Ananova, Aug. 12, 2002
Billboards have appeared in Bangkok asking drivers to remember Buddhist teachings while they’re behind the wheel.
One of the city council’s posters tells drivers: “Have the wisdom to prepare your journey before leaving home.”
Another says: “Have mercy and lend a helping hand to motorists with car trouble.”
The Bangkok Post says an education ministry official in charge of religious affairs has welcomed the campaign.
He said: “A high state of consciousness and concentration, and the fifth precept – abstention from alcohol and other intoxicants – should be practised by all drivers.”
Taxi driver Viroj Duangkasem says he enjoys reading the messages, but adds it’s difficult to put the theory into practice.
He said: “Once I’m on the road, all I want to do is drive my passengers to their destinations as quickly as I can without hitting other cars.”