THAILAND: AUTHORITIES CONSIDER HARSHER PENALTIES FOR BLOCKING AMBULANCES

BANGKOK, Thailand April 27 (NNN-BERNAMA) -- The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will forward a proposal, calling for the Royal Thai Police to consider harsher penalties to motorists who purposely fail to give way to ambulances and emergency vehicles with critically injured patients on board, the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT) reported.

The call for more severe punishment came about after a motorist recently refused to make way for an ambulance that was taking a critically ill patient to a hospital. As a result, the ambulance arrived late and the patient was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The NLA vice president, Surachai Liengboonlertchai, said the NLA will forward the issue to the Royal Thai Police, so they can consider amending the traffic law.

Surachai said he viewed that motorists should face a criminal offence and not just a fine of 500 baht (about US$15) currently, if they deliberately obstructed emergency vehicles, causing deaths and injuries.--NNN-BERNAMA

Source: NAM News Network