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New drunk-driving law would punish families

Chutharat Plerin

 

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PHUKET:-- Provincial officials told the Phuket Gazette on October 7 that they are prepared to support and enforce a new law that would punish the families of drunk drivers, should the legislation be approved by Thailand’s Cabinet. 

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith is behind the proposed new law aimed at cracking down on the number of drunk driving accidents, deaths and injuries across the Kingdom. In addition to stricter laws around what constitutes the act of drunk or impaired driving, the legislation seeks to extend punitive fines to the immediate family members of drunk driving offenders.

The legislation comes after a report by the World Health Organization found Thailand to have the second highest road accident fatality rate in the world, with more than a quarter of the Kingdom's deaths attributed to drunk driving.

 

Full Story: http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket-news/New-drunkdriving-law-punish-families/65696?desktopversion#ad-image-0

 
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Just couldn't make the law to fine the dui driver......now they want to extend the fine to encompass the entire family..am I reading this right?...if so, what are these people trying to do??

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If they would just enforce the existing laws, they would not need new ones.

 

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Great idea , so if the family is broke , who's paying ? 

 

 

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22 minutes ago, balo said:

Great idea , so if the family is broke , who's paying ? 

 

 

The farang brother-in-law of course will have double fines levied.

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Thai laws are often much stricter in terms of the scope, the punishment and the interpretation.

 

Thai laws are often unenforced.

 

This allows the police to become very rich and have tremendous power.

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Ridiculous idea. What the police need to do is get out on the roads during the time of day when most drunk driving accidents occur and run breathalyser checks on anyone driving too fast or erratically.

 

 

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Ridiculous idea, just another publicity grabbing headline to make it look as if something's being done.

Let's start with decent enforcement then a proper fine and disqualification for the driver. Charges against other people can be considered if, for example, they allow someone to drive their car without holding a licence or knowing they are drunk.

 

The downside of enforcement is how selective it can be depending on several factors and as far as I know there's no national register of disqualified drivers so someone who is ' disqualified ' can happily take a chance knowing the worst they face is not carrying a driving licence.  Disqualification itself is a joke unless it's for a meaningful period and driving while disqualified should be treated as a contempt of court and be punished accordingly.

 

Meanwhile all that will happen, as with so many issues, is that officials will talk, perhaps new laws will be enacted but will go on the books and forgotten about. Headlines and publicity have been achieved so move on to something else.

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Unless of course they are from wealthy elite families like the Red Bull Ferrari hit and run cop killer.

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10 hours ago, ChrisY1 said:

Just couldn't make the law to fine the dui driver......now they want to extend the fine to encompass the entire family..am I reading this right?...if so, what are these people trying to do??

Punish the innocent as well as those at fault

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10 hours ago, ChrisY1 said:

Just couldn't make the law to fine the dui driver......now they want to extend the fine to encompass the entire family..am I reading this right?...if so, what are these people trying to do??

Convince the driver not to drink....

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1 hour ago, canuckamuck said:

So anyone married to an abusive alcoholic will now also have to pay fines for them too.

Did anybody bother to read the linked article.............it seems to specifically mention parents of teens as being the target........

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What is the extent of 'family'?

 

Can't see this seriously imposed, surely the ones at home have no say in the matter.

 

Ridiculous.

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