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Bangkok’s Bold Crackdown on Drunk Driving: Don’t Drive Drunk Foundation Leads Legislative Push

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A lively scene at Ngam Wong Wan Soi 51 in Bangkok in November 2023. Amid the city’s hustle and bustle, one can’t miss the sight of a dedicated police officer diligently conducting a breath test on a driver at a checkpoint. (Photo: Nutthawat Wichieanbut)

Beneath the glimmers of Bangkok’s city lights, a crucial movement is gaining momentum—an all-encompassing initiative to crack down harder on drunk drivers who endanger lives and cause road accidents. The torchbearer of this mission, the Don’t Drive Drunk Foundation (DDD), has recently taken a significant step by filing a petition to a House committee. This committee is deeply engrossed in amending the Alcohol Control Act, a move that could drastically amplify penalties for those guilty of driving under the influence.

Committee Chairman Wisarn Techatheerawat eloquently detailed the foundation’s demands on a lively Tuesday afternoon. The foundation’s petition crystallizes a zero-tolerance stance towards irresponsible alcohol-related practices. It calls for stringent civil and criminal charges against shops that sell alcohol to minors involved in drunk-driving incidents, especially ones leading to fatalities. Penalties include revoking the operating licenses of such establishments.

But the foundation did not stop there. They propose that operators of these irresponsible establishments should be held accountable to compensate victims of drunk driving. In a bid to champion the cause, Mr. Wisarn remarked,
“It’s high time business operators shoulder their share of responsibility.”

This stirring rally for justice insists on collaboration between the committee and business operators to establish a relief fund, specifically designed to support victims impacted by excessive alcohol consumption and the ensuing rash actions of drunk drivers.

With a promise of action, Mr. Wisarn emphasized that the committee is committed to presenting this heartening petition to the House at its upcoming session, slated to open in July. The committee members also sought invaluable insights from Pol Gen Achirawit Suwanpesat, a seasoned former deputy police chief, ensuring the proposed law will be not just stringent but also resistant to the creeping malice of bribery.

Amid a tapestry of discussions and consultations, the 42-member committee has vowed to deliver the most balanced and equitable solutions that promise tangible improvements to public safety. These endeavours will continue through dialogues involving Public Health Minister Somsak Thepsutin, aiming to muster comprehensive support from the private sector.

To wrap it all up, Mr. Wisarn noted that the proposed amendments carry a unique promise of bipartisan support, transcending political divides in a heartening display of unity. The amended law, once enacted, promises to be a beacon of hope, metamorphosing society towards a safer, more responsible ethos.


  1. Grace P June 4, 2024

    Finally, someone is taking real action against drunk driving in Bangkok!

    • JohnD85 June 4, 2024

      Absolutely! It’s about time we see some strict measures.

      • Sarah June 4, 2024

        Stricter laws are good, but they need to ensure proper enforcement too.

      • Grace P June 4, 2024

        True, we’d need dedicated officers and no corruption for this to work.

  2. Tony Nguyen June 4, 2024

    Holding shops accountable is overkill. They can’t control what customers do after they leave!

    • Carla_77 June 4, 2024

      Disagree. If they sell to minors knowingly, they should face the consequences.

      • Tony Nguyen June 4, 2024

        Selling to minors is one thing, but making them responsible for adult customers too? That’s a stretch.

      • Mia W. June 4, 2024

        Businesses profiting from alcohol sales should share some responsibility.

  3. jazzfan45 June 4, 2024

    These laws will just make people go to illegal sellers. More harm than good.

    • Rita Lee June 4, 2024

      Or it’ll make them think twice about driving drunk, which is the point!

    • Greg D June 4, 2024

      It could backfire, but better regulation might prevent illegal sales from flourishing.

  4. Ali June 4, 2024

    It’s not just about bars. What about education on responsible drinking?

    • James R. June 4, 2024

      Exactly! Prevention should start with education.

      • Erica Chen June 4, 2024

        Schools should include this in their curriculum.

      • Ali June 4, 2024

        Education and stricter laws together would be most effective.

  5. Pat63 June 4, 2024

    I’m skeptical. Politicians making promises doesn’t mean real change will happen.

  6. Benny June 4, 2024

    Creating a relief fund is a wonderful idea!

    • Lina K June 4, 2024

      It is, as long as it doesn’t end up being mismanaged like so many other funds.

      • Benny June 4, 2024

        True, transparency will be key to its success.

      • DannyP June 4, 2024

        Accountability is essential. Hope they set up a proper oversight committee.

  7. Alex June 4, 2024

    Bribery is a real issue. I doubt these laws will change that.

    • Elena W. June 4, 2024

      But at least they’re trying to institute change. It’s a start.

    • Alex June 4, 2024

      I’m just being realistic. Corruption is deep-rooted in the system.

  8. Olivia Martinez June 4, 2024

    Zero tolerance is the only way to deter people from drunk driving.

  9. Jake June 4, 2024

    I feel bad for bar owners. This will kill their business.

  10. Karen L. June 4, 2024

    Bars should operate responsibly. Maybe this will weed out the bad ones.

  11. eco_warrior June 4, 2024

    Why isn’t there more focus on public transport? Make it easier for people to go out without needing to drive.

    • Samantha J June 4, 2024

      Great point! Improved public transport could really help.

    • Ryan Smith June 4, 2024

      Public transport isn’t reliable here. I’d love to see that change.

  12. Luke G. June 4, 2024

    If other countries can implement strict drunk driving laws, why can’t we?

    • Nina June 4, 2024

      Cultural differences. Enforcement and public attitudes vary.

    • Luke G. June 4, 2024

      Fair, but public safety should be universal.

  13. Ronnie84 June 4, 2024

    Filing a petition is all well and good, but action speaks louder than words.

  14. MelP June 4, 2024

    I hope this brings real change and not just another set of useless laws.

  15. Kimberly June 4, 2024

    Business operators should indeed shoulder their share of responsibility.

  16. Maddie June 4, 2024

    Will these new measures actually lead to fewer drunk-driving incidents?

    • Sam K June 4, 2024

      Only time will tell, but doing something is better than nothing.

      • Maddie June 4, 2024

        Yeah, I guess as long as they stay committed, there will be improvements.

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