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Thai Authorities Warn Drivers that They Will Have “No Vehicle Insurance” if Driving Impaired

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BANGKOK – Thailand’s Director of Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Road Safety Operation Center, Chumpot Wannachatsiri, indicated today that those in accidents who are proven to have more than 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milligram of their blood do not have the right to claim any compensation from insurance companies for either the one who caused the accident, or the victim of the accident.

The drunk driver will have the sole responsibility for both parties for any damages.

Meanwhile, the Public Health Ministry has prepared ambulances and medical personnel in 198 districts in rural provinces and in areas of the capital deemed accident prone areas.

The ministry, together with the Thai Health Promotion Foundation and the DDPM’s Road Safety Operation Center, explained, that during this long Songkran holiday period, the campaign is employing about 165,000 medical personnel. They are divided into 14,492 emergency response units with 1,500 surgeons available for the medical tasks.

Minister of Public Health Dr. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn has dispatched officials responsible for conducting Blood Alcohol Content, to risky areas. He said more emphasis will be placed on preventing the sale of alcoholic beverage on the street and during a specified period, the banning of alcohol consumption while driving or boarding a vehicle.

Last year road accidents killed a total of 440 individuals and put more than 4,141 in hospital.

By Nuppol Suvansombut

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