The rights and wrongs of police checkpoints

The rights and wrongs of police checkpoints

(Bangkok Metropolitan Police Bureau photo)
(Bangkok Metropolitan Police Bureau photo)

City police have issued photos on their website to show which roadside checkpoints in Bangkok are authorised and which are not.

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City police have issued photos on their website to show which roadside checkpoints in Bangkok are authorised and which are not, as the bureau recently adopted a policy that forbids police from setting up random checkpoints to "enforce road rules".

The Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) released photos of roadside checkpoints which it authorises to be set up to serve specific purposes such as conducting breathalyser tests and inspecting vehicle exhaust emissions.

Among the photos is a checkpoint which defies the MPB's rules, included so as to show the people which kinds of checkpoints are not allowed. Such checkpoints were set up to apparently "enforce road rules", but might be there for other reasons. They are also blamed for obstructing traffic flow by creating bottlenecks.

Pol Lt Gen Chanthep Sesawech, the MPB acting chief, has ordered such checkpoints to be removed as the bureau has circulated letters to city police stations reiterating the ban.

The bureau, however, continues to operate checkpoints for carrying out breathalyser tests, catching motorcycle speed racers and inspecting vehicle noise and exhaust fume emissions.

Before such checkpoints can be organised, there must be written approval from Pol Maj Gen Jirapat Phumjit, the MPB deputy commissioner in charge of traffic, according to the bureau.

This is an illegal or unauthorised checkpoint. All others below, with the green ticks, are legal and authorised. (All photos FB/thaimetropolice)

Following the ban on checkpoints for road rule enforcement, few police were seen on the roads, prompting Pol Maj Gen Jirapat to instruct officers to work towards catching traffic violators who leave their vehicles in no-parking areas, park their vehicles in a way that obstructs traffic, fail to wear safety helmets and drive in the wrong lane.

The bureau said road rules must be enforced when and where necessary but not at designated checkpoints.

The bureau has urged anyone who comes across such road rule enforcement checkpoints or traffic police who flout the ban, to report the incidents to the MPB via the bureau's complaint line at 1197 or call 191 around the clock. Identities of the callers will be kept confidential, according to the bureau.

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  • acting: doing the work of the usual person in a particular job while they are not there, or until a new person starts - ที่รักษาการแทน
  • adopt: to accept or to start using something new - นำมาใช้
  • apparently: based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly - ตามที่ได้รู้มา
  • approval: official permission - การอนุมัต
  • around the clock: throughout the whole day and night; 24 hours - ทั้งวันทั้งคืน
  • authorise: to give official permission for something, or to give someone official permission to do something - ให้อำนาจ, มอบอำนาจ, ให้สิทธิ
  • authorised: given official permission to do something or for something to happen - ได้รับอนุญาต
  • ban: an official statement ordering people not to do, sell or use something - การห้าม
  • blame: to say or think that someone or something did something wrong or is responsible for something bad happening - โยนความผิดให้, ตำหนิ
  • bottleneck: a narrow area where a water in a river or traffic on a road slows or stops - คอขวด
  • breathalyser (noun): a device used by the police to measure the amount of alcohol in a driver’s breath - เครื่องวัดปริมาณอัลกอฮอล์จากลมหายใจ
  • bureau: a government organisation - สำนักงาน
  • checkpoint: a place where people are stopped and questioned and vehicles are examined, especially at a border between two countries - ด่านตรวจ
  • chief: a person with a high rank or the highest rank in a company or an organisation - หัวหน้า, ผู้นำ
  • circulate: to send to many different people - หมุนเวียน
  • come across (verb): to meet or find somebody/something by chance - พบโดยบังเอิญ
  • commissioner: the head of a particular police force in some countries - ผู้ตรวจการณ์
  • complaint: when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory - การร้องเรียน
  • conduct: to do something in an organised way; to carry out — - ลงมือทำ, ดำเนิน, ปฏิบัติ
  • confidential: secret, often in a formal, business or military situation - ที่เป็นความลับ
  • defy: to refuse to obey or accept someone or something - ท้า, เป็นปฏิปักษ์ต่อ
  • deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
  • designated: marked, separated, or given a name for a particular purpose - ถูกกำหนด
  • emissions: gases going into the air - การปล่อยก๊าซเสียสู่ท้องฟ้า
  • enforcement: the process of making sure that something happens, especially that people obey a law or rule - การบังคับใช้กฎหมาย
  • enforce : to make sure laws are obeyed - บังคับให้ใช้, บังคับให้ทำ, ใช้กำลังบังคับให้ปฏิบัติตาม
  • exhaust (noun): the waste gas from an engine, especially a car's, or the pipe the gas flows through - ควันท่อไอเสีย
  • flag (verb): to draw attention to something; to put a special mark next to information that you think is important - ใส่เครื่องหมาย (บนหน้ากระดาษ, การ์ด) ที่เห็นว่าสำคัญ
  • flout (verb): to show that you have no respect for a law, etc. by openly not obeying it - ดูหมิ่น, ดูถูก, เหยียดหยาม
  • flow: continuous movement - การไหล
  • forbid: to state that something is not allowed, according to a rule, law, or custom - ห้าม
  • helmet: a strong hard hat that covers and protects the head - หมวกกันน็อก
  • identity: who or what somebody/something is - ชื่อ เอกลักษณ์
  • illegal: against the law - ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
  • in charge of: to be in a position of having control over somebody/something; having responsibility for somebody/something - ดูแล, รับผิดชอบ
  • incidents (noun): happenings, usually bad - เหตุการณ์
  • inspect: to look at something carefully - ตรวจสอบ, ตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียด
  • issue: to give or provide something official - แจกจ่าย
  • Metropolitan Police Bureau (noun): a city police department, the Bangkok city police department - กองบัญชาการตำรวจนครบาล
  • obstruct: to make it difficult for something to happen or for someone or something to go somewhere - ขวางทาง
  • policy (noun): a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group - นโยบาย
  • prompting: causing - ก่อให้เกิด
  • purposes (noun): the intentions, aims or functions of something; the things that something is supposed to achieve - จุดประสงค์, เป้าหมาย, วัตถุประสงค์
  • randomly: chosen without any particular pattern — - สุ่ม
  • reiterate: to repeat something in order to emphasise it - พูดซ้ำ ย้ำ
  • release: to make known to the public - เปิดเผย, ให้ข่าว, ปล่อยข่าว
  • specific: involving or relating to only one particular thing or type of thing - เฉพาะเจาะจง, โดยเฉพาะ
  • unauthorised: without having permission to do something - ที่ไม่ได้รับอนุญาต
  • urge: to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take - ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น
  • via: through - ผ่าน (ช่องทาง)
  • violators (noun): people who go against or refuse to obey a law, an agreement, etc. - ผู้ฝ่าฝืน, ผู้ละเมิดกฎ
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