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Pokemon busters target motorists

Aug 21. 2016
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By The Nation

POLICE have positioned so-called Pokemon Go busters along some 10 Bangkok roads to ensure motorists are not playing the hugely popular game.

Launched on August 6 in Thailand, Pokemon Go has quickly attracted a huge number of fans.

Players use their cellphone to catch virtual monsters, which pop up here and there every now and then.

Between August 10 and 20, 243 motorists were caught using their cellphone in the capital, with many of them apparently playing Pokemon.

“We have prepared 50 Pokemon Go busters for the mission to prevent accidents,” Metropolitan Police commissioner Lt-General Sanit Mahathavorn said yesterday.

The Metropolitan Police Bureau is implementing the “Pokemon Traffic No Go” project.

Meanwhile, Labour Ministry deputy permanent secretary Suradej Waleeittikul yesterday made it clear that the ministry’s officials must not play Pokemon at work.

“It’s for safety and order,” he said, “Why would they spend work time playing a game? It would only damage the Labour Ministry’s image.”

Suradej said guests at the Labour Ministry were also asked not to play the game there.


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