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39 Phuket motorists arrested or fined at Kathu checkpoint

PHUKET: Traffic Police from Kathu Police Station arrested or fined 39 people for various offences after carry out routine checks on motorists passing through at the Kathu Police Station checkpoint this morning (Nov 18).

crime, police, transport,

Yutthawat Lekmak

Friday 18 November 2016, 05:48PM

Police check vehicles passing through the Kathu Police Station Checkpoint. Photo: Kathu Traffic Police
Police check vehicles passing through the Kathu Police Station Checkpoint. Photo: Kathu Traffic Police

Lt Col Sarawul Choprasit of the Kathu Traffic Police told The Phuket News today, “We carried out a big check on motorists passing through the Kathu Police Station Checkpoint this morning and the checks resulted in 39 motorist being either arrested or fined.

The charges were as follows:

Not wearing a helmet - 7

Carrying illegal weapons - 3


3. No driver’s licence - 15

4. No Compulsory Insurance - 14

Lt Col Sarawul added, “If you don’t want to be arrested or fined then simply follow the law.” 



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marcher | 19 November 2016 - 11:58:58

Checkpoints have no use if they just take drivers money and send them on their way. What should happen is:
1. Tell them to buy a helmet and come back to collect their bike
2. Straight into jail
3 + 4. Confiscate their vehicle until  they show proof
This is the rule in Western countries, but never in Thailand. Here it's money before safety

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Sir Burr | 19 November 2016 - 07:58:00

.....and in other news:-

Tourists seen walking on Patong Beach.

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malczx7r | 18 November 2016 - 18:57:06

Wow, imagine the improvements they could achieve if they did this every day!

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toptipster | 18 November 2016 - 18:51:50

What a waste of time. I can imagine none of these offences, no insurance, driving licence will be followed through. Would they be asked to bring in their documents, i doubt it. Just another fine and on your way thank you, still driving about with no insurance, back lights out and so on.

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Asterix | 18 November 2016 - 18:24:56

At Hayek Chalong, The Chalong Police Station are doing much more better that Police Kathu checkpoint....with only 39 motorists arrested and fined on-site.... Businesses are suffering from those spontaneous checkpoints because catched foreigners go straight back to their hotels without going ahead for shopping and visiting Chalong-Rawai areas.

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