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Phuket suffers deadly ‘Seven Days of Danger’

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January 3, 2013 19:19 PM

  1. The top causes of accidents and casualties during the road safety campaign that saw nine die on Phuket’s roadways were drunk driving, speeding and not wearing helmets. Photo: Chutharat Plerin

  2. The top causes of accidents and casualties during the road safety campaign that saw nine die on Phuket’s roadways were drunk driving, speeding and not wearing helmets. Photo: Thawit Bilabdullar

  3. The top causes of accidents and casualties during the road safety campaign that saw nine die on Phuket’s roadways were drunk driving, speeding and not wearing helmets. Photo: Thawit Bilabdullar

  4. The top causes of accidents and casualties during the road safety campaign that saw nine die on Phuket’s roadways were drunk driving, speeding and not wearing helmets. Photo: Thawit Bilabdullar

  5. The top causes of accidents and casualties during the road safety campaign that saw nine die on Phuket’s roadways were drunk driving, speeding and not wearing helmets. Photo: Thawit Bilabdullar

  6. The top causes of accidents and casualties during the road safety campaign that saw nine die on Phuket’s roadways were drunk driving, speeding and not wearing helmets. Photo: DDPM-Phuket


PHUKET: The nationwide Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign ended at midnight last night with three more deaths on Phuket’s roads than during last year's safety efforts, but far fewer accidents reported.

Nine deaths and 24 injuries in a total of 27 accidents were recorded by the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Phuket branch (DDPM-Phuket). Last year, six people died and 80 were reported injured in 75 accidents.

Though Phuket failed to meet its goal of zero road deaths during the campaign, it did achieve its other goal of decreasing the number of road accidents by at least five per cent.

Dawn broke on the first day of the annual road-safety campaign with no deaths, but later that day road accidents claimed two people’s lives in Phuket.

Yuthapong Taempetch, 37, died after the motorbike he was riding and a pickup truck collided on Kwang Road (see map) in Wichit at 4pm on December 27.

Less than an hour later, Supansa Khamlungtawee, 25, died after the motorbike she was riding and a six-wheeled truck collided in front of a pineapple plantation on Thepkrasattri Road.

On the second day, the death toll increased by one after a family of three riding a motorbike southbound on Thepkrasattri Road near the Thalang Tesco Lotus was hit from behind. The father, who was driving intoxicated, lost control after being struck by the car and then crashed. The driver of the unidentified car fled the scene.

The mother, Tongdech Kamhom, 40, died in the accident. Her 10-year-old son suffered a broken collarbone, a Kulsoldham rescue worker explained to the Phuket Gazette, but her husband seemed not to have suffered any serious injuries. No helmets were found at the scene.

The third day of danger, December 29, claimed the lives of an unidentified woman and a foreign man. The pair were riding a motorcycle along the Cherng Talay-Baan Don Road when they collided with a pickup truck in front of Soi Pasak 3 at about 9:15pm.

There was a reprieve from the consistent road deaths on December 30 as none were reported by the DDPM-Phuket.

Then on New Year’s Eve, two men on a motorcycle on Thepkrasattri Road in Thalang were crushed under a Phuket tour bus in the early morning, bringing the total number of deaths to seven. The victims were Adul Sutthisarn, 44, and Pairote Hemmin, 39.

The eighth death occurred on January 1, when Eak Eakwewchakul, 26, overshot a curve and hit a power pole near the Phuket Go-Kart track in Kathu on his way to Phuket Town.

Manid Sriklang, a 50-year-old man from Khon Kaen, was the final death during this year’s road-safety campaign. Mr Sriklang lost control of his motorbike while leaving Patong on Phra Baramee Road, fell, and hit his head on a sidewalk.

The top causes of accidents and casualties were drunk driving, speeding and not wearing helmets, Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut said once the campaign came to a close.

Gov Maitri vowed to improve public awareness about the need to wear helmets.

Eight of those who died during the campaign were on motorbikes at the time of the accident; only one was in a car.

Four deaths were attributed to losing control of the vehicle; three accidents involved a collision with a truck.

Almost half of the deaths – four – occurred on Thepkrasattri Road in Thalang.

