Police seek cab drivers helping drunks evade arrest

national March 19, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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The Metropolitan Police Bureau is looking into traffic law to see how they can punish taxi drivers who are reportedly hired by drunken people to drive their cars past police checkpoints, deputy bureau chief Pol Maj-General Adul Narongsak said.

Adul, who is in charge of Bangkok traffic, said yesterday that he had learnt that some clever people paid taxi drivers Bt300 or so to drive through police checkpoints in order to evade arrest for drunk driving. He added that police would set up more checkpoints and keep an eye on taxis loitering near checkpoints.

This move followed a report by Pol Major Mongkol Phrommet, who said some cab drivers made themselves available for Bt300 to drive club goers’ cars through police checkpoints. These cabs are allegedly found parked some 100 to 200 metres from checkpoints, usually near nightclubs in Nawamin, Thong Lor and Rama IV areas.

Once people have safely been ferried past the checkpoint, the temporary chauffeur gets out, walks back to his car to wait for another drunken driver in need of aid.