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Jiraphat Phoomjit – deputy director of traffic at the metropolitan police – was commenting on TV after online reports that women drivers caught doing their faces could be sent to jail for a month.
There were rumors circulating online that a new regulation forbid both make-up and food for drivers.
But Jiraphat said it was not like the ban on mobile phones.
It was quite alright to eat or put on make-up – but drivers should wait until it was safe to do so.
Such activity could still fall into the category of negligence but was not specifically forbidden like the use of phones.
People should wait until a red light or being slowed up in a traffic jam before applying a lick of face paint or taking a bite to eat, he said.
He confirmed to PPTV that there was no truth to the rumors that women would be fined 2,000 baht or even sent to jail for a month.