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19 die in traffic accidents

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PHUKET: Nineteen people died in traffic accidents between June 20 and July 20, according to statistics from the Wachira, Thalang and Patong government hospitals. Ampaipan Pawawattananusorn of the Phuket Provincial Health Office reports that 18 of the victims died while on motorcycles, while one was in a car. In the same period, 57 people were injured in car accidents, while 846 were hurt riding motorbikes. This year’s totals from January 1 to July 20 show 13 people killed in cars and 108 on motorcycles, with 6,806 people injured, of whom 6,070 were on motorbikes. The motorbike injury statistic is up significantly from the same period in the past three years. In 1997 the figure was 5,746, in 1998 it was 5,729, while last year it fell slightly to 5,691. Pol Lt Col Teeraphol Thipjaroen, Deputy Superintendent of the Phuket Police Station, told the Gazette, “The main cause of the high accident rate is that although most of the riders know what is right and what is wrong, they still persist in doing things the wrong way.” “Many of the people caught in police checkpoints are found to have modified their motorbikes to the point where it increases the likelihood of having an accident. Another problem is that riders don’t know the law well enough. “We have about 200,000 motorbikes in Phuket because there is little in the way of other kinds of transport in Phuket. Most of the riders are students, some of them too young to qualify for motorcycle licenses, but there are no buses or other modes of transport for them. “When it comes to helmets, things are a bit better than before; most riders take helmets with them, especially in the daytime, though the main reason they do so is to protect themselves from being stopped by the police,” Lt Col Teerapol said. He added that anyone wanting to know more about traffic laws may ask the police or call the Traffic Department on 220919.



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Indian tourist rescued from a near-drowning at Patong Beach

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PHOTOS: Patong Surf Life Saving

An Indian tourist has been rescued from drowning after getting into difficulty while swimming at Patong beach yesterday.

Patong Surf Life Saving report that around 1.30pm at Patong Beach an Indian tourist was spotted in the water, choking and fighting to stay afloat.

Lifeguards dived in and brought him back to the beach. He was not breathing and his heart has stopped beating by the time they got him back to shore. Lifeguards urgently applied CPR.

Mr Jhamnani’s heart started to beat again and he became conscious. He was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital where he is now recovering.

Well done to the team at Patong Surf Lifesaving. I think you can expect a visit from a grateful Indian tourist in a few days.

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Polish man charged after threatening people with a gun in Patong

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A Polish man has been charged with carrying a gun in public in Patong, Phuket.

Patong Police report that at 6.20pm last night (Tuesday) they were notified that a man was using a gun to threaten others at a hotel on Pisit Koranee Road in Patong.

Police headed to the hotel to find the Polish man. He denied any knowledge about the gun. Then Police questioned his Thai wife. She took police to a room where she gave the gun to police.

The Polish man has now been charged with illegal possession of gun and carrying it in public without a permit.

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Phuket kratom-cooker robs pharmacies – VIDEO

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Phuket police yesterday have arrested a thief while he was cooking up a batch of kratom. He had earlier robbed pharmacies in Chalong, Phuket.

Chief Investigator of the Phuket Provincial Police Col Prawit Engchuan says, “Yesterday we have arrested 25 year old Rattaphon Pales at a house in Chalong. Police seized 0.45 litres of liquid kratom.”

“On Monday night Chalong Police were notified that a man had robbed a pharmacy in Chalong (video below) with a knife. He stole 30,000 baht cash and sped away on that occasion.”

“We have continued the investigation and arrested a suspect while he was cooking liquid kratom at his home.”

“He had robbed the same pharmacy last week and another pharmacy in Vichit. In total he has stolen about 50,000 baht in cash.”

“He was taken to Chalong Police Station where he was charged with illegal possession of Category 5 Drugs and theft.”

PHUKETPhuket police have arrested a thief while he was cooking kratom after robbing pharmacies in Phuket.

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