Police in Khon Kaen are using a new technique to catch people who are violating the nationwide curfew by flying drones along the provincial roads.
The police, in combination with Khon Kaen University, fly the drones during curfew hours, searching for gatherings of people or anyone who is breaking the curfew.
The high-tech drones have the ability to hover and zoom in to get closeups of people’s faces or vehicle license plates, allowing the police to find anyone who they believe has violated the laws.
The drones also feature thermal and infrared systems, allowing them to quickly detect humans on the streets.
Since the curfew began, police in Khon Khan have arrested 205 people for violating the curfew, although they have not said how many of these arrests are as a direct result of drone usage.
While the use of the technology is of great assistance to the police during this state of emergency, some might say it is an invasion of privacy due to the high-tech ability of the drones to gain quality images and videos of people from a distance.