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14 October 2010 :: 10:10:16 am 43907

Smiling Dummies Set to Aide Traffic Control in Bangkok

In a bid to reduce traffic violations and the inherent accidents and congestion that frequently occurs as a result of them, Bangkok Metropolitan Police plan to strategically position smiling dummy cops around the cities busy streets.
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Bangkok, the 14th of October 2010: The new dummies, called ‘Ja Yim’, or Police Sergeant Smile, are to being incorporated into the new ‘Smiling Traffic Police’ campaign launched yesterday to mark National Police Day.

Similar to their hardened plastic counterparts, Bangkok Traffic Police, under the new campaign, have been ordered to smile as they greet, interact and issue warnings and fines to motorists of the city.

Previously, dummies of a similar nature were used by Bangkok police, labelled Ja Choey, or Police Sergeant Silent, at certain intersections around the city, however they were removed by the Bangkok Police Chief in 2009 for being ineffective.

Newly appointed Bangkok Police Chief, Lieutenant-General Chaktip Chaichinda has ordered a recall of the somewhat iconic law enforcement officers, boosting their ranks with smiling counterparts.

Meanwhile, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday gave a speech to mark National Police Day addressing the Royal Thai Police forces need to regain the trust and respect of the nation after a series of well-publicised instances of corruption and mismanagement.

Abhisit urged that the public would be more accepting of their role in the community and respect their work if they discharge their duties with honesty and integrity, avoiding instances of bribery and corruption.

Bangkok police are notorious for enforcing traffic laws and regulations to solicit bribes from motorists to supplement their meagre incomes.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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