A new point system for motorists enters into effect on January 9, but police said they will prioritize raising awareness for the general public to comprehend these restrictions before completely enforcing them.
According to Highway Police Division commander Maj-General Ekkarat Limsangkat, the new point system was implemented to increase traffic law compliance, minimize accidents, and improve road safety.
Each driver will begin with a total of 12 points. Points will be deducted for infractions of traffic regulations, with the most serious crimes resulting in the biggest deductions. A driver’s license will be suspended if all 12 points are lost, and their license will be terminated if they earn three suspensions within three years.
Offenses such as speeding, not wearing a helmet while riding a motorbike, or not wearing a seatbelt will result in a one-point deduction. Fleeing the scene of an accident will result in a three-point penalty, while drunk driving will result in a four-point deduction.
Gen Ekkara stated that the system will be applied to all drivers, but that depending on the scenario, these violators will have a chance to change. While some people believed the point reduction for drunk driving was “very small,” he highlighted that these offenders will also face legal consequences under the law, which include jail and fines.