Police yesterday morning arrested 56 youths and impounded 47 motorcycles for illegally racing on Kanchanapisek road in Bangkok's Bang Bon district.
Following complaints by local residents that street racers caused a public nuisance and blocked traffic in the area, police carried out a 45-strong police operation at 2.30 to round up street racers.
Of the 56 youths (44 males and 12 females) arrested, 24 of them – 21 boys and three girls – were under 18 years old.
They would be facing a charge of reckless motorcycle riding with disregard to others’ safety, which was punishable for up to a three-month imprisonment and/or a fine ranged from Bt2,000 to Bt10,0000.
The youths over 18 years old were sent to the Thon Buri Criminal Court, while those under 18 were sent to the Juvenile Court.
In this operation, two policemen – Pol Sr Sgt-Major Jakrapong Pinjai and Pol Sr Sgt-Major Thanapol Thongruang – were slightly injured after being hit with fleeing motorcycles.