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Thai traffic offenders will starting receiving harsher penalties on Monday

Additionally, shops who illegitimately modify automobiles risk receiving two-thirds of the fine. The law threatens to fine drivers between 5,000 and 10,000 baht and/or sentence them to up to three months in jail if they engage in racing, illegally modify their cars, or otherwise act suspiciously. Pick-up trucks can only carry a certain number of passengers in the rear bed and require the driver and front-seat passengers to use seat belts. The Royal Thai Police and other relevant organizations are still debating how many people should be permitted to ride in pickup trucks’ backseats. Beginning on December 4, strict rules governing the number of people in the back of trucks and the use of car seats for children under the age of six will be put into effect.

The new penalties under the amendment are as follows:

• Up to 4,000 Baht in fines for breaking the speed limit, running red lights, or failing to stop at zebra crossings.

• A punishment of up to 2,000 Baht may be imposed for driving against the flow of traffic, failing to wear a helmet, or failing to buckle up.

• If you drive carelessly, you could receive a fine of up to 20,000 baht or a sentence of up to a year in jail.

• For the first offense of drunk driving, a fine of between $5,000 and $20,000 or up to a year in jail.

• For repeated drunk driving offenses, a fine of 50,000–100,000 baht or up to 2 years in prison may be imposed.

Race organizers and sponsors could spend up to six months in jail or pay a fine between 10,000 and 20,000 baht.

The 13th modification to the Land Traffic Act, which sets harsher regulations and more severe penalties to guarantee road safety, will take effect on Monday.

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