The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will integrate CCTV networks throughout the capital to promote public safety after a street cleaner was fatally hit by a car.
Announcing the project, Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt said that the City Hall was aware of the importance of the project after the death of Somsri Yimchalaem, a street cleaner of Saphan Sung district, who was hit by a car on Oct 9.
CCTV footage led officials concerned to a vehicle that was driven into a warehouse and its owner finally confessed to the hit-and-run accident.
If the CCTV network was complete and officials responded seriously to incidents, many issues could be solved, the governor said.
“In a matter of seconds life can change for both the driver and the victim. Be careful while using phone while driving. I must thank the metropolitan police for actively responding to the incident and arresting the culprit within one day,” Mr Chadchart said.
Pol Gen Adisorn Ngamjitsuksri, advisor to the Bangkok governor, quoted the culprit as saying that on his way to pick up cargoes, he lost control of his vehicle when he glanced at his mobile phone.
His vehicle hit Somsri at about 5.10-5.15am. He did not stop the vehicle to help the victim and did not inform officials of the incident either. (TNA)