Highway Police join city forces in erecting roadway checkpoints

Friday, 25 January 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 4 By  Vittaya Yoondorn

Thailand’s Highway Police are getting into the random-checkpoint business, erecting their own stops on Sukhumvit Road to ticket motorcyclists and enforce traffic-safety laws.

Capt. Mongkol Nontheeraroj dispatched police officers and volunteers Jan. 18 at Sukhumvit Soi 72 to establish checkpoints they claim prevent crimes.

Mongkol, however, said the focus was on catching motorcyclists not wearing helmets, missing registrations and car drivers not wearing safety belts.

In addition, the checkpoints allow police to enforce strict traffic rules, ticketing speeders and searching “suspicious” cars. However, no checkpoints thus far recovered any illicit drugs or weapons.

It seems to be target season in Pattaya, as checkpoints are popping up everywhere, like this one on Sukhumvit Road. It seems to be target season in Pattaya, as checkpoints are popping up everywhere, like this one on Sukhumvit Road.

The highway checkpoints come days after Pattaya Police expanded their own network of checkpoints, adding five new stops in North Pattaya also targeting motorcyclists.

Last modified on Friday, 25 January 2013 09:52
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  • Comment Link Wednesday, 30 January 2013 13:01 posted by Risen

    What about some RBT's, that might clean up the carnage foreigners included.

  • Comment Link Saturday, 26 January 2013 08:53 posted by Jerry S

    Yeah; like we need more obstacles on Sukhumvit. Nutz

  • Comment Link Friday, 25 January 2013 22:04 posted by Jacko

    I really pray this is not a false start and will continue in keeping with the will to make Pattaya into a clean, safe and green city for everyone. 30million tourist per year by 2017 is a lot of people (average of nearly 2.5million people flowing through monthly). Law and order is strictly required and cow-boys & -girls need to go.

  • Comment Link Friday, 25 January 2013 19:38 posted by Robert

    The traffic is miserable this year and the worst I have ever seen for high season. This seems to be primarily a shakedown for money. How many die a week in motorcycle accidents in Pattaya? We have intersections that are true death traps caused by LED signage such as exists on Thrappaya facing Theprasit. A night time driver could be totally blinded. I would suggest a series of "Pattaya's most dangerous intersections" so that on my increasingly rare occasions to drive into Pattaya I will know which to avoid.

    Happy in Jomtien.