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Monks join Khon Kaen campaign against bad drivers
« on: March 20, 2017, 07:00:04 PM »
Monks join Khon Kaen campaign against bad drivers

A traffic violator shows a picture of the late Luang Phor Khoon received from a monk of Wat Done Ku. (Photo by Jakkrapan Nathanri)

Police have brought in monks to tackle traffic violators in a new campaign planned for every Buddhist holy day.

"Today is a Buddhist holy day," declared a sign written on a white board held by a policeman from Ban Ped station as he and his colleagues set up a roadside check on Highway 12 in Muang district on Monday.

The message was there to remind drivers using the road to do good deeds, station chief Pol Co Chumpol Hunchana said, adding it was also sending another meaning.

The police station debuted the campaign on Monday, inviting monks to join their camapaign against bad drivers. It is to be held every Buddhist holy day, he added.

A Buddhist holy day occurs four times a month, in accordance with the movement of the moon. It is regarded as a day of blessing by many Buddhists.

Pol Col Chumpol said traffic violators should be given a second chance, to redeem themselves, on this special day.

Violators were not ticketed on Monday and instead given a warning letter about the offence as a form of probation. After getting the warning, they were taken to meet monks led by Phra Khru Winai, who sat on the roadside nearby. They were given a blessing, holy water and an image of late revered monk Luang Phor Khoon, and then they were allowed to go.

"I reminded them to stay focused on driving and pay more attention to traffic laws," said Phra Khru Winai, a well-known monk of Wat Done Ku in the district.

Pol Col Chumphon hoped the initiative would reduce the  number of traffic violations in the area. The police station usually hands out more than 100 tickets every day.

Buddhist teaching could play a part in making bad drivers behave better, he added.

Motorcyclist Chainarong Khamkaew was ordered to pull over and report to officers on duty there. He received a warning letter for not wearing  crash helmet.

"This was the first time in my life that I have seen this kind of checkpoint," he said.

It was a good chance to meet a monk to start the day, he added but did not mention whether he would wear a helmet next time he hits the road.
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