If you’ve been living in Thailand for a while, you’ve probably heard the expression, ‘This Is Thailand Sucker!’ or TITS for short. This saying is often used when something bizarre or counterintuitive is observed by ex-pats. It can be used in an endearing way when something quirky and unique to Thai culture happens, or it can be used in a frustrating way when something doesn’t run as smoothly as it should.
In the instance of the proposed new method of drug testing for street racers, it is definitely being used to express befuddlement. Illegal Motorcycle races have become quite common in Thailand, especially in the capital city of Bangkok. Such dangerous activities can be observed on any night of the week, in any town or city. Racers line up on a main road and then zoom off without much care for their own safety or the safety of pedestrians and passengers in other vehicles.
This dangerous trend that has come hurtling into the streets of Thailand has caused a strange new proposal to be submitted to the Ministry of Justice. This proposal states that street racers who are caught racing on the streets should have their hair cut and tested for drug use in order to determine whether there is a link between drug use and the desire for reckless racing.
Drug tests and blood alcohol level detectors usually come in the form of breathalyzers and other oral contraptions. This new method seems so weird that it almost sounds like something a person who was high on drugs might come up with. If the proposal is accepted, street racers will be given the test before being placed into juvenile detention centers, where they’ll be able to show off their unfashionable new haircuts.