Pattaya police set up checkpoints for drunk driving to prevent road accidents during Loy Krathong festival

Pattaya –

The Pattaya City Traffic Police set up a checkpoint for drunk driving last night in North Pattaya to prevent road accidents during the Loy Krathong festival and warned drivers that many more checkpoints were coming over the holiday weekend.

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A team from the Pattaya Traffic Police led by Captain Amornthep Maima set up a checkpoint on Pattaya Second Road in North Pattaya at 1:00 A.M. early this morning (November 19th).

Captain Amornthep told the Pattaya News, “There were many road accidents after the curfew had been canceled (A previous months-long Covid-19 overnight curfew) and after many Covid-19 restrictions were relieved in Pattaya and Chonburi. Pattaya also has many events and festivals every weekend and many tourists like to drink alcohol during the festivals, even though officially it is discouraged and the bar and nightlife sector remain legally closed, even in Pattaya.”

“We have to protect our community ensuring road safety while traveling. Most road accidents in Pattaya recently have been caused by drunk driving. We are warning drivers not to drive when drunk to decrease road accidents and deaths.” Captain Amornthep continued.

“Three drivers were found at our checkpoint this morning over the legal limit to drink alcohol. They were taken to the Pattaya Police Station for further legal action.” Captain Amornthep concluded.

Captain Amornthep also warned drivers that more checkpoints would be in place over the weekend even as Pattaya police warned that they were “cracking down” on any restaurants selling alcohol or bars/entertainment venues attempting to illegally open over the holidays.

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Goong is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for closing in on two years. Specializes primarily in local news for Pattaya and Phuket, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket except when commuting between the two.