The number of people breaking the night curfew between 11 pm and 4 am has plummeted with only 234 people arrested nationwide for curfew violations on the night of Sunday, May 24th to Monday, May 25th.
This represents a huge decrease from only two weeks ago when curfew violations were averaging more than 700 people every night shortly after some restrictions were eased including the sale of alcohol.
The statistics released by the Royal Thai Police show that more people are beginning to accept the night curfew and may also correlate with the shorter curfew period, allowing people more time to get home before the 11 pm deadline.
On Sunday night, 17,123 vehicles were stopped at checkpoints during curfew hours and 22,534 individuals were questioned about being out during the nationwide curfew.
The majority of people had valid reasons for being out including night-shift workers and medical personnel. Of the 234 arrests, 229 of them were outside without a valid reason.
Some said they were just driving around while others said they were returning from a friend’s house. The remaining five people were arrested for participating in activities that could spread the virus including gambling and drug use.
The provinces with the highest number of arrests were Pathum Thani with 24, Chonburi with 17, Phattalung with 16, Phuket with 14, Lopburi with 13, and Bangkok with 12.
There were 27 provinces without a single curfew violation on the night in question. They were:
- Chai Nat
- Nakhon Nayok
- Udon Thani
- Nakhon Phanom
- Khon Kaen
- Maha Sarakham
- Nong Bua Lamphu
- Sakon Nakhon
- Mae Hong Son
Due to prison overcrowding, the General-Director of the Department of Probation recently announced that curfew violators will be sent to temples to help with soup kitchens as a punishment if the violation is minor or a first offense.
Source: Thai Residents