Saturday 3 December 2016

Thai drunk-drivers to be sent to work in morgues

Philip Sherwell in Bangkok

Published 13/04/2016 | 02:30

Thailand has a notoriously poor road safety record
Thailand has a notoriously poor road safety record

Drunk-drivers in Thailand will be sentenced to community service in morgues in an attempt to combat the world's second-highest road death rate.

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The plan to confront offenders with the risks of their actions in starkly morbid fashion was unveiled as the country embarked on its most dangerous time on the roads - the Thai new year holidays.

In a country with a notoriously poor road safety record, the ruling junta hopes the initiative will drive home the message that drink driving and reckless driving is lethal.

"Traffic offenders who are found guilty by courts will be sent to do public service work at morgues in hospitals," said Police Col Kriangdej Jantarawong, deputy director of the Special Task Planning Division.

"It is a strategy used to make traffic offenders afraid of driving recklessly and driving while they are drunk because they could end up in the same condition.

"It is aimed to be a deterrent, a way to discourage people." (© Daily Telegraph London)

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