‘Educational’ police checkpoint finds no students

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Pattaya Police stepped up their traffic-enforcement efforts, setting up a checkpoint at the busy intersection of Second and South roads.

Ten officers led by a police captain manned the official checkpoint Oct. 22, with signs placed to ensure the traffic stop was in compliance with a new Royal Thai Police policy banning ad-hoc mobile checkpoints.

Officers checked for helmet use, licenses, vehicle registrations as well as any drugs or weapons. No offenders were found.

Police set up a checkpoint at the busy intersection of Second and South roads, checking for helmet use, licenses, and vehicle registrations, as well as for drugs or weapons.Police set up a checkpoint at the busy intersection of Second and South roads, checking for helmet use, licenses, and vehicle registrations, as well as for drugs or weapons.

Had lawbreakers been found, however, they would not have been arrested or fined, as the checkpoint was set up under a policy to warn and educate drivers, rather than simply punish them.

Police said the establishment of proper checkpoints also suppresses crimes such as necklace snatches, and reduces accidents.