Drink Driving and Breakdowns

Understand the penalties for drinking and driving and what to do if your vehicle breaks down...

Drink Driving

The legal blood alcohol limit in Thailand is 0.5 grams of alcohol per litre of blood. However, for drivers that have held their licence for less than five years, the limit is 0.2 grams per litre of blood. Drivers caught over the legal limit are heavily fined and may be imprisoned or required to do community service. The government is trying to reduce drink driving, and breath testing stops are becoming more common.

On average, 118.8 people are killed for every 100,000 vehicles on Thailand's roads. National holidays see a sharp rise in drink driving, with 253 fatalities and and 2,751 injuries during the Songkran festival in 2012. Drivers should take extra care at these times.

Breakdown Assistance

Breakdown help is provided by Royal Automobile Association of Thailand (RAAT) and some insurance companies.