THAILAND: Welcome end to mobile traffic checkpoints

Random checkpoint, flying checkpoint, mobile checkpoint, temporary roadblock, call it what you will, they all serve just one purpose — to squeeze money from road users, and motorcyclists in particular.

In Bangkok, most traffic police checkpoints have no structure marking their purpose, no barrier, not even a sign. It’s just a few traffic policemen holding a book of tickets in one hand, standing or jumping out into the middle of the road and fingerpointing randomly at passing vehicles to pull over.

These two-legged dodgems-in-brown show total disregard for their own safety, or for the safety of their prey.

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