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New Year road toll hits targets

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PHUKET: Three people died and 32 people were injured in 35 reported accidents from December 28 to January 3, nearly matching the government’s target road toll for the “seven days of danger” holiday period.

The Phuket Provincial Road Safety Center for New Year’s 2007 had set a target of three dead and 39 injured in 35 accidents.

The figures were released this morning at Phuket Provincial Hall at the official closing of the holiday road safety center. Chairing the event was Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit, who said all agencies involved had done their best to keep road carnage below the specified targets in Phuket.

The police effort to keep vehicular mayhem in check once again involved setting up police checkpoints, the locations of which vary little from year to year and are well known to most of the island’s motorists.

According to officials, 53,286 vehicles were stopped, with 2,389 people fined or prosecuted for one or more infractions.

The number of road safety infractions were listed as follows:

– Failure to wear a helmet: 632 cases from 7,669 vehicles checked;

– Operating a vehicle without a license: 1,316 cases from 19,226 vehicles checked;

– Driving a motorbike in an unsafe condition: 86 cases from 5,805 bikes checked;

– Failure to wear a seat belt: 285 cases from 7,081 cars checked;

– Drunk driving: 70 cases from 9,860 vehicles checked.

Not a single case of speeding was reported, although officers checked 3,645 vehicles as they passed through the checkpoints.

Thirty of the reported accidents during the period involved motorbikes. Gov Niran said that it is difficult to prevent motorbike accidents because more than 300,000 are registered in the province, which has a registered population of about 290,000.

“I will step up traffic control measures to help reduce the number accidents further the next time this project runs, over Songkran [Thai new year],” he said.

Pol Maj Teerawat Leamsuwan of the Phuket City Traffic Police Division, told the Gazette that checks during the same period failed to find any metered taxis carrying fares with their meters turned off.

The checks follow provincial road transport authorities announcing on December 29 that there had been complaints about drivers of metered taxis operating from the airport refusing to turn on their meters in order to negotiate higher fares.

Traffic Police will continue to check meter taxis at the main checkpoints still in operation, he said.

Nationwide, 449 people died and 4,943 were injured in from 4,456 road accidents over the holidays. Figures in all three categories exceeded last year’s New Year road toll.

Khon Kaen, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai recorded the most accidents, while Bangkok and Prachuap Khiri Khan had the most deaths, both with 18.

Six provinces had no recorded deaths: Chai Nat, Mae Hong Son, Yasothorn, Lamphun, Samut Songkhram and Ang Thong.



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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

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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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