Over 30 Middle Eastern allleged motorbike racers arrested in Pattaya last night

Pattaya —

Over 30 middle eastern alleged motorbike racers were arrested in Pattaya last night following multiple complaints about them illegally racing motorbikes on main roads and causing disturbances at night.

Pol. Col. Kunlachart Kunlachai, Police Chief of the Pattaya Police Station, on Monday, August 22nd, deployed over 30 police officers at around 9 p.m. to crack down on the alleged motorbike racers who came out late at night and illegally raced motorbikes on Pattaya streets, disturbing peace and prompting various complaints from residents and tourists alike.

According to Pol. Col. Kunlachart, this operation was in response to the viral incident last night where a group of motorcyclists appeared to be racing motorbikes and blocking a portion of Sukhumvit Road. He said that Pattaya Police warned and took legal action against foreign tourists who drove recklessly on a regular basis, but some still repeated the deed, as they did not fully understand Thailand’s traffic rules.

As for last night’s operation, Kunlachart revealed that over 30 motorcyclists were arrested around Soi Yensabai. Some reportedly abandoned their bikes and fled on foot as soon as they saw the police officers.

The suspects along with the motorbike rental shops would be charged under various traffic acts, Kunlachart stated. TPN notes that late-night racing is not limited to a single nationality, but is a widespread problem throughout Thailand.

According to Pattaya Police, nearly all the suspects arrested had no license, insurance, registration, tax, helmet, or other requirements to legally drive in Thailand. Pattaya Police noted they are also working on identifying the rental shops renting to these foreign tourists to hold them responsible for renting vehicles without verifying the driver is legal and understands road laws in Thailand.


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Aim Tanakorn
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