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Police traffic blitz set for January 16

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PHUKET TOWN: January 16 will be D-day for traffic offenders in Phuket Town, Pol Lt Col Teeraphol Thipjaroen, Deputy Superintendent of Phuket Town Police Station, warned today. On that day, he told the Gazette, police will arrest anyone caught breaking traffic laws in Phuket Town, with special attention being paid to motorcyclists not wearing helmets. The crackdown will coincide with a traffic violation blitz in Bangkok on the same day. However, Col Teeraphol explained, Phuket officers will not be hiding behind trees like their counterparts in the capital, but will instead be setting up checkpoints around town with signs warning motorists of the checkpoint 100 meters ahead. He explained that, besides paying the appropriate fines, offenders will have to attend classes on observing traffic laws. “I don’t want [offenders] to think they can just pay the fine and go back to whatever they were doing. “I want to make them so fed up with seeing police checking everywhere, knowing that if they’re caught, they’ll have to attend the classes,” he said. “I’ll try to make the classes so boring and such a waste of their time that they won’t want to break the law again.” The crackdown follows remarks by Phuket Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi, expressing concern about the rising death toll on Phuket’s roads, and the resources wasted – such as the cost of medical treatment. The latest road accident statistics show that 1,032 people were injured in motorcycle accidents in Phuket between October 20 and November 20 last year, bringing the injury toll for 2001 to 10,513. In the whole of the previous year the injury toll was 10,359. However, while the injury statistics show an increase, only three people died in motorcycle accidents during the same period, bringing the total to 119 motorcycle deaths recorded for the year to date, down from 141 in the same period in 2000.



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UPDATE: Water truck driver presents himself to police after motorcycle death on Kata hill

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A water truck driver has presented himself to Karon Police after yesterday’s road accident on Kata Hill that killed a female motorcycle rider.

She died after skidding on oil spilled on the road, falling off the motorbike and being crushed by a water truck in Kata last night. Two others motorists following being also crashed and sustained injuries.

Read more about yesterday’s incident HERE.

This morning the water truck driver, Apichart Sripan, has himself to Karon Police for questioning over the incident.

Karon Police report that a drug and alcohol test has been conducted returning a zero result. But he has been charged with reckless driving causing injury and death.

In our earlier report, police say witnesses report the truck stopped 100 metres down the road. They say the driver got out of the truck to inspect the wheels. Witnesses tried to take photo of him but he got back into his truck and sped away.

UPDATE: Water truck driver presents himself to police after motorcycle death on Kata hill | News by The Thaiger

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68 Ridley’s sea turtles hatched on Phang Nga beach – VIDEO

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PHOTOS/VIDEO: The Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand

68 Ridley’s baby sea turtles have hatched on Tha Sai Beach in Thai Muang, Phang Nga and made their way to the sea last night.

Ridley’s sea turtles, a protected species in Thailand, have returned recently to Phang Nga beaches to breed over the past few months following a 23 year absence.

Read more about the return of the Ridley’s turtles HERE.

Last night 68 baby Ridley’s sea turtles, from 81 eggs survived, hatched and headed straight for the Andaman Sea. Two of them didn’t hatch and 11 eggs weren’t fertilised.

Bon voyage little turtles!

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Motorbike driver dies, another person injured after car driver slams into them

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A female motorbike driver has died while a male car driver has sustained injuries after a second car driver fell asleep at the wheel in Thalang crashing into them.

The incident happened on Srisoonthorn Road in Thalang at 2pm yesterday (Wednesday).

Police and emergency responders arrived to find a damaged motorbike and two damaged cars.

Police report that the car driver, Dechawat Taechanitisawat, fell asleep at the wheel. He lost control of his vehicle before colliding with the motorbike whose driver was 34 year old Ms Tanakorn Chadaphon and another car driven by 39 year old Pradit Ruecha.

They were both rushed to Thalang Hospital where Ms Tanakorn was later pronounced dead.

Police are continuing their investigation and will charge Dechawat Taechanitisawat.

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