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Phuket motorcyclist leg broken in collision with pickup

PHUKET: Police cannot yet confirm whether any charges will be pressed against a motorist who knocked down a motorcyclist in Rassada yesterday night leaving him with a broken leg.

accidents, transport, police,


Yutthawat Lekmak

Thursday 2 March 2017, 04:15PM


Rescue qworkers treat the unnamed man at the scene of the accident. Photo: Phuket Rescue Team
Rescue qworkers treat the unnamed man at the scene of the accident. Photo: Phuket Rescue Team

Col Lt Sakchai Chanyong from the Phuket City Police was notified of an accident on Soi Songkhla in Rassada at 11:30pm yesterday (Mar 1).

Police arrived at the scene with rescue workers to find a motorcyclist lying at the side of the road with a broken leg. Nearby were a damaged black Yamaha M-Slaz and silver Toyota Hilux pickup truck.

The unnamed driver of the motorbike was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

Col Lt Sakchai confirmed that both vehicles had insurance coverage but was unable to comment when asked if the driver of the pickup would face charges or if he was tested for drink and drugs. 

 

 

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ematt | 03 March 2017 - 18:11:34

"USA...automatically test for drugs and alcohol after any collision." 
Not true. It is discretionary, not automatic.  The police can order it only if they suspect drug or alcohol involvement. Same as here.

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Kurt | 03 March 2017 - 12:35:07

In many European countries when you with car/motorbike/bicycle involved in traffic accident, YOU ask yourself the police for a free alcohol test.
If you have damage to claim with your insurance, you are obligated to produce a alcohol test report.
Also the insurance of the opponent accident party can require a copy of your alcohol test, as they will try to claim the damage on you if they think you had to much alcohol in your blood during accident.

Good systematic.

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malczx7r | 03 March 2017 - 12:30:27

eagle, they do in the UK, all the time, which country are you from that they don't do drug and alcohol tests after an accident? 

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CaptainJack69 | 03 March 2017 - 12:02:30

@Rori: Same goes for the UK and the USA. Both automatically test for drugs and alcohol after any collision.

@Kurt: Salengs are illegally modified motorbikes. As such any insurance they have would be void. They are required to pay for basic government insurance to renew their tax each year (if they bother with tax) but that is also void.

What's amazing is that the police are so keen to charge drivers with reckless driving but never bother to breathalyze either party in a collision. They do have breathalyzers, they get given them by charities. Maybe they don't want to brake them?

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Kurt | 03 March 2017 - 11:43:12

Thailand is the worse country in the world when it comes to driving skills and road accidents.
Thailand even has several times a year, as they call it, a 7 days of road danger week.
During these periods the number of people catched driving under influence are astonishing. Hundreds of death, and more wounded.
It is only in Thailand were professional drivers (busses, minivans, taxis) are falling asleep while driving passengers.
And as Phuket island also is sinking under the inflow of many kind of drugs, it justifies check on alcohol and drug use after traffic accidents. That is why.
Car and motorbike insurances should demand that.
It can save insurances  a lot of money in refusing payments to insured people who are drunk or under influents of drugs while driving and causing accidents.

Different countries, different methods.
In European countries there are everywhere regular unannounced road blocks.
Police on big motorbikes pick you from the traffic and direct you to a inspection point.
At that check point are police, car technical inspection officers, fiscal officers, immigration officer.
There you go:
-- Check on alcohol, sometimes on drugs when they suspect you using it, + check road tax and car insurance ( police)
--- Check technical condition of your car. ( Technical Departments)
--- Check or you paid possible outstanding fines and overdue tax payments ( fiscal officers)
--- When you are foreigner, check or you are legal in the country ( immigration officers)

That are good 'road blocks', not the ones here you can laugh about.

Next safety week will be during Songkran. Now? Nothing.

Does anyone know or the illegal and official forbidden saleangs  are insured in Thailand?

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Rorii | 03 March 2017 - 11:32:40

Eagle,I do not know about every country, but they certainly get checked in Australia, I would be surprised if many other coutries don't do the the same. You really must live in a very sheltered life. 

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Eagle | 03 March 2017 - 09:09:22

Kurt,do they check people in other countries for drugs or alcohol after every accident.No,so why should they do it here.Only because you would like to see it?

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Kurt | 02 March 2017 - 21:27:45

When, when, when it becomes on Phuket a police standard procedure to check involved on drugs and alcohol?

I not understand either why vehicle insurances not demand that.
If their insured person was under influence of drugs/alcohol they only have to pay out for the innocent opponent, and not for the drugs/alcohol person in their portfolio insurance.
Saves all of us a lot of insurance premium.

In many countries motorbike/car insurances are dismissed of their obligations when drugs/alcohol played a role in road accident.
It could make thai think twice if they are drunk and lost of vehicle becomes their personal affair due to criminal road behavior.

Are the by thai law illegal saleangs ( 3 wheel motorbike vehicles) having an insurance?  Hard to believe, actually.

Illegal = illegal, right?

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