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12 drivers nabbed in Pokemon crackdown

Published August 26, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Traffic police in Bangkok’s Phaya Thai district carry placards warning drivers of their “Pokemon Traffic No Go” safety campaign. Motorists were cautioned against using their phone and playing the popular game while driving, to prevent accidents. Phaya Th

Traffic police in Bangkok’s Phaya Thai district carry placards warning drivers of their “Pokemon Traffic No Go” safety campaign. Motorists were cautioned against using their phone and playing the popular game while driving, to prevent accidents. Phaya Th

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TRAFFIC POLICE arrested 12 motorists on Bangkok’s roads yesterday as part of their “Pokemon Traffic No Go” campaign.

Metropolitan Police commissioner Lt-General Sanit Mahathavorn said two drivers were nabbed on Rama IV, eight on Sukhumvit Road, and two on Ramkhamhaeng Road for using their cell phone while driving – a violation of Article 43(9) of the Land Traffic Act. The campaign was launched to prevent and reduce traffic accidents that have been growing since Pokemon Go was released in Thailand on August 6.

Pol Lt-colonel Bowornphob Soonthornraekha, deputy superintendent at the Phayathai Police Station, said the campaign was being implemented on 10 major roads in Bangkok, including Rama IV, Sathon, Vibhavadi Rangsit, Phahonyothin, Sukhumwit, Phayathai, Petchburi, Henri Dunant, and Rama I roads where traffic volume is high. He said that Phetburi and Phayathai roads are always busy and officers have to enforce the law more strictly to prevent accidents.

“The project not only [targets] anybody using phones while driving, but also the pedestrians chasing Pokemon carelessly until they are on roads, possibly causing traffic |accidents,” he said.

“If officers spot anyone using phones while driving, they will take photos as evidence to impose a Bt400 to Bt1,000 fine, while pedestrians not walking on footpaths will be warned according to the Traffic Act.”

 

Drivers playing Pokemon Go face arrest as fad continues

Published August 18, 2016 by SoClaimon

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As Pokemon Go fever catches on in Thailand, police are taking stronger action against drivers who play the game on their cell-phones.

Citing the Pokemon Go trend, Deputy Metropolitan Police Commissioner Pol Maj General Adul Narongsak issued an order this week for traffic officers to enforce the law strictly and arrest drivers using cell-phones while they’re behind the wheel.

“By driving around and playing Pokemon Go on their cell-phones, many people may engage in behaviour that threatens the safety of road users and is violating the Land Transportation Act,” Adul said. He has ordered traffic police to report all arrests of offending drivers on a daily basis.

Police on Pokemon alert amid traffic bottlenecks and dangerous distracted driving

Published August 15, 2016 by SoClaimon

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IN A BID to prevent road accidents and traffic slowdown, police have stepped up enforcement of the ban on use of mobile phones while driving, amid reports that the ongoing “Pokemon Go” craze has worsened Bangkok’s notorious traffic jams.

Meanwhile, an angry father slammed the viral smartphone game Pokemon Go in a Facebook post yesterday, blaming the game for injuries suffered by his daughter in a road accident in the northern province of Chiang Mai.

In Bangkok, traffic police reported that they are closely monitoring the impact of Pokemon Go on the city’s vehicle speed around popular shopping and tourist districts such as the Ratchaprasong intersection and MBK Centre where gamers engrossed in Pokemon Go could have contributed to a traffic slowdown.

According to traffic law, motorists who use mobile phones while driving are subject to a fine of Bt400 to Bt1,000, as some motorists are reportedly slowing their vehicles at certain places to catch Pokemons for points – one of the game’s features requires players to move no faster than 25km per hour.

Citing public concerns on potential dangers from this widely popular game, the National Boardcasting and Telecom Commission (NBTC) yesterday urged US-based Niantic Inc, the game developer, to consider removing Pokemons and so-called PokeStops from certain places, including footpaths, railroads, canal banks as well as other places such as temples, pagodas, schools, hospitals, and government and military buildings.

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The NBTC also urged the developer to restrict availability of the game at night to prevent children from suffering accidents in public places.

Meanwhile, a secondary school student, referred to as “Tukta”, was riding a motorcycle when she crashed reportedly because she was distracted while watching her friend play Pokemon Go on Monday. She suffered injuries to her arms and legs, and her helmet was damaged.

Her angry father criticised the game, saying developers had made billions in profits but many people had suffered accidents while playing it and the company did not come to their aid.

