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Phuket Police move to end deadly accidents at Chalong black spot

PHUKET: The island’s top-ranking police commander has ordered Chalong Police to take action over the deadly intersection of Soi Thanuthep and Chao Fa East Rd in Chalong, where one foreign man died on Monday night and a woman remains in critical condition after colliding with a car at the intersection yesterday morning.

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Tanyaluk Sakoot

Wednesday 7 September 2016, 11:42AM

Chalong Police held a special meeting yesterday (Sept 6) to determine what action to take after receiving the urgent order from Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Teerapol Thipjaroen.

The move to prevent further deadly accidents at the site follows Chalong Mