Governor assigns deputies to oversee Songkran checkpoints

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Wichai Phraisa-ngop has assigned three of his vice-governors to oversee checkpoint inspections on the island during the Songkran holiday period.

Worapoj Ratthasima will be responsible for Muang District, Tri Augkaradacha for Thalang District and Smith Palawatvichai for Kathu District.

Gov Wichai made the announcement outside Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday.

As well as the nine primary checkpoints previously announced, nine secondary checkpoints will be set up at additional locations. The checkpoints will operate 24 hours a day until April 16.

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Particular emphasis will be placed on checking for drink driving, Gov Wichai said.

The authorities will also crack down on boat safety, with checks to ensure that vessels are not overloaded and that they are fitted with enough life-saving equipment.

Meanwhile Region 8 Marine Police Superintendent Anant Huangsaithong said that five Marine Police vessels would be patrolling Phuket’s waters during the period.

In the event of an emergency, divers could be deployed to any location within half an hour, Pol Col Anant added.

For our previous report on Phuket’s Songkran safety strategy, click here.

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