Police at static checkpoints reported stopping and checking 16,882 vehicles and citing 2,609 motorists for the following traffic offenses:

Driving without [carrying] a valid driving license – 1,232

Riding a motorbike without wearing a helmet – 806

Driver and/or passengers failing to use seat belts – 387

Using a cell phone while driving - 84

Riding an unsafe motorbike – 39

Driving under the influence of alcohol – 22

Overtaking in a restricted zone - 21

Driving against the traffic direction flow (ghost-riding) – 10

Failing to stop at a red traffic light – 8
Source: http://www.phuketgazette.net/...of-Danger-19866.html

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ronaldo

Thu, Jan 3, 2013 - 8:30:16 PM

Riding an unsafe motorbike – 39. They obviously weren't looking very hard. Driving under the influence of alcohol – 22. Really? In 7 days, thats it? Driving against the traffic direction flow (ghost riding) – 10. I can drive down to my nearest 7-11 and see 10. Failing to stop at a red traffic light – 8. Every time the lights turn red at any junction you can see 8 people failing to stop. These figures are laughable.
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The original Steve

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 12:43:51 AM

The numbers for the traffic offensives are unimpressive. I see those numbers of violations like that on any given single day.
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Jim from Las Vegas

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 6:09:32 AM

No speeding? No reckless driving? No following too closely? Really no moving violations that are what kill people. I've been here 3 years and don't recall a driver ever being pulled over for any reason. Just so easy to avoid the check points that target mostly foreigners.


ronaldo

Thu, Jan 3, 2013 - 8:30:16 PM


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Arthur Anderson

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 8:08:56 AM

Yes, I thought the same. The numbers are just pulled out of thin air. When they simply make up stuff like this, I always wonder why they think the public will believe it. I guess they just assume we're all pretty dumb, or maybe they just don't care what we think. Don't know how far it is to your nearest 7-11, but I'm 20 minutes from my office and I'll see at least 15 ghost-riding imbeciles every morning and another 15 every night.


Jim from Las Vegas

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 6:09:32 AM


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Heinz Peeflebauer

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 8:13:22 AM

I've been here 20 years and have never been arrested. (And I certainly should have:)


Jim from Las Vegas

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 6:09:32 AM


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agogohome

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 12:09:54 PM

Police check points 'target' everyone, not just foreigners. The commission the officers receive from each ticket issued is the same for anyone, regardless of colour, race or religion. Also, a (Gazette) poll in August last year suggests 25% of respondents had indeed been stopped for a moving violation: http://www.phuketgazette.net/poll/vote.asp?polltriger=1 and polltriger2=1 and PollId=259"target="_blank
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Mike

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 3:44:07 PM

Driving without [carrying] a valid driving license – 1,232. After receiving the ticket you get a 7 days impunity since you can't be fined for the same offence twice. And of course you don't need to show that you made a license, so just keep driving. Simply ridiculous.
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Gregor

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 4:20:00 PM

Reading the statistics, Phuket province alone has the same number of road deaths per year as the entire country of Austria.


Jim from Las Vegas

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 6:09:32 AM



agogohome

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 12:09:54 PM


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Jim from Las Vegas

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 6:10:39 PM

This "poll" isn't very credible. Out of 803 respondents, 25% say they've never been stopped. Ever! With thousands of people here, only 200 have ever been stopped? These figures support my position, not yours. Also, at any checkpoint there's a disproportionate number of farangs vs Thais. Doesn't bother me, but you just aren't paying attention.


Jim from Las Vegas

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 6:09:32 AM



agogohome

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 12:09:54 PM



Jim from Las Vegas

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 6:10:39 PM


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agogohome

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 11:32:58 PM

Not credible? Well, it represents people that responded to it, not, as you suggest, the thousands that actually live here. Maybe it's you that should 'pay attention'. Now give me a link to a story – just one, about your 'disproportionate' farang vs Thai statement – it exists purely in your head. LOL


Jim from Las Vegas

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 6:09:32 AM



agogohome

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 12:09:54 PM



Jim from Las Vegas

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 6:10:39 PM



agogohome

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 11:32:58 PM


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Piss Bucket

Sat, Jan 5, 2013 - 8:04:39 AM

Maybe Mr Jim needs to go back to America. He doesn't seem to understand much about the way things actually ARE here.


Jim from Las Vegas

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 6:09:32 AM



agogohome

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 12:09:54 PM



Jim from Las Vegas

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 6:10:39 PM



agogohome

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 11:32:58 PM



Piss Bucket

Sat, Jan 5, 2013 - 8:04:39 AM


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Jim from Las Vegas

Sat, Jan 5, 2013 - 3:34:07 PM

I understand things quite well. But, this survey hardly represents reality.


Jim from Las Vegas

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 6:09:32 AM



agogohome

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 12:09:54 PM



Jim from Las Vegas

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 6:10:39 PM



agogohome

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 11:32:58 PM



Piss Bucket

Sat, Jan 5, 2013 - 8:04:39 AM



Jim from Las Vegas

Sat, Jan 5, 2013 - 3:34:07 PM


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agogohome

Sun, Jan 6, 2013 - 12:01:36 PM

Nonsense, Jim. Either you've never been to Phuket – or you spend too much time in the bars listening to others that like to 'knock' the place over a few beers. I've been stopped and fined twice in the years I've lived here – once for (accidentally) turning into a one-way street in the wrong direction; the other for jumping a red light. Maybe your forum name should read 'Jim IN Las Vegas'... or just plain 'Jim Beam'.

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July 2014 - at Koh Taphao Noi (Phuket)

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