New traffic law punishing drunk drivers now in force

Beginning today drivers under the age of 20 having blood alcohol content in excess of 20 milligrammes will be considered driving under the influence of alcohol and will be charged with drunk driving.

Besides, drivers with blood alcohol content in excess of 50 milligrammes will not get compensation payment in case of traffic accident.

This is the clause in the amended traffic law which comes in to force today.

The clause was proposed by the traffic police to the military junta to increase penalty for drunk driving after fatal traffic accidents were blamed on driving under the influence of alcohol or drunk driving.

The amended traffic law with higher penalties for drunk driving was published in the Royal Gazette and released to the public today.

Under the amended law, not only drivers under 20 of age with blood alcohol content in excess of 20 milligrammes will be considered driving under the influence alcohol, drivers with no driving license, or with provisional driving license will also face same drunk driving charge if they have blood alcohol content in excess of 20 milligrammes.

For other drivers having blood alcohol content over the 50 milligrammes limit, they will be charged with drunk driving.

In the case of traffic accidents involving drunk driving, drivers with blood alcohol content over 50 milligrammes will be denied compensation payment for damages caused.

Under this clause, insurance companies are told to adjust and adapt their car insurance policies to meet the new traffic law conditions.

The new law will apply with new insurance policies bought after June 1 this year.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)