PHUKET: Officers arrested more than 20 bus drivers for amphetamine use as the drivers made their way through the Tah Chat Chai checkpoint over the last three days.
“Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayatongda ordered a joint task force of police, local government officials and provincial officers to tackle drug use by public transportation drivers and other professionals working with tourists,” explained Thalang Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) Siripong Leeprasit. “During the three days, 43 people tested positive for drugs. Of those, 24 were bus drivers.”
Additionally, six tour guides were arrested, along with two minivan drivers and the driver of a private vehicle.
“Officers suspended the driving licence of each of the motorists for 30 days, and fined each of them 10,000 baht. Additionally, they were all taken to the Thalang District Office, where they will begin a rehab program on Monday,” said Mr Siripong.
— Kongleaphy Keam
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