It’s Officially Illegal in Thailand to Use Your Phone at Red Light

by admin on August 3, 2015

To those of you who like to sneak in a quick call while at a red traffic light – bad news. It’s been announced that it is illegal for drivers to use their mobile phones while stopped at a red light, reports the Bangkok Post.

Image Credit: Craig Murphy (Flickr)

Caught in the act! Image Credit: Craig Murphy (Flickr)

Previously many Thai drivers seemed to think this was a loophole in the typical ‘hands-free only’ rule.

Chuchart Srisaeng, Former Supreme Court judge posted the news on his Facebook page on Sunday. Apparently the Royal Thai Police Office had contacted the Council of State, as they were unsure whether it violated Section 43 of the Land Traffic Act, which prohibits drivers from using their phones whilst driving, unless using a hands-free device.

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There was uncertainty as to whether it posed a safety risk as the driver is not actually ‘driving’ whilst at a red traffic light. However it was decided that although the vehicle is at a standstill, the driver is still responsible for the safety of the car, and must be vigilant for when the light turns green.

A year ago the same issue made news, but it was deemed fine for drivers to use phones while the car is still.

Making calls with a hands free device is still legal folks, so don’t worry, so long as your car is armed with the right technology, you can still make that call.

See the full story here.

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