AYUTTHAYA: Fifty-two street racers were caught and 203 motorcycles seized during a crackdown on “dek waen” racing in this central province in the early hours of Saturday.
A combined team of Ayutthaya police, soldiers, police and local officials arrested 52 street racers, including 11 aged below 18 and 41 others aged over 18, during the crackdown operation at around 1am.
The officers also searched targeted shops repairing and modifying motorcycles and those selling stolen motorcycle parts.
A total of 203 modified motorcycles were seized from the racers and shops.
Pol Col Chokchai Ngarmwong, acting chief of Ayutthaya police, said street racers used social media as a communication channel to set dates for racing on public roads in the province such as Phaholyothin, Rojana and Liang Muang roads.
Their illegal activities caused danger to other road users, Pol Col Chokchai said, adding of the arrested racers, one was found to have nine speed pills in his possession.