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Phuket holiday road toll: 8 dead, 92 injured

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Phuket holiday road toll: 8 dead, 92 injured | The Thaiger

PHUKET CITY: Final figures are in for this year’s ‘Seven Days of Danger’ road safety campaign in Phuket and they are depressing indeed with eight dead – almost triple the number from last year, when three died.

Figures released by the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM-Phuket) today showed that 82 reported accidents left 92 people with injuries requiring in-patient hospital treatment.

DDPM-Phuket chief Sun Chuntarawong admitted this year’s campaign did not meet its objectives, but said there is little authorities can do to affect change in public views about road safety.

“Change can only come when the people themselves realize the dangers of reckless or drunk driving, speeding…whatever. We will continue to promote road safety for the next campaign [Songkran 2010], but will seek more cooperation from the public and invite them to help lay out the strategy together,” he said.

The final two victims of the holiday period were a pair of teenagers.

They were in a car that crashed into a power pole during rainy conditions at about 6pm last night on Thepkrasattri Rd in tambon Mai Khao’s Baan Makprok, home to the infamous ‘curve of death’ that has claimed the lives of many motorists over the years.

Mr Sun identified the deceased as Wassana Maneesom, 16, and Alongkorn Sirichampa, 17.

Miss Wassana died at the accident scene and Mr Alongkorn was rushed to Vachira Phuket Hospital, where he later died of his injuries.

The DDPM-Phuket reported that a total of 49,939 cars were inspected at checkpoints during the seven-day period, with 6,503 people arrested or fined.

The most common infractions were driving without a license (2,412 cases), riding a motorbike without a helmet (2,037) and failure to wear a seat belt (1,250).

Motorcycles were involved in 82% of the accidents, which most commonly occurred between the hours of 8pm and midnight.

Drunk driving was given as the cause of 26 accidents with speeding attributed to another 13 accidents.

As in previous years Muang District had the most carnage: four dead, 55 injured.

Muang District comprises Phuket City, tambons Koh Kaew and Chalong, and Rasada, Rawai, Wichit and Karon municipalities.

Nationwide there were 3,534 reported accidents resulting in 347 deaths and 3,827 accidents, all down by about 5% year-on-year.

Nakhon Sri Thammarat had the highest number of reported accidents (128) and injuries (146) of any province.

Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and Nakhon Ratchasima tied for the most fatalities, with 12 each.

Nationwide 449,673 people were charged with traffic violations throughout the period.

— Sitthipong Nongkaew

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Police investigate motorbike hoons in Patong

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Police investigate motorbike hoons in Patong | The Thaiger

PHOTOS: Patong Police

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

The Patong Police report that the clip of tourists who have been driving their motorbikes at high speed around the streets of Patong has been very popular and provided them with a lot of information about the locations, the bikes and the riders.

Police are now investigating the incident to find the people on the bikes so they can charge them and take legal action.

Every month they say there are about 2,000 cases as Patong Police enforce the road rules around the tourist town. Patong Traffic Police say they are strictly enforcing traffic rules to prevent road accidents and protect tourists.

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“Self-myofascial release” – what is foam rolling?

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“Self-myofascial release” – what is foam rolling? | The Thaiger

by Krix Luther

The word is out about self-myofascial release – foam rolling – and, no, Thailand people, this doesn’t have to do with a ‘soapy’ or ‘happy-endings’.

So what is foam rolling you ask? Well, it was once a secretive technique used by professional coaches and therapists but has become a regular practice for people across the spectrum of all fitness levels.

Self-myofascial release is just a fancy term for a technique of self-massage that helps deal with muscle tightness and trigger points.

With a massage parlour never being farther than a kilometre away, and decent one-hour massage costing you less than 500 baht, it might be difficult to see the point of learning the technique – which would explain why I always see a bunch of rarely used foam rollers in the corner of Nai Harn Gym in Phuket (one of the places I work).

Nonetheless, the understanding of your body and muscle structures that comes with practising the technique can offer many benefits.

  • Increases flexibility and range of motion
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Prevents chances of DOMS
  • Reduces post-workout stress
  • Helps with post-workout cooldown
  • Reduces recovery time
  • Prevents training-related injuries
  • Reduces chances of overtraining

The practice can be done with a foam roller, lacrosse ball, Theracane or your own hands by simply applying pressure to specific points on your body, aiding in the recovery of muscles and assisting in returning them to normal function. We can think of ‘normal function’ as when your muscles are elastic, healthy and ready to perform at a moment’s notice.

Foam rolling after a workout will provide deep compression that will help relax tight muscles and adhesions (fibrous bands) between muscle layers and their surroundings. The benefits of foam rolling are outstanding, in addition to increasing blood flow, which will speed up muscle recovery. Foam rolling can be used for a variety of corrective bodywork.

It can loosen muscles to re-balance posture, re-establish proper movement patterns, enhance performance and help create pain-free movement.

Stretching alone is not always enough when it comes to releasing the tightness, which makes the technique very helpful. Additionally, you are able to feel exactly what is happening and adjust the pressure so that it is uncomfortable, but not unbearable – not always the case when it comes to the toes of your Thai masseuse digging into your back.

Krix Luther has been a Personal Trainer in Phuket for more than 10 years, he specialises in weight loss, strength & conditioning, TRX and CrossFit. For more information about Krix and his services, visit

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Elderly motorbike driver dies in Thalang crash

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Elderly motorbike driver dies in Thalang crash | The Thaiger

A 74 year old motorbike driver has died after colliding with a high speed taxi in Thalang this morning.

The Thalang Police headed to the accident near an intersection of Thepkrasattri – Nai Yang Road in Thalang at 7.40am.

When they arrived they found a damaged taxi. Nearby they located the damaged motorbike.

74 year old Somchai Uttasaha, the motorbike driver, was taken to the Thalang Hospital but was later pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.

Police report that the taxi was traveling at high speed. The driver was 48 year old Prasert Malitong.

When the taxi arrived at the location of the incident, the motorbike was allegedly traveling outside his proper traffic lane.  The taxi collided with the motorbike at speed.

The taxi driver has been charged with reckless driving causing death.

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