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Over 1,400 arrested, fined for illegal motorbike races in Udon Thani

Jack Burton



PHOTOS: Nation Thailand

In a move reminiscent of last week’s public shaming in Chon Buri, police in the northern province of Udon Thani have hired a local steamroller to destroy hundreds of illegally modified motorcycle mufflers. More than 1,400 alleged street racers were arrested and almost 370 motorcycles seized in a week long crackdown on illegal racing in the province. Udon Thani’s police chief announced the results of the crackdown yesterday:

“23 police stations in Udon Thani joined forces to arrest street racers and related offenders from June 22-30, in order to ensure peace and safety in the neighbourhood. We have issued warnings to parents of nine underage offenders, fined 284 motorcycle shops for providing modification services to racers, seized 368 motorcycles used in the racing as well as 535 exhaust pipes that were illegally modified to create loud noises. A total of 1,439 suspects were arrested and fined for breaking the Land Traffic Act.”

“As for underaged offenders, the police have summoned their parents to sign an acknowledgement and provided them a mandatory course on street safety to prevent future offences.”

Police then crushed the seized exhaust pipes with a steamroller in public to prevent the recycling of parts for further illegal modification. The media were invited along to capture the public humiliation.

“Parents should keep a close eye on their children, especially regarding where they go at night and what they do to with their motorcycles. Street racing is not only illegal, it’s also extremely dangerous and causes disturbances in the neighbourhood.”

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, known locally as “dek waen” or “vanz boys,” and seized more than 17,700 motorcycles nationwide.

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SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Friday, July 10, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Next go after all those modified tuk tuks. Another nuisance.

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, July 10, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    Well the cops have to make fines from somewhere now the bars are closed.
    Otherwise they will ignore them as the did before.

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    David Brown

    Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 8:29 am

    As much as I agree with this, there is no outlet for them. As well as clamping down on illegal street racing, why not provide a safe avenue for them to race? Develop race tracks and drag strips under controlled environment, promote safety while riding, possibly introduce sponsorship and audiences to bring economic growth. There is an opportunity here and unfortunately, as good as Thailand can be at capitalising on certain opportunities, they miss the beat on many such as this. Teach them to race, teach them to be mechanics, teach them business and marketing. The opportunity is not just racing. Same goes for skate and bmx parks, motocross tracks, etc…

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    Henry Ford

    Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 9:30 am

    They should have crushed the bikes as well. Problem sorted.

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    Colin Gibbs

    Monday, July 13, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    They need to do the same here in Sisaket province, the problem is rife here and the police do nothing.

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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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