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Day Five – Drunk driving leads the way on Thailand’s ‘killing fields’

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Drunk driving remains the major cause of road fatalities after the Songkran ‘Seven Days of Danger’ toll reached a staggering 323 people killed on Thailand’s roads (after the first five days of reporting).

3,140 others were injured in 3,001 crashes during the first five days of the Songkran seven-day accident-monitoring period – From last Wednesday morning to Sunday night.

On Sunday alone, drunk driving was the cause of 42 per cent of 552 road accidents in which 69 people were killed and 589 injured.

Speeding played a lesser role – 26 per cent of accidents – while 79 per cent of all accidents involved motorcycles.

Chiang Mai continues to have the highest number of accidents, at 119 cases and 136 injured over the five days. At 19, Nakhon Ratchasima recorded the highest accumulated death toll. Only seven provinces – Yala, Ranong, Satun, Samut Songkhram, Nong Khai, Nong Bua Lamphu and Angthong – haven’t reported any deaths from road accidents during Songkran. 21,829 drivers were arrested at checkpoints nationwide for drunk driving on the Sunday.

Chiang Rai, Maha Sarakham and Surin topped the list of provinces for most number of drunk drivers caught in the first five days of Songkran. Thousands of offenders were immediately slapped with probation and dozens had monitoring devices attached to their ankles to keep them off the roads. Probation Department director-general Prasarn Mahaleetrakul said the five days saw 3,460 motorists arrested and placed on probation across the country.

Since April 13, the department had attached electronic monitoring devices to the ankles of 37 drunk drivers placed on probation. The devices prevent them from leaving their homes between 10pm and 4am for 15 days. Given one year’s probation, they must report four times to probation officials and do 24 hours of community service.

SOURCE: The Nation

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240 million baht in assets seized in Patong and Chiang Mai counterfeit raids

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Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn is continuing his counterfeit goods crackdown in Patong and Chiang Mai where 240 million baht of assets have been seized over the past month.

At a media scrum held at the Police Region 8 headquarter in Mai Khao yesterday Surachate said, “We have raided four targeted areas in Patong and four targeted areas at the Chiang Mai night Bazar in our counterfeit goods crackdowns. More than 240 million baht of assets such as houses, land and cars have been seized.”

The crackdown follows an investigation that found that many counterfeit goods are being sold online. Patong and Chiang Mai Night Bazar are also favorite places for tourists where fake brand-name items are popular.

“Officers have raided shops near Patong Beach on December 14. Officers seized counterfeit goods and arrested suspects yesterday as well.”

Read more the recent counterfeit sting in Patong HERE.

“Two wanted suspects have now been arrested. 240 million baht of assets have been seized from the raids.”

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Social media helps re-unite dog and owner in Chiang Mai

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Social media helps re-unite dog and owner in Chiang Mai | The Thaiger

Facebook users in Chiang Mai have banded together to locate a lost dog. 24 days ago it was frightened by the firecrackers on Loy Kratong night and ran away.

Thanawat Jinawanit recounts how he and his aunt, Yaowamal Jinawanit, got the dog back from a temple in another tambon last Sunday after a Facebook user called him to report sighting the dog that he recognized from Thanawat’s Facebook wall.

Social media helps re-unite dog and owner in Chiang Mai | News by The Thaiger

He said the dog had developed an attachment to his aunt over the past five years. But three months ago, his aunt had to make a foreign trip and the dog became sad.

Then when his aunt returned home on November 23, Poppaep became frightened by firecracker sounds and ran away from their house.

Thanawat said he searched but failed to locate Poppaep and so posted her photo to his Facebook wall, and the post was widely shared.

On Sunday, a woman called to tell him Poppaep was spotted at Wat Jed Yod in tambon Chang Puak in Muang district, and so he went there with Yaowamal to find it.

Thanawat said his aunt shed her tears of joy after reconnecting with Poppaep.

SOURCE: The Nation/Daily News

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Man jumps to his death from condo rooftop in Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai police are reporting that a man, allegedly experiencing depression following a business failure, has jumped to his death from a condo rooftop in front of his relatives. The incident happened this morning.

40 year old Apirak Chansawang died on impact outside a luxurious 32 floor condo in the Wat Ket area of Chiang Mai.

His relatives told police that they were taking Apirak to the rooftop for morning exercises when he suddenly and spontaneously climbed over the wall and jumped down as shocked relatives were unable to respond.

Relatives told police that Apirak used to have a successful business abroad and returned to Thailand five years ago. He borrowed money from relatives to buy a shophouse and opened a language school. But the business failed, causing him to fall into depression. Apirak was undergoing medical treatment by medical staff at the time, according to police.

His relatives say Apirak had tried to commit suicide before when he was in his room on the 26th floor of the condo but relatives were able to save him in time on that occasion.

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