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Motorcycle racing crackdown

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Another day, another crackdown. Yesterday it was illegally parked vehicles; this time it is motorcycle street racers. It is for real, police say, and racing must be eliminated from roads nationwide within seven days. 

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Young motorcyclists get ready for action on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road despite police threats of an imminent crackdown. (Photos by Patipat Janthong)

Police crack down on road racers

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Police are cracking down on motorcycle street racers who turn out in large numbers on major city roads and have set themselves the ambitious target of ridding the streets of racers within seven days.

Assistant police chief, Pol Lt Gen Ruangsak Charit-ak, said police have decided to take swift action against the racers, also known as dek waen (เด็กแว๊น).

Pol Lt Gen Ruangsak said members of the public have complained that the motorcycle street racers are loud and obstruct traffic.

He said the crackdown started last night on the streets of Bangkok as well as in Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon and Nakhon Pathom outside of the capital.

The 10 main roads used for racing in Bangkok include Ratchadaphisek Road, roads in the Klong Toey area, Kaset-Nawamin Road, Kanchanaphisek Road, Rama 4 Road, Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Phetchaburi Road and Ram Intra Road.

Outside Bangkok, the main roads used for racing include Ratchaphruek Road in Nonthaburi, Bang Na-Trat Road in Samut Prakan and Phetkasem Road in Nakhon Pathom.

Brakes appear to be irrelevant to this young street racer.

Police have made numerous mass arrests and seized hundreds of motorcycles, without ending the night-time races.

Police said parents who fail to control young street racers will also face some type of punishment, along with those who watch the illegal street races.

Auto parts shops that provide motorcycle accessories or modify the bikes and engines will also be charged by the police if they supply substandard parts to motorcycle street racers.

The racers themselves will be jailed and their motorcycles confiscated if they are found guilty of illegal street racing, police said.

Police say more than 200,000 racers, mostly youngsters, were caught nationwide last year.

Pol Lt Gen Ruangsak said police will also be punished if they neglect to take action against people racing on the streets in their jurisdictions.

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Vocabulary:

accessory: an extra piece of equipment that is useful but not essential - ตัวประกอบ, อุปกรณ์

ambitious: difficult and needing a lot of effort to succeed - ความทะเยอทยาน

arrest: (of the police) taking someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime - การจับกุม

charge: to accuse someone officially of committing a crime - ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา

complain: to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/something - บ่น, ร้องทุกข์

confiscated: officially taken away - ถูกยึด

crack down on: to start dealing with someone or something much more strictly - จัดการ, ลงมือปราบปราม

crackdown: strong action that someone in authority takes to stop a particular activity - การใช้กำลังเข้าปราบปรามของเจ้าหน้าที่

guilty: having been decided by a court of law that you committed the crime your were accused of - มีความผิด

illegal: against the law - ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย

imminent: expected to happen soon - ในไม่ช้า จวนเจียน จวนตัว

irrelevant: not important to what you are discussing or doing - ที่ไม่เกี่ยวข้องกัน ไม่สัมพันธ์กัน

jurisdiction: a country or area in which a particular legal system operates - ขอบเขตอำนาจที่ศาลและกฏหมายควบคุมไปถึง

mass: large amounts or numbers - ปริมาณมาก จำนวนมาก

nationwide: throughout a whole country - ทั่วทั้งประเทศ

neglect: to give not enough care or attention to people or things that are your responsibility - ละเลย

numerous: many - มากมาย

obstruct: to make it difficult for something to happen or for someone or something to go somewhere - ขวางทาง

rid: to cause to be free of somebody/something that has been annoying you or that you do not want - ขจัด, กำจัด, ทำให้หมดไป

substandard: not as good as you would normally expect, or not good enough to be accepted - ต่ำกว่ามาตราฐาน

swift: quick - อย่างรวดเร็ว

target: something you want to achieve; a particular number or amount that you want to achieve - เป้าหมาย

threat: saying that you might do something bad or harmful, especially in order to make someone do something - การขู่เข็ญ การคุกคาม ทำให้กลัว

turn out: to be present at an event - เข้าร่วม

youngster: a young person or a child - คนหนุ่มคนสาว, เด็ก

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