Roadside checkpoints

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Dear Hillary,

A friend of mine got picked up by the police the other night in one of their roadside check points.  She had her helmet on, all the paper warfare for the bike and carrying no drugs thank you very much.  Fined 200 baht!  For what?  I am told this is a common occurrence.  Any ideas?

Jack and Jill

Dear Jack and Jill,

I wasn’t there, so I can’t really comment, can I?  It is a common occurrence I am told, but since I don’t ride motorcycles I have never had this problem.  I do ride a motorcycle taxi to get across Thepprasit Road as it is far too dangerous for me to cross over to the noodle shop from the office.  I liked the old office better as there was a noodle shop next door.