Crackdown on traffic offenders
Deputy chief of the Metropolitan Police Worasak Noppasitthiporn yesterday instructed traffic police in each precinct to set up checkpoints and issue 100 tickets a day to motorists who break five common traffic offences.These are driving against the traffic flow, driving on footpaths, double-parking, cutting in front of other vehicles from close range and running a red light. However, later yesterday, Worasak said he had not ordered traffic police officers to issue 100 tickets a day, saying he only told them to be strict in enforcing traffic laws.
The move follows many complaints about people on motorbikes and cars who violate the law and cause traffic jams and accidents.
Worasak urged people who see traffic police acting corruptly such as extorting money or forcing charges on people to file complaints along with video clips or audio evidence to his Facebook page or via e-mail to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration deputy clerk Jumpol Sampaopol said the Thai-Belgium overpass across Rama 4-Sathorn Roads would be partly closed for three months for a Bt30-million repair job. The outbound lane toward Klong Toei will close from Feb 15 till March 20 and the inbound lane towards Sam Yan will close from March 21 to May 15. Crown Prince Philippe and Princess Matilda of Belgium will graciously visit the overpass to unveil a Thai-Belgian logo on March 21.