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Island View: Unchecked road rage in Phuket

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PHUKET: As far as road safety in Phuket goes, authorities always highlight ‘speeding’ and ‘helmetless riding’ as the major causes of the appalling number of ‘accidents’ and deaths on the road. However, a relatively overlooked area – in my opinion – is road rage.

One recent incident involved a 21-year-old Thai man who threw a large rock at a passing car, causing the driver to crash into a nearby electricity pole, injuring him as well as his wife and child. Police later tracked the man down and called him in for questioning. He ‘explained’ that the driver had cut him off first and that he wasn’t aware the man’s wife and child were in the car with him. After apologizing and paying a nominal fine, he was sent on his way, quite possibly, given his history, to do more of the same.

Another incident involving a Thai TV ‘celebrity’ who publicly beat up and humiliated a motorcycle rider for scratching his brand new car, generated plenty of debate last month. Videos captured by bystanders showed the celebrity dragging the man off his motorbike, repeatedly striking and intimidating him, and finally forcing him to apologize not to him, but to his mini-cooper, before letting him go.

The video was shared on several social media websites, particularly Facebook and YouTube. The victim’s family reported the incident to police, but said they didn’t want to make a big issue of it because they were worried it might affect his future. The boy suffered a broken nose, damage to both eyes and extensive bruising from the beating.

Fortunately, the resultant public outcry cost the celebrity his job in a public announcement and apology by his employers, who were quick to cut him loose when he lost the public’s respect. Weeks later, it was revealed that the actor had taken the oath of monkhood and all was forgiven.

One point that stands out in these debacles, other than the obviously disgusting displays by the offenders, is the lack of negative reinforcement.

Merely levying a fine conveys the message that if you pay up, you are free to abuse. In order to discourage such behavior, especially if the injured parties suffer from serious physical or mental harm, the appropriate course of action needs to be much harsher and include at least some jail time, in order to make any real difference in the behavior on our roads.

— Sahar Aftab Paliwala



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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