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Pattaya Daily News

13 February 2013 :: 13:02:01 pm 71834

Misleading News Reporting Annoys Police Official

An irate police Deputy Commisioner criticized a misleading news report that he had ordered all police departments to meet a daily quota of 100 traffic tickets. His order to step up traffic enforcement used the 100-ticket number to reflect his expectations in high-traffic areas, and was not a quota, he clarified.
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THAILAND – February 12,2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; at the Metropolitan Police Bureau, Pol. Maj. Gen. Worasak Nopsitthiporn, Deputy Commissioner, who is responsible for traffic matters, denied a media report that he had issued an order for a 100-ticket per day minimum quota. The Deputy Commissioner had earlier issued an order to four police stations to have their officers cite people for 5 specific types of traffic violations during February 2-5, 2013.

However, later one of the local newspapers misunderstood the directive and reported that the Deputy Commisioner’s order had included a 100-ticket per day minimum for each police station. The newspaper also editorialized and criticized police for the ticket quota, even though there was no such quota, the deputy commander later said.

The deputy commissioner clarified that he had commanded units to step up enforcement of 5 types of major violations (out of 17 major rules), which were creating the majority of traffic jams.

During the period of February 2-5, police were specifically targeting the following violations: driving in the wrong direction; driving on the sidewalk; double-parking next to parked vehicles; overtaking vehicles in high-risk areas; and violating traffic light signals.

The directive was issued to the respective superintendants at the Bangkhunnon police station, Bangkok Yai police station, Bangsaothong police station and Bowornmongkol police station. Each station would sent the results of the ticket citations to Deputy Commander Pol. Col. Krittapas Phenkitti, who would compile them into a report to be forwarded to the office of the Deputy Commissioner.

In the four day period, the Deputy Commander said that he would expect that the busier stations would have issued at least 100 tickets, more or less, if officers had been diligent in their duties.

However, during the time period, several police stations reported issuing an average of only 7 tickets, due to the low volume of traffic in their areas. Pol. Maj. Gen. Worasak said that those cases, he understands the situation, and just called the respective departments to ask about the causes of the low number of traffic tickets.

He did not place blame or punish any department for issuing between 10-20 tickets daily. He also did not subject them to random inspections to see if officers were doing their jobs with maximum effort.

The Deputy Commander scolded the newspaper that had published erroneous information and criticized the police. The newspaper showed its anti-police bias in trying to portray the police in a negative light to the public. The mass media should make any of their criticism based on facts, he said. If news reporters don’t understand something, they should make a phone call to the police to clarify the information before presenting the news.

The Deputy Commander is fully aware that a 100-ticket minimum daily quota is impossible for police stations covering a limited area with fewer traffic violations. He will not automatically accuse officers in those smaller departments of misbehaving or slacking in their duties.

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