The ever increasing number of alcohol checkpoints not just around Pattaya is surely a pain in the rear for those who remember the “good old days” where you could virtually get thrashed to the point of not being able to walk straight any longer but still drive your motorbike or car around Pattaya without any fear of being stopped and breathalyzed by the police.
But the times have changed and law is law, on some occasions also in Thailand, and the maximum drink driving limit is 0.5 g of alcohol in your body, same as in many Western countries too.
In fact, since the military takeover three years ago that law is being ever more strictly enforced and there are DUI checkpoints almost every day at random locations around Pattaya, most frequently on the so-called Dark Side and at main intersections in the city centre.
Even secret LINE groups exist nowadays where members post real-time checkpoint information.
A 24-year-old deaf-mute Thai girl fell to her death from an 8th-floor condominium in the Pratamnak area of South Pattaya on Wednesday. At the time of the young woman’s tragic fall in broad daylight she was reportedly arguing with her Farang boyfriend who alleged she had “slipped on some water” and fallen to her death by accident.
Miraculously she survived the fall but succumbed to her injuries in hospital hours later.
As investigations into whether the young woman’s death was an accident, suicide or murder continue, police have detained the victim’s Swedish boyfriend who they suspect may have pushed his girlfriend over the railing, either by chance or deliberately.
According to latest reports, he has been charged with “fatal recklessness” as there is “no solid evidence he pushed her.”
There’s no shortage of Russian quality tourists (sic) visiting Pattaya it seems. A 44-year-old Russian holidaymaker named as Mr Grigoli Korolkov was now caught by a shop owner in South Pattaya after the foreigner had stolen a watch from his store, as he claimed, just to “have a look at it.”