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The director-general of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, Chayapol Thitisak said that his department was in the process of purchasing laser equipped speed guns for law enforcement officers across Thailand, however the procurement process has not yet begun.

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That statement comes after large amount of criticism following last week’s announcement that the department planned to spend a reported 573 million baht on a total of 849 handheld devices meaning that an individual device would cost 675,000 baht.

The money was reportedly coming from the central fund as part of the 2017 budget, critics have labelled the devices as “overpriced.”

Chayapol stated that the figure reported was an average price quoted based on requirements stipulated by the department.

Purchase of "overpriced" speed guns not finalized yet

He noted that although the cabinet had approved the purchase on October 10, no sale had been complete.

The devices are apparently necessary for officers to inforce speed limits and will mostly be used on secondary roads that connect districts.

He said that the purchase of the devices was in response to requests from various organisations to reduce the number of accidents on Thai roads.

Source : The Nation

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