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StopDrink Network calls for blood tests after all road accidents
« on: December 26, 2017, 06:01:18 PM »

StopDrink Network calls for blood tests after all road accidents

BANGKOK, 23rd December 2017 (NNT) – The StopDrink Network has called on the Public Health Ministry to conduct blood alcohol concentration (BAC) testing on everyone involved in road accidents.

Thirty members of the StopDrink Network traveled to the Ministry of Public Health and submitted a petition with the Permanent Secretary for Public Health M.D. Sophon Mekthon, asking the ministry to issue a regulation requiring everyone involved in a road accident to undergo a BAC test to determine the alcohol level in their blood.

Backing the petition, the minister said such a regulation would significantly reduce the number of road fatalities and would provide sufficient evidence for prosecutors to pursue legal action against drunk drivers.

Those convicted of drunk driving are subject to 10 years in prison or a fine of no more than 200,000 baht, or both.


http://nwnt.prd.go.th/CenterWeb/NewsEN/NewsDetail?NT01_NewsID=WNSOC6012230010012
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Re: StopDrink Network calls for blood tests after all road accidents
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2017, 06:03:58 PM »

It's not clear from the article if "Those convicted of drunk driving are subject to 10 years in prison or a fine of no more than 200,000 baht, or both" is a proposal from the StopDrink Network or an idea from the minister. Whatever, if such a law was introduced, they'd have to introduce another one making it mandatory for the cops to be called for all accidents. At the moment, I don't think it is.
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Re: StopDrink Network calls for blood tests after all road accidents
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2017, 04:38:42 PM »

This is presented as a new idea, but then reading the article it appears it was already applied in 2017:



Work in morgues for drink-driving convicts under parole

The Probation Department will send people who are found by the court of drink-driving and released under parole to perform penance in morgues with hospital staff to let them see for themselves people who were killed as a result of road accidents which are partly caused by drink-driving, said department director-general Prasarn Manaleetrakul on Dec 26.

Mr Prasarn said this is parts of the measures to be taken in a campaign to reduce road accidents during the New Year festival.

Apart from sending drink-driving convicts under parole to work in morgues, the department will also send volunteers under parole to perform social work such as cleaning and levelling roads and removing objects which may cause accidents from traffic surfaces.

Some convicts released under parole will also volunteer to work with the Por Teck Tung Foundation to perform rescue work and work with hospital staff in taking care of people who were wounded or disabled in road accidents.

During this year’s Songkran Festival, there were 5,173 cases of drink-driving and about 2,000 of those found guilty and put under parole were sent to work in hospital morgues.

In 2018, the Probation Department will push for the use of electronic-monitoring (EM) bracelets with convicts released under parole. The department is in the process of drafting the terms of reference (TORs) for the procurement of 4,000 EM bracelets with 100 million baht.

Mr Prasarn said he expected this to be put in practice by May 2018, adding that more budgets may be sought for this purpose for three consecutive years.

Source - Thai PBS 26.12.2017
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Re: StopDrink Network calls for blood tests after all road accidents
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2018, 07:29:49 AM »

Isan doesn't come out well from latest drink-driving statistics. Among first 5 provinces with highest rate of drink-driving incidents, 3 are in Isan, with a peak in Surin:



Drink-driving behind 90% of violations

Drink-driving cases accounted for almost 90% of traffic offences during the New Year holiday period, according to the Probation Department.

Almost 4,000 motorists have been put on probation for traffic law violations nationwide, the department added.

Justice Ministry deputy permanent secretary Thawatchai Thaikhiew yesterday revealed the figures relating to court probation orders against traffic laws violators nationwide during the holiday period between Dec 28 and Jan 2.

A total of 3,936 motorists have been put on probation. Of them, 3,515 cases involved drink-driving or about 89%, while 44 cases involved reckless driving (just over 1%), as well as 376 other traffic violations (nearly 10%), Mr Thawatchai said.

The five provinces with the highest accumulated number of drink-driving incidents are Surin (361 cases), Bangkok (288), Sakon Nakhon (201), Nonthaburi (182) and Ubon Ratchathani (175), he said.

Bangkok Post full report 04.01.2018
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Re: StopDrink Network calls for blood tests after all road accidents
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2018, 07:25:06 PM »

I too completely agree with all views shared here. We really need to curb the menace of drunk or distracted driving. My uncle who works for a Los Angeles DUI attorney often tells me how tragic and fatal these accidents can be.
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Re: StopDrink Network calls for blood tests after all road accidents
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2018, 07:43:49 PM »

I too completely agree with all views shared here. We really need to curb the menace of drunk or distracted driving. My uncle who works for a Los Angeles DUI attorney often tells me how tragic and fatal these accidents can be.

Curious first post H07, in reply to an 8-month-old post and with an embedded link.
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