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Teens causes chaos in Hat Yai

In the latest development of the teenage racing incident in the city today (December 3, 2023), following complaints from residents about hundreds of youths gathering nightly for motorcycle races on the Lop Buri-Rama IX-Sa Nam Bin (Tha Thon Road) in Kuan Lang Subdistrict, Hat Yai District, Songkhla Province, causing disturbance and repeated issues every night.

After receiving the complaints, Pol. Lt. Gen. Phumis Baltiphon, Superintendent of Hat Yai Police Station, ordered the police officers, traffic police, and investigators to cordon off and apprehend the group of teenagers causing the racing incident on the road. Preliminarily, they detained a total of 42 youths, both male and female, aged not exceeding 20 years, riding 26 motorcycles. The youths were then brought to Hat Yai Police Station for documentation of their apprehension.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Phumis revealed that after receiving the complaints, all relevant departments collaborated on a plan. Since most of the offenders were youths, a lenient approach was adopted, and a checkpoint strategy was implemented, avoiding chasing or confrontation. Instead, investigators took photos of the license plates and planned to track the offenders back to their homes. On this day (December 3, 2023), they were able to seize several motorcycles, totaling over twenty, under the jurisdiction of the Youth Protection Act.

Regarding the apprehended youths who had gathered for motorcycle racing, they were released to the custody of their parents. However, if such incidents occur again, enforcement of the Child and Youth Protection Act may be applied. The authorities urge parents to take control and responsibility, emphasizing that leniency is provided this time with the hope that parents will properly supervise their children and prevent future occurrences.

As for the atmosphere in front of the Police Station, parents and relatives of the apprehended youths arrived to coordinate and arrange for the return of the youths home. The Hat Yai Police Station explained the various procedures involved in taking custody of the youths.

Photo credit to Channel 7 .

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