20,000 bad drivers disciplined, 31% at morgues

20,000 bad drivers disciplined, 31% at morgues

The Probation Department took almost 22,000 traffic violators in hand last year, with about one in every three of them taken on visits to morgues.

With the traffic safety campaign underway for the Songkran festival this week, Narat Sawetanant, director-general of the Probation Department, revealed on Monday the agency disciplined 21,944 traffic offenders last year.

Of these, 6,750 were sent to visit morgues and accident wards, 4,325 were assigned to help inpatients at hospitals, and 3,422 served as traffic volunteers who, for example, painted road signs and helped improve landscapes.

In addition, 4,615 people were put through a course on traffic rules, 1,510 on religion, and 791 on the dangers of alcoholic beverages.

Blood donations were required from 277 offending drivers while 243 others were tasked with cleaning hospitals and some with cleaning at the Poh Teck Tung rescue foundation.

The Probation Department was participating in the government’s road safety campaign, and was proposing longer hours of community service and other social contributions for traffic violators, Mr Narat said.

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