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Chon Buri police hire a steam roller to destroy over 700 illegal motorbike exhausts

Jack Burton



PHOTOS: The Pattaya News

Since the national curfew was lifted last month, illegal motorbike racing has returned to Thailand’s streets with increased popularity. From June 20-30, police arrested more than 5,600 racers and seized more than 17,700 motorcycles nationwide.

Chon Buri Police yesterday used a steam roller to very publicly crush more than 700 illegal exhaust pipes seized from road racers, known locally as “dek waen” or “vanz boys,” in the Pattaya area. The media were invited along to capture the public shaming.

Police told that Pattaya News that over 11 days, Chon Buri police arrested 11 reckless drivers and held 1,307 inspections at motorcycle shops and repair shops, 8 of which face further legal charges relating to the illegal modifications. 761 illegal exhaust pipes were seized, 11 cars and 2,157 motorbikes were seized, and 3,075 road users were arrested. A spokesman said this is part of national Thai Government measures to crack down on road racing and the noisy modifications made to standard motorcycles, most of them less than 150cc in power.

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has publicly warned that curfew or not, those violating the recently extended Emergency Decree will face stern penalties, and even threatened a renewed curfew if such illegal activities aren’t brought under control.

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SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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    sam thompson

    Friday, July 3, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Nevermind the exhausts, they should be doing that to the motorbikes so that the selfish, arrogant racing idiots stop their dangerous behaviour

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      Friday, July 3, 2020 at 7:17 pm

      not only racing idiots are still on the roads of Pattaya, many idiots are still using modified exaust in their bikes all the day in Pattaya, not difficult to stop them and seize the bikes but maybe nobody care about noise and pollution in Pattaya

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      Friday, July 3, 2020 at 8:36 pm

      It’s like a disease, maybe their only way to vent anger and frustration about their powerlessness,inability to change political conditions and low pay.

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    Friday, July 3, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    Great job

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    Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    How stupid – treat the Thai population like chastised school children. Why not recycle them and save money on the steam roller and highly publicised event.

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    Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Congrats to the police for their steamrolling action!! One positive thing from Covid19 definitely was having a prolonged time of quiet and peaceful nights, especially during curfew. Now, the nightly racing is back with a vengeance! They pick our “Dark Side” backroads since there are no police checks to be found anywhere. Plenty of shacks around the area where they “modify” the bikes, too!

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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