Speed Limit Monk Uses Buddhism and Technology to Keep Drivers Mindful

Thailand is a country deeply steeped in Buddhism -a belief that extends even into the automobile where an estimated 76% of Thai drivers place monk statues on their dashboard, hoping it will save them from accidents.

While the intention is good, Thailand ranks second in the world in traffic fatalities with data showing that most of the accidents are caused by driving too fast.

To address this problem, BBDO Bangkok, in partnership with the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, has launched a campaign to put people’s faith to work by equipping monk statues with a GPS tracker and speed detector.


The monk statues can detect different legal speed limits on each road that the car is currently on. If the driver exceeds that limit, the statue will automatically play the preaching voice of renowned monk Phre Payom warning drivers to be mindful, slow down and drive more safely.


Client : Thai Health Promotion Foundation
Product : Thai Health’s Road Safety Project
Agency : BBDO Bangkok
Chairman & Chief Creative Officer : Suthisak Sucharittanonta
Deputy Chief Creative Officer : Anuwat Nitipanont
Creative Director : Park Wannasiri
Senior Copywriter : Thiti Boonkerd
Copywriter : Vachira Pashekrepapon
Senior Art Director : Thanan Srisukh
Art Director : Panupak Siripakdee



Bobby McGill

Bobby McGill

Bobby is the founder and publisher of Branding in Asia.

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