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42 Bangkok motorists caught playing Pokemon Go

Aug 23. 2016
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By Jetsada Chantararak


BANGKOK traffic police arrested 42 motorists on the first day of the “Pokemon Traffic No Go” campaign yesterday.

Acting Metropolitan Police chief Lt-General Sanit Mahathavorn said 18 drivers were nabbed on Sukhumvit Road, nine on Rama IV and four on Yaowarat Road for using mobile phones while driving.

He said the arrested drivers face a fine of between Bt400 and Bt1,000 each for using their cellphone while driving, as it is a violation of Article 43(9) of the Land Traffic Act.

“Officers contact and coordinate with each other before arresting the motorists. Though the motorists were waiting at the traffic light and their cars were stationary, it is still illegal for them to pull out their phone and catch a Pokemon,” he said.

The anti-Pokemon Go campaign is being implemented on 10 major roads in Bangkok, including Rama IV, Sathorn, Vibhavadi Rangsit, Phaholyothin, Sukhumvit, Phaya Thai, Phetchaburi, Henri Dunant, and Rama I.

The volume of traffic is high on these roads and the campaign aims to prevent accidents that can be caused by drivers distracted by Pokemon Go players.


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