While not as serious as police murders of tourists, or extrajudicial killings during a "war on drugs," it's still damn frustrating that the police in Pattaya can erect a police traffic control box directly on the sidewalk. But then, this is Thailand, and the police can get away with almost anything, as show by the hopeless comment by the mayor.
This traffic control box is blocking pedestrian traffic and may have to be demolished. Currently under construction on Third Road, at the intersection opposite the Cottage, the control box is a white-colored structure occupying an area measuring 2 x 2 meters. It is 3 meters in height and has a tiled roof.
Residents have criticized the control box, saying that it is installed on the sidewalk and almost completely blocks the public way. It will cause problems particularly for the disabled, who would not be able to maneuver their wheelchairs around the structure.
Questioned by Pattaya Mail about this obstruction, Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh said the control box does not come under the responsibility of city hall. The structure belongs to the traffic police, and city hall did not grant any permission for it to be built at this location. It is most likely, he said, that the control box is the result of an agreement between the police and an individual in the private sector.