Police street racing crackdown sees 20k bike seizures

Police street racing crackdown sees 20k bike seizures

Motorcycles fill a parking lot, some of almost 20,000 seized in a nationwide crackdown on street racing between Nov 11 and Saturday. A total of 922 racers were arrested. Pattarapong Chatpattarasill
Motorcycles fill a parking lot, some of almost 20,000 seized in a nationwide crackdown on street racing between Nov 11 and Saturday. A total of 922 racers were arrested. Pattarapong Chatpattarasill

Almost 20,000 motorcycles have been seized and 1,000 racers arrested in a recent nationwide crackdown on street racing.

Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittipraphat, deputy national police chief and director of the Public Road Racing Suppression Centre, said the Nov 11-20 clampdown saw police arrest 922 racers and their accomplices and seize 19,046 motorcycles and 118 cars.

More than 2,500 parents were officially warned and threatened with prosecution, while 182 garages that modify bikes were raided.

Some 3,382 motorcycles were found to have had illegal exhaust pipes fitted while 13 suspects were arrested for promoting races.

Pol Gen Damrongsak said the clampdowns reinforced stronger suppression of street racing which has been reduced since 2019. Laws are being amended to provide greater powers to suppress it, he added.

Police have also sought cooperation from internet influencers and YouTubers to warn racers about possible punishments for racing on public roads and were working with the Department of Land Transport to educate youths on how to use roads properly and safely.

Police are also asking the public to report racing via the 1599 hotline, phoning 191 or through the Facebook fan page: SocialMediaRoyalThaiPolice.

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