Stricter traffic rules expected in July

Stricter traffic rules expected in July

Motorists on Thursday occupy a marked pedestrian crossing while they wait for a traffic light at Asoke intersection to turn green, which is a violation of traffic rules. Traffic cameras around the intersection noted more than 25,000 such violations since the start of this month alone. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)
Motorists on Thursday occupy a marked pedestrian crossing while they wait for a traffic light at Asoke intersection to turn green, which is a violation of traffic rules. Traffic cameras around the intersection noted more than 25,000 such violations since the start of this month alone. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)

Increased fines for traffic offences are expected to come into force in July, says the House committee on transport.

Under the bill, the fine for traffic offences such as failing to comply with traffic signs will be increased four-fold from 1,000 baht to 4,000 baht, said the committee.

The House committee has been working on road safety rules, especially speeding, and is pushing for stricter regulations for riders of big bikes -- who must have a special licence -- to curb accidents involving such vehicles.

Motorists who fail to stop at pedestrian crossings will be fined up to 4,000 baht, he said.

The safety of pedestrians has become a hot topic after a fatal accident in which Pol L/C Norawich Buadok rode his Ducati into a doctor while she was using a zebra crossing last Friday.

The result of a forensic examination will determine if the policeman is to be charged with speeding. The result is expected today.

Meanwhile, a Myanmar woman was seriously injured when she was hit by a pickup truck on Wednesday night in Samut Prakan's Bang Phli district, police said.

The victim was using a pedestrian crossing when the vehicle ran into her. Police said the motorist was initially charged with reckless driving causing injuries to others. He could also be charged with failing to stop for others.

Vocabulary

  • committee: a group of people who are chosen, usually by a larger group, to make decisions or to deal with a particular subject - คณะกรรมการ
  • curb: to control or limit something - จำกัดขอบเขต, ควบคุม
  • fatal: causing someone to die - ถึงตาย
  • House: House of Representatives - สภา
  • licence: an official document that gives someone permission to do or use something - ใบอนุญาต
  • offence: a crime or illegal activity for which there is a punishment - การกระทำผิดกฎหมาย
  • pedestrian crossing: zebra crossing, crosswalk - ทางม้าลาย, ทางขีดเส้นดำสลับขาว เป็นที่ให้คนเดินข้ามถนน
  • reckless: not thinking about the possible bad effects of your actions - สะเพร่า
  • regulations: official rules that control the way that things are done - ระเบียบปฏิบัติ
  • strict: demanding that rules are obeyed; very careful and exact - เข้มงวด
  • zebra crossing: zebra crossing, pedestrian crossing, crosswalk - ทางม้าลาย, ทางขีดเส้นดำสลับขาว เป็นที่ให้คนเดินข้ามถนน
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