Traffic tickets soar on nonchalant drivers

Traffic tickets soar on nonchalant drivers

A police officer monitors traffic violation at a control room at the Metropolitan Police Division 2 in Bangkok. (File photo)
A police officer monitors traffic violation at a control room at the Metropolitan Police Division 2 in Bangkok. (File photo)

The number of traffic tickets issued jumped 39% to 11.7 million in 2018 and a repeat offender receiving 144 tickets during the year as penalties were light and no points were deducted from drivers' licences, police said.

The Royal Thai Police Office on Thursday held a meeting to discuss how traffic tickets could better promote road safety. The meeting acknowledged a study which showed the figures of issued traffic tickets.

Statistics showed that 144 tickets were issued to a privately owned transport truck in a year. The truck was used nationwide and was caught on camera speeding and running outside left lanes.

Pol Maj Gen Ekarak Limsangkat, deputy commissioner of the Police Education Bureau, said existing law enforcement could not discourage wrongdoers.

Punishments were not heavy and there was no online platform where police and the Land Transport Department could share drivers' points or data so decisive disciplinary actions could be taken on bad motorists, he said.


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