Breath alcohol tests for drunk drivers to be reduced at police checkpoints nationwide due to public concerns over Covid-19 Coronavirus

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National police chief Suwat Jangyodsuk announced today, December 25th, that breath alcohol tests will be less performed at police checkpoints nationwide during the upcoming holiday season to prevent the possible spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus.

However, Suwat added, suspected drunk drivers would be asked to stop by the police authorities and might be taken to a nearby police station for different alcohol tests if found having obvious behaviors of intoxication.

The chief told the press: “Though all types of equipment are hygienic and safe, some drivers might not be comfortable to blow a breathalyzer due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we believed that the reduction of breath testing would not significantly affect the police’s duty to prevent road accidents during the New Year’s.”

Additionally, in the middle of 2021, a point cutting measure will be applied to drivers who break the traffic laws instead of a warning at the scene.

More than 9,000 surveillance cameras will be installed in 5,000 risk areas of Bangkok. Currently, about 2,000 surveillance cameras were already deployed in order to potentially support police investigations to track down criminals and other crimes.


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.