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Disabled to help Phuket City Police with CCTV monitoring

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PHUKET: Phuket City Police are moving forward with a plan to have disabled people monitor closed-circuit television (CCTV) security cameras, but the project will be limited to those who can get up the stairs to the fourth-storey CCTV control room on their own.

Phuket City Superintendent Wanchai Ekpornpit told the Gazette yesterday that his department is working with the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (PPAO) to screen applicants to monitor existing CCTV cameras, as well as 53 more units funded by the PPAO expected to be operational by the end of the month.

Plans to use teams of nine disabled people at a time, working in shifts to monitor the screens, were announced in early November. However many members of the Phuket Disabled Peoples’ Club who would like to take part are wheelchair-bound or otherwise unable to get up the stairs.

As Phuket City Police have no budget to install an elevator, Col Wanchai said his department is working with the PPAO and Don’t Drive Drunk Foundation to find volunteers capable of getting up the stairs on their own.

“The project will get underway soon, probably next month,” he said.

Phuket Disabled Peoples’ Club President Sawai Promjinda said his group had yet to receive any information about the project, however.

“I think it is still in the public relations phase,” he said.

Although the project will begin in Phuket City, the PPAO would eventually like to expand CCTV coverage across the island and have disabled volunteers working in each police precinct. Chalong Police District has been mentioned as the next target area.

Col Grissak Songmoonnark, Superintendent of the Kathu Police, which has jurisdiction over Patong, told the Gazette earlier that volunteers would need considerable training in how to use the technology. This includes camera zooming and tracking of suspects to ensure high-quality images are obtained.

“It’s not just a matter of staring at a monitor all day,” he said.

— Atchaa Khamlo



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Motorbike driver files official complaint after accident from fallen cables in Kata

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A motorbike driver has filed a report with police against a cable company after he became tangled up in their cabling while driving to work in Kata.

26 year old Chakaree Yawaekaree filled the report with Chalong Police against the local cable company.

Mr Chakaree told Police that he was driving to work in Kata on Friday morning. When he arrived at the scene he ran into the cabling that had dropped down, just above the road level. The cables hooked his motorbike and caused him to crash and fall off. He was taken to hospital where he was treated for scrapes, grazes and a badly injured right knee.

Chalong Police say they are continuing their investigation. They say the cables belong to a private company and that this kind of incident happens “very often”.

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Motorbike driver dies after colliding with sedan on Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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A motorbike driver has died after colliding with a sedan driven by a Russian driver who was allegedly making a “risky” U-turn on Thepkrasattri Road in Koh Kaew yesterday.

The incident happened at 3.30pm yesterday.

Police and other emergency responders arrived to find a white sedan, a motorbike and a pickup truck.

The motorbike driver had sustained serious injuries – 19 year old Weerapat Chamnina – and had already been rushed tp Mission Phuket Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police report that a white sedan, whose driver was a 37 year old Russian man, Maxim Shadrin, was heading along the southbound lane of Thepkasattri Road.

Police speculate that he was trying to make a U-turn but was allegedly out of the lane of traffic making the turn.

The motorbike collided with the rear of the man’s sedan.  The motorbike driver bounced off to the other side of the road (northbound lane).  Then a pickup truck hit the motorbike driver.

Police are continuing their investigation and examining all the CCTV footage.

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54 year old Swede dodges traffic in Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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PHUKET: Achadtaya Chuenniran

A 54 year old Swedish tourist is now in custody after running around Thepkasattri road yesterday morning dodging cars and causing traffic mayhem. Luckily no cars came in contact with the man police described as ‘mentally ill’.

A video clip from the incident shows the man running in and out of the traffic on Thepkasattri Road in Thalang. The incident happened around 2.30am.

The road had to be closed for 20-30 minutes as police apprehended the man, unhurt. The motive for his dangerous antics have not become apparent at this stage.

The man, who remains named was taken to Thalang Hospital for checking then was transferred to Vachira Hospital in Phuket Town. Police revealed that his visa expired on the same day so they’ve contacted the local Swedish consular officials to check on the man’s family and travel situation.

The Swede is currently being evaluated and treated in the hospital’s psychiatric wing.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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