Thai police offer 3,000 baht rewards to tipsters of illegal road races
The Thai authorities have announced a reward of 3,000 baht per tip for information about illegal motorcycle racing on public roads.
According to the pl. National Police Chief General Damrongsak Kittiprapas encourages the public to report illegal races to the National Police by calling the hotline 1599 or 191, which is available 24 hours a day.
He also suggested uploading videos to the social media page of the Center for the Suppression of Illegal Racing on Public Roads to raise awareness about the issue.
Following the announcement, General Damrongsak met with the provincial police to develop prevention plans to deal with racing on public roads, which is expected to increase during the Songkran holiday festival taking place next month.
The pl. National Police chief said the Royal Thai Police has been tasked with tackling the problem and training 18,000 young people across the country to serve as local volunteers and help authorities end street racing in Thailand.
According to a recent report, as many as 1,621 motorcycle racers were arrested between January and February, with 936 cars and 18,936 motorcycles seized.
Eleven people have been arrested and ten vehicles seized so far this month. The detention of five people in Ayutthaya following a tip on social media, as well as the detention of an organizer of illegal racers near the city’s Na Ranong junction, are among the most notable cases.
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