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Electronic Monitoring

Street racers to be monitored with electronic anklets

Electronic monitoring (EM) will soon be used to keep track of young offenders who have been given suspended prison terms for misdemeanours, in order to give them a chance to rehabilitate themselves, a senior Bangkok North Municipal Court judge said yesterday.

For adult offenders, EM will be used in drunk-driving cases, while for young offenders it will be used in street-racing cases, said Surajit Sribunma.

Those convicted of such offences will still undergo mandatory public service while wearing the EM devices to prevent them repeating the behaviour that led to their crimes, he added.

Wearing EM devices on their ankles, convicted street racers will be prohibited from going out at night to take part in or watch races - most likely between 10pm and 4am - during a seven-day period.

Drunk drivers will be discouraged from going out at night, to lower the likelihood of them driving home inebriated.

There are 200 EM devices available for use by the Bangkok North Municipal Court, Surajit said.

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