The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) said on Tuesday (Apr 17) that military officers manning all road checkpoints have arrested more than 200,000 drivers for drunk driving during the past six days of the Songkran festival.
NCPO deputy spokesman Col Sirichan Ngathong said only on April 16, 52,298 drivers of motorcycles were arrested, and 2,767 motorcycles were seized.
She said of these motorcycle drivers arrested, 34,521 were charged for drunk driving.
As for public transport vehicles, and private cars, she said 41,574 traffic offences were found and authorities had to seize driving licences of 2,324 drivers, and seized 1,098 cars.
A total of 20,902 offenders were charged, she said.
In total of six days from April 11-16, she said 220,507 cases of traffic offences relevant to motorcycles were found, along with 163,840 cases of public transport vehicles and private cars.
She said authorities needed to seize 13,964 vehicles whose drivers were found to drink drive.
They were broken down to 10,139 motorcycles, and 3,825 cars.
She said authorities also decided to charge 147,971 drivers of motorcycles, and 86,674 drivers of public transport vehicles and private cars for drunk driving.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)