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Deadly “Seven Days’ begin: Eight accidents, no deaths in Phuket

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PHUKET: Phuket’s holiday road toll stands at eight accidents with no deaths reported after Day One of the Seven Days of Danger national road safety campaign, which began yesterday.

The statistics, being compiled by the Phuket office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), list four accidents occurring in Phuket Town, two in Kathu and two in Thalang.

Six of the accidents involved motorcycles, one involved a pickup and the other involved “another type of vehicle”.

All across Phuket last night police manned checkpoints to curtail drunk driving and to enforce helmet use and other traffic laws.

At the bus station on Phang Nga Road in Phuket Town, every bus driver must pass a breath-alcohol test before getting behind the wheel.

Conducting the breath tests are officers from DDPM Phuket, the Phuket Provincial Land Transport Office (PLTO) and the Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO).

The officers have set up a 24-hour counter to provide coffee, water, candies, hand fans, first aid and even blood-pressure checks – to anyone.

Inspecting the breath-test “checkpoint” in person today, Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha said, “We set up this ‘checkpoint’ to ensure drivers don’t drink and drive. I am pleased to say that no drivers have failed a breath test and all passenger buses are in good condition.”

PLTO Chief Kanok Siripanichkorn assured travellers that there will be ample buses to carry them home during the annual exodus as extra services have been scheduled.

“Ticket officers have told me there are still seats available on most regular scheduled buses, but extra buses are ready in case they are needed,” he said.

Chief Kanok added that in the weeks leading up to the holidays, from December 8 to 28, there were about 8,000 buses heading out of Phuket to take more than 200,000 passengers home.

He also reminded people of the following emergency numbers:

– 1669 (PPHO hotline) to report any kind of accidents
– 1584 (PLTO hotline) for travel information or to complain about problems with bus services
– 1784 (DDPM hotline) to report disasters, such as floods and landslides, or any kind of accident.

— Pimwara Choksakulpan



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Phuket declares rabies outbreak zone in Chalong

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A district livestock development office in Phuket province has announced a Rabies outbreak zone in the Chalong area yesterday.

Sutat Niyomthai, Chief of livestock development officer of Mueang Phuket District, has announced that the Baan Na Yai, Moo 4 village in Tambon Chalong is a designated outbreak zone after a dog tested positive for Rabies.

A rabies temporary control zone will run from January 17 to February 16 in a radius around the Moo 4 village in Tambon Chalong:

• North to Baan Ketho in Moo 7, Kathu.

• South: to Baan Bang Kontee in Moo 5, Rawai.

• East: To Baan Borea in Moo 6, Wichit.

• West: To Karon Temple in Moo 1, Karon.

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Chumphon woman, working in Phuket, wins first prize in lottery

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A woman from Chumphon, who helps out her sister in Phuket, returned to her hometown last week where she bought a lottery ticket.

The ticket won her the first prize in the lottery.

38 year old Thai woman Chonrada Laimer from Chumphon went to Chalong Police Station yesterday with the first prize lottery ticket number 197079. The weekly lottery numbers were announced yesterday. She claims 6 million baht as the first prize.

Khun Chonrada says, “I am from Chumphon. I help my sister to sell goods in Rawai during high season. I had to visit my home in Chumphon last week and bought the lottery ticket there. It is the number of my car number plate. Then I returned to Phuket.”

“I am very happy. I will use this money to fix my parent’s house. I will still help my sister to sell goods.”

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Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days

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PHOTOS: Facebook/Claire Johnson

An Australian woman, who was caught overstaying her visa by 111 days, will be released from detention and deported by Thai authorities tonight.

She came to the media’s attention on Monday after sending urgent messages to a friend saying that she was being taken to a detention centre and that “they are taking my phone”.

46 year old Claire Amelia Johnson is an Australian Gold Coast resident. She will depart Bangkok on a QANTAS flight scheduled to arrive in Sydney tomorrow (Friday) morning.

She was due to return to Australia more than a week ago but on Monday evening sent messages to her friend Juliet Potter and told her that she was in an immigration detention centre in Bangkok and begged her to please “help me”.

Read The Thaiger story about her desperate pleas HERE.

Ms Johnson had been running a medical tourism business called Cosmetic Holidays International that offered cosmetic packages in Phuket”.

The business was voluntarily deregistered with the Australian Securities Commission in May 2017, after five years of operation, but her social media accounts continued to promote her cosmetic-surgery tourism business.

Thailand’s immigration chief, Surachate Hakparn, told Australia’s Fairfax media that Ms Johnson had been arrested, as well as fined, and would be deported after overstaying her tourist visa by more than 100 days.

“My Immigration Department will send her to Australia. She leaves tonight.”

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade would say only that it was “providing consular assistance to an Australian woman detained in Thailand”, without naming Claire.

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