Street racing is not easy to stop

You can understand why relatively few of the young motorcyclists racing on Bangkok streets are caught by police. It’s a difficult job because the youngsters do everything they can to escape.

A total of 53 young people were arrested in a police crackdown on illegal street racing on Sunday. A police officer was injured during the operation.


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Street racing is not easy to stop

You can understand why relatively few of the young motorcyclists racing on Bangkok streets are caught by police. 
 
It’s a difficult job because the youngsters do everything they can to escape.

Early Sunday morning, for example, police received a report that about 80 motorcyclists were racing on inbound Srinakarin Road.

Police eventually caught 53 of them, but it took a big operation to do so.

The operation involved dozens of officers from four police stations – Samrong Nua, Samrong Tai, Bang Pu and Bang Phli – plus more than 100 community service volunteers.

The team was split into three units, who each covered a major route they expected the racers might use if they attempted to outrun the police.

The gang sped down Sukhumvit Soi 107, also known as Soi Bearing, once officers on Srinakarin Road gave chase.

As the gang tried to find a way out down the road's sub-sois, they found themselves trapped in a dead end on Soi Bearing 47.

Pol Lt Col Metha Jiamkraisri, deputy superintendent of Samrong Nua station who was helping to man the checkpoint near the sub-soi was standing in the road and motioning the motorcyclists to stop.

However, the gang tried to force their way through the roadblock and Pol Lt Col Metha was injured.

Some of the racers escaped but police managed to round up 53 of them, of which 23 were passengers.

They also seized 50 motorcycles and two cars being driven by the gang.

The suspects were all aged between 15 and 25. Fourteen of them are aged under 18.

The racers were initially charged with reckless driving.

Interestingly, the parents of the under-18 youngster will also face legal action.

Adapted from a story in the Sunday Bangkok Post.

total – adding the numbers of something/somebody and get a total   ผลรวม, ยอดรวม
arrested – caught by the police and taken to a police station because you are believed to have committed a crime ถูกจับกุม
crackdown – strong action that someone in authority takes to stop a particular activity การใช้กำลังเข้าปราบปรามของเจ้าหน้าที่
illegal – against the law ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
injured – hurt in an accident or attack ซึ่งได้รับบาดเจ็บ
operation – a planned activity involving a lot of people, especially soldiers or police officers การปฏิบัติการ
relatively – somewhat; in comparison with someone or something similar  ค่อนข้าง
youngster – a young person or a child  คนหนุ่มคนสาว,  เด็ก
inbound – travelling towards a particular point, particularly into a city ขาเข้า (opposite of outbound ขาออก)
escape – to get away from a place where you are in danger หนี
eventually – at the end of a period of time or at the end of a process ในที่สุด
community – the people living in one particular area ชุมชน
volunteer – someone who is not paid for the work that they do อาสาสมัคร
split – to divide  ทำให้แตกแยก
route – the roads used to go from one place to another เส้นทาง
outrun – to run faster or further than somebody/something  วิ่งเร็วกว่า,วิ่งไกลกว่า
speed (past: sped) – to move very quickly ไปด้วยความรวดเร็ว
give chase – to start to run, drive, etc. after somebody/something in order to catch them ไล่ตาม
trapped – to be unable to leave a place ถูกกับดัก
dead end – a road or path that ends and you can go no further ทางตัน
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
superintendent – a senior police officer เจ้าหน้าที่ตำรวจระดับสูง
man – to be responsible for working at a particular place ประจำที่
motion – to make a movement, usually with your hand or head to show somebody what you want them to do โบกไม้โบกมือ,  ให้สัญญาณเคลื่อนที่
manage – to succeed in doing something สำเร็จ,จัดการได้สำเร็จ, ทำได้สำเร็จ
round up – to find and bring together a group of people or animals ; sweep up ไล่จับ
passenger – someone who travels in a motor vehicle, aircraft, train, or ship but is not the driver or one of the people who works on it  ผู้โดยสาร
seize – to take something using force จับกุม
suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
initially – at first ในเบื้องต้น
charge – to accuse someone officially of committing a crime ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
reckless – not thinking about the possible bad effects of your actions สะเพร่า
legal – relating to the law or lawyers เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย

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