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Governor Relaxes Enforcement Of Helmet Law

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PHUKET TOWN: The Governor of Phuket directed police to relax enforcement of the helmet regulation for motorbike taxi passengers following a vocal protest in the heart of Phuket Town yesterday afternoon. An estimated 800 protesters gathered at the Suriyadet Circle fountain at noon to listen as spokesmen called for an end to the enforcement of the regulation requiring both drivers and passengers to wear helmets. The leaders also wanted police to inform citizens of the location of traffic checkpoints before such checkpoints are set up. Later in the afternoon, the mob, which included dozens of motorbike taxi drivers, moved to the intersection of the Bypass Road and Thepkrasattri Road. There, they set fire to 20 helmets and snarled traffic, causing an estimated 600 airline passengers to miss their scheduled flights out of Phuket International Airport. Leaders demanded, and were later granted, a meeting with Governor Chadej Insawang, police officials and other provincial administrators at Phuket Provincial Hall. This morning, the governor’s office announced that enforcement of the helmet regulation for motorbike drivers and passengers would remain in force, but that no action would be taken against motorbike taxi passengers who fail to comply with the law. The governor urged all drivers and passengers to wear helmets for their own safety. The action came two weeks into a province-wide crackdown on helmet scofflaws. The highly-publicized campaign resulted in more than nine out of ten drivers and passengers complying with the regulation, according to the governor. In a document issued yesterday, the Phuket Provincial Health Office reported that 742 patients were admitted to government hospitals from July 20 to August 19 for motorbike-related injuries, raising the total since December 20, 1997 to 7,009 patients. Of the 742 patients admitted during the latest reporting period, 17 died of their injuries.



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Police hunting for driver in hit and run – Patong

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Patong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)

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PHUKETWARNING: Extreme graphic contentPatong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)VIDEO: Newshawk Phuket

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UPDATE: Response to Rabies zone in Chalong

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‘Following the earlier reported rabies incident in Chalong, the Soi Dog Foundation yesterday (Friday, January 18) teamed up with The DLD and Chalong OBT to carry out vaccinations in the area the infected dog was discovered.

Jointly, the team was successful in vaccinating 128 dogs in a swift response to what is hoped to be an isolated case.

Working alongside the Chalong OBT and DLD, they carried out a door-to-door exercise, alerting local residents of the specific area in order to perform precautionary vaccinations of their pets, as well as street dogs in the vicinity.

Soi Dog Foundation, along with the Chalong Public Health Representative and DLD Representative, Dr.Suthat, are keen to urge the public that this is not an outbreak and are hopeful that it is an isolated incident.

However, as a further measure to ensure this remains as such, the team will continue with the rabies vaccination program on Monday, January 21.’

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Police searching for the killer after shooting near Saphan Hin

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A Thai man has been shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket earlier today. The arrest warrant has already been issued for the suspect.

The Wichit Police were notified of the incident on Rattanakosin 200 pi Road near Saphan Hin at 3.40am this morning.

Police and rescue workers arrived to find the body of 30 year old Teerasak Saeong from Phuket covered with blood and laying on the road. Two bullet wounds were found on his right and left temple.

Seven bullets were also found around Mr Teerasak’s body. Nearby they found a motorbike. His body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for full autopsy and identification.

Witnesses told police that Mr Teerasak was stopped on his motorbike and was talking with the suspect who was in a black car. The suspect shot at Mr Teerasak and sped away.

Mr Teerasak was the son of a member of Rassada’s Municipal Council. At this stage police believe that the two had personal conflicts. Police are now searching for the driver of the vehicle who shot Mr Teerasak.

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