Thailand Drunk Drivers Face Morgue Work as Punishment


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Drunk drivers and Repeat traffic offenders in Thailand could be sent to work in hospital morgues under a new plan by the authorities to try to put a stop to carnage on the country’s roads under a new plan, officials say.

Thailand Drunk Drivers Morgue Work Punishment

“It is aimed to be a deterrent, a way to discourage people,” police colonel Kriangdej Jantarawong said.

About 24,000 people die each year on Thailand roads, according to the World Health Organization. Only Libya has a greater number of fatalities per capita from road traffic accidents.

Thailand Drunk Drivers Morgue Work Punishment

The government already sends some drunk and reckless drivers to work in hospital wards, Nontajit Netpukkana of the department of probation said.

But authorities decided that “the intensity” of morgue work would help give offenders a more explicit idea of the consequences of their actions, he said.

Thailand Drunk Drivers Morgue Work Punishment

The cabinet approved the plan last week. Courts will be able to decide who deserves the punishment, the Bangkok Post reports.

“Traffic offenders who are found guilty by courts will be sent to do public service work at morgues in hospitals,” said Police colonel Kriangdej Jantarawong, deputy director of the special task planning division.

“It is a strategy used to make traffic offenders afraid of driving recklessly and driving while they are drunk because they could end up in the same condition. It is aimed to be a deterrent, a way to discourage people.”

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Anurak Amornpetchsathaporn, director of the emergency response for the Bureau of Public Health, said Monday that a stint of working in hospital morgues may bring home the problem to reckless drivers in a way that community service such as tidying up parks and libraries has failed to do.

“They should see the actual physical and mental damage,” he said. “In the morgue, they will have to be cleaning up and transporting bodies, so that hopefully they would feel the pain, so that they may understand and attain a good conscience, so that it could be safer on the roads.”

Thailand Drunk Drivers Morgue Work Punishment

Thailand’s annual three-day New Year festival, known as Songkran, sees revellers throughout the country take part in water fights.

During the annual Songkran holiday, thousands of Thais take to the road on motorbikes – often without helmets – to return to their home villages from the big cities to reunite with families. Alcohol usually plays a large role in the festivities.

Thailand Drunk Drivers Morgue Work Punishment

The government has assured tourists that despite severe drought the event will go ahead as usual.

The government earlier this year said the cars of drunk drivers could be impounded for the duration of the holiday.

Heavy drinking is common and the week of the festival is nicknamed the “Seven Deadly Days” because of a spike in road accidents.

Thailand Drunk Drivers Morgue Work Punishment

It is estimated that during the “Seven Days of Danger” more than two people die and 160 are injured every hour.

Amid fears the situation might be getting worse, the government, which earlier this year said drink-drivers could have their cars impounded for the duration of the holiday, last week approved the morgue shock treatment plan.

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