hold something tightly, or fasten two things together, with a clamp (a device that is attached to the wheel of a car that has been parked illegally, so that it cannot be driven away) - หนีบไว้,จับไว้, ล็อคล้อ
clamping: attaching a device to the wheel of a car that has been parked illegally, so that it cannot be driven away - การล็อคล้อ
commissioner: the head of a particular police force in some countries - ผู้ตรวจการณ์
congestion: a situation in which a place is crowded with people or vehicles - แน่นขนัดไปด้วยรถหรือคน
deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
enforce : to make sure laws are obeyed - บังคับให้ใช้, บังคับให้ทำ, ใช้กำลังบังคับให้ปฏิบัติตาม
illegal: against the law - ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
in favour of: preferring to choose someone or something that you believe is better -
inspection: an official process of checking that things are in the correct condition or that people are doing what they should - การตรวจสอบตรวจตรา
launch: to start something - เริ่มต้น, เปิดโครงการ, เริ่มทำ
metropolitan police: the police in responsible for a city - ตำรวจนครบาล
narrow: not wide; having a small distance from one side to the other, especially in comparison with the length - แคบ
nationwide: throughout a whole country - ทั่วทั้งประเทศ
offender: a person who is guilty of a crime - ผู้กระทำความผิด
oppose: to disagree with or not approve of a plan or policy - คัดค้าน
oversee: to watch or organise a job or an activity to make certain that it is being done correctly - คุมงาน,ควบคุม
prohibit: to not allow; to ban - ห้าม
public figure: a well-known person -
reduce: to make something smaller or less in amount, size, importance etc - ลดลง
resident: a person who lives in a particular area - ผู้ที่อาศัยในท้องที่
senior: with a high rank or position - อาวุโส
supply: to provide somebody/something with something that they need or want, especially in large quantities - จัดหาให้, จัดส่งให้
urge: to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take - ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น
violation: the breaking of a rule or a law - การฝ่าฝืน