Father’s plea

“My daughter is a very clever girl, but she is too obsessed with games. I want to warn everyone that when an accident happens, Pokemon cannot help you. It is your parents who’ll have to rush you to hospital with a broken heart, try to find money for the medical expenses, visit a police station and the insurance company to clarify the situation,” he wrote in his post.

“There are many careless players who cause accidents and create trouble for others, so please play it carefully at the right time and in the right place.”

Tukta’s mother told the media that her family asked to remain anonymous because they did not want to be in the public limelight as her daughter still felt embarrassed and shocked by the accident.

Tukta has recovered and returned to school.

The accident happened when Tukta was riding her motorcycle to her vocational school in Chiang Mai with a friend, who was playing the game, riding pillion.

Her friend was excited after she got a “rare” Pokemon and showed it to her. As Tukta glanced at the phone screen for a moment, she lost control and fell from the motorcycle.

Pokemon Go was launched in Thailand on August 8.

Its huge popularity has raised concerns of government officials and the public sector, with warnings that the game could cause traffic problems, disrupt student education and even interfere with national security.

 

Experts defend Pokemon Go, highlight existing social problems

Published August 15, 2016 by SoClaimon

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DESPITE SOME negative concerns, Pokemon Go can be a good tool to teach children and also improve family relationships, a group of psychiatrists suggested yesterday.

At a forum at Chulalongkorn University titled “Where Pokemon Go Will Take Thai Society”, the audience heard that the game highlighted existing problems in society that were not actually caused by the game.

Dr Puchong Laorujisawat, an adult psychiatrist from the Faculty of Medicine Chulalongkorn University, said the key point to prevent people from causing problems for themselves or others while playing the game was basic self control.

“If one does not have discipline and self control, no matter which games are introduced, there will be a problem,” Puchong said.

“Many people complain about the game making children addicted, but in reality the parents themselves did not control gaming time for their children and teach them to manage their time. It is not all the game’s fault.”

Concerns have been expressed about the game’s affect on family relationships. Associate professor Panrapee Suthiwan, a psychologist on children and teenagers’ development, said the game can also bring parents and their children together.

“Children and teenagers’ big issue is the acceptance of friends, so forbidding the game will result in resistance from the children. They may start to lie or play the game behind their guardians’ back, which is bad,” Panrapee said.

“However, we can turn things around by playing with children and teaching them how to play it without causing problems. We can use the game to be a link between parents and children. There is nothing that has only a good side or a bad side, we just have to pick the way to use it wisely.”

Puchong said many of the problems blamed on the game were already in society and the game only served to enhance the issues.

He gave one example of a Pokemon Go player who was |robbed while playing the game. “It is the player, who did not care about his or her safety, and more importantly it is the thief that committed the crime, not the fault of the game,” he said.

“If we carefully consider that many problems are existing problems, we should prioritise solving these problems instead of blaming the game and the players who also have to be careful for their well-being all the time.”

Govt approaches Pokemon Go developer

Published August 15, 2016 by SoClaimon

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THAILAND is trying to remove Pokestops from its religious and historical sites, government offices and other sensitive spots.

Pokestops are part of the now hugely popular smartphone game, Pokemon Go.

Its players usually gather around Pokestops in search of virtual monsters.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) yesterday asked Niantic Inc, the US-based developer of the game, by email for cooperation in clearing Pokestops from four types of areas.

The areas are: railroad and waterway zones, religious and historical sites, government offices, and private property.

“We expect to get a response next week,” said Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of the NBTC.

Some other countries have also made such a request, he said.

The regulator also issued a memo barring its staff from playing Pokemon Go at the office.

“Visitors are not allowed to play the game in our compound,” he added.

Jitters over Pokemon Go ‘invasion’ of Thailand

Published August 15, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Journalists covering news at Government House on Phitsanulok Road play Pokemon Go yesterday while they wait for a press conference and interviews.
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The little monsters in the world-renowned Pokemon Go game literally invaded Thailand’s Government House, the country’s top seat of power, and so many other places nationwide

Prayut has urged authorities to adopt preventive measures against some undesirable consequences of the wildly-popular augmented-reality game.

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At Government House, reporters yesterday managed to catch a few Pokemons at several locations, including the Thai Koo Fah Building and the Command Building, since there had been no preventative measure against GPS-assisted location features inside the compound.

Uttama Savanayana, the Information and Communication Technology Minister, said the premier had instructed the ministry to closely monitor the situation as many Thais, especially youngsters, had downloaded the game over the past several days. So far, there have been no untoward incidents in Thailand but the public should learn that the game is a combination of physical and digital realities, he said, adding that players therefor need to follow appropriate protocols while entering certain places and respect other people’s rights.

Safety is another concern after police reported an incident in which suspected troublemakers used the lure module feature on the game to trick players into travelling to a remote place on the outskirts of Bangkok.

Uttama urged the public to read details of the game’s agreement before downloading the Pokemon Go app, while he said parents should advise children aged under 13 about the game before allowing them to play.

The ministry is working with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission and other agencies to come up with measures to manage and prevent potential negative consequences associated with Pokemon Go, he said.

Police Colonel Supiranat Sattathanachaipat, a deputy metropolitan police chief, said Bangkok’s Bang Khunthien Police Station had been informed of a suspicious “Poke Stop” (a place where Pokemon can be located) in its jurisdiction on Sunday night near Ekachai Road. There, unscrupulous Pokemon players had released a lure module to attract players, he said.

Once police arrived at the scene, a group up to eight adults ran away as they were understood to be waiting for unsuspecting Pokemon players to catch monsters in the remote area.

According to the Pokemon app, players can purchase a lure module for between Bt25 and Bt30 at a time online and to draw the attention of other players.

Police were tipped off by a teenager, who said a few teenagers had gone to the Poke Stop but had found the place surrounded by several suspicious-looking people.

As a result, players are advised not to venture into places where their safety could be compromised, especially when seeing a lure module symbolised by the pink Sakura flower.

For online marketing purposes, this feature is used by businesses such as restaurants and coffee houses to attract customers wanting to catch Pokemons in their businesses. The lure module is effective for about 30 minutes after a purchase is made.

Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn urged the public to refrain from playing the game inside hospitals and nearby compounds.

Jitters over Pokemon Go ‘invasion’ of Thailand

Published August 15, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Jitters-over-Pokemon-Go-invasion-of-Thailand-30292488.html

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Journalists covering news at Government House on Phitsanulok Road play Pokemon Go yesterday while they wait for a press conference and interviews.

Journalists covering news at Government House on Phitsanulok Road play Pokemon Go yesterday while they wait for a press conference and interviews.

THE LITTLE monsters in the world-renowned Pokemon Go game literally invaded Thailand’s Government House, the country’s top seat of power, and so many other places nationwide

Prayut has urged authorities to adopt preventive measures against some undesirable consequences of the wildly-popular augmented-reality game.

At Government House, reporters yesterday managed to catch a few Pokemons at several locations, including the Thai Koo Fah Building and the Command Building, since there had been no preventative measure against GPS-assisted location features inside the compound.

Uttama Savanayana, the Information and Communication Technology Minister, said the premier had instructed the ministry to closely monitor the situation as many Thais, especially youngsters, had downloaded the game over the past several days. So far, there have been no untoward incidents in Thailand but the public should learn that the game is a combination of physical and digital realities, he said, adding that players therefor need to follow appropriate protocols while entering certain places and respect other people’s rights.

Safety is another concern after police reported an incident in which suspected troublemakers used the lure module feature on the game to trick players into travelling to a remote place on the outskirts of Bangkok.

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Uttama urged the public to read details of the game’s agreement before downloading the Pokemon Go app, while he said parents should advise children aged under 13 about the game before allowing them to play.

The ministry is working with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission and other agencies to come up with measures to manage and prevent potential negative consequences associated with Pokemon Go, he said.

Police Colonel Supiranat Sattathanachaipat, a deputy metropolitan police chief, said Bangkok’s Bang Khunthien Police Station had been informed of a suspicious “Poke Stop” (a place where Pokemon can be located) in its jurisdiction on Sunday night near Ekachai Road. There, unscrupulous Pokemon players had released a lure module to attract players, he said.

Once police arrived at the scene, a group up to eight adults ran away as they were understood to be waiting for unsuspecting Pokemon players to catch monsters in the remote area.

According to the Pokemon app, players can purchase a lure module for between Bt25 and Bt30 at a time online and to draw the attention of other players.

Police were tipped off by a teenager, who said a few teenagers had gone to the Poke Stop but had found the place surrounded by several suspicious-looking people.

As a result, players are advised not to venture into places where their safety could be compromised, especially when seeing a lure module symbolised by the pink Sakura flower.

For online marketing purposes, this feature is used by businesses such as restaurants and coffee houses to attract customers wanting to catch Pokemons in their businesses. The lure module is effective for about 30 minutes after a purchase is made.

Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn urged the public to refrain from playing the game inside hospitals and nearby compounds.

 

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