Motorcycle racing on Bangkok streets is considered a sport for the poor. Rich people race on tollways and the results can be just as deadly.
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Rescue workers from the Pohtecktung Foundation cut through the mangled wreck of a Porsche involved in an accident that killed two people, including its driver, and injured another on the tollway in the early hours of April 28. FILE PHOTO
Police are considering tougher measures against car racing on the city's motorways after a fatal accident last month killed two people and left another person seriously injured.
Thaifah Chayaworaprapa, 54, was found dead inside his Porsche. The speed dial was stuck at 280km/hour. Thaifah owned the Buddy Village Hotel on Khao San Road. Also found dead was Pol Maj Sakdipat Pathumarak, inside his Toyota Fortuner sports utility vehicle.
The injured man was Amnart Klinyu, 30, driving a Mazda. He's recuperating at Vibhavadi Hospital.
Police now plan to install more CCTV cameras and radio frequency identification systems along popular racing routes. Speed racers are also likely to face tougher penalties under the law.
The endemic problem of speed racing on Bangkok streets is nothing new. Authorities have traditionally focused most attention on motorcycle racing by youth gangs known as dek waen.
These motorbike racers are generally from low-income families.
However, on the city's many tollways, well-to-do Bangkok youngsters also have been driving fast and furious in their own speed races, competing in expensive and often souped-up cars.
They do it for an adrenaline rush. Sometimes they wager money and even cars. They also do it to impress the girls, and have been racing for years.
"We know racers of luxury cars aren't afraid of fines. They are rich," said Pol Maj-Gen Worasak Nopsittiporn, deputy metropolitan police commissioner.
The preferred routes for luxury car racing are the Utrapimuk tollway, Burapawithi tollway and the main Bangkok tollway. Vehicles of choice for this crowd are European brands such as Porsche, Lamborghini and Ferrari, souped-up Japanese cars and American muscle cars such as Ford Thunderbirds and Chevrolet Camaros.
One racing enthusiast, the owner of a souped-up Honda Civic, said he has been racing for years and does it mainly for the fun of it.
He said racers usually know if the police are likely to arrive, as someone warns them. If not, they simply get in their cars and drive away. Police seldom chase them. And if they do get caught, the stiffest penalty they face is a fine.
"There is nothing to deter us," the driver said. "Sometimes we even get permission to race."
"We know it's dangerous, but it's what we enjoy," he said. "Normally we only race late at night. We make sure the tollway is clear. We don't want to have accidents with any innocents."
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