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Over 300 arrested and fined for texting and talking while driving

Metropolitan police said they arrested more than 300 drivers for using their mobile phones to text and talk while driving in the streets of Bangkok during the three-day campaign against traffic violators.

mobile phone usersMetropolitan police deputy commissioner Pol Maj-Gen Adul Narongsak who is in charge of traffic said since the metropolitan began to get tough with drivers who text and talk using mobile phones while driving since August 5 until today, more than 300 drivers were arrested and fined for violating five traffic offences.

Most of the offenders are those who use mobile phones to chat while waiting for green lights at intersections and moving out.

He said that the police have taken pictures of these offenders to prove they violated traffic law.

Fine for the five offences range from 400-1,000 baht.

He also said that the metropolitan will soon install high density cameras at 90 significant intersections to film drivers using mobile phones while driving in car with dark tint film windows. The taken pictures will be used as evidence to show they violate traffic law, he said.

The cameras will be first installed in areas of Klong Tan, Sam Sen and Bang Na and offenders will receive traffic tickets along with the evidence in one day.

Thai PBS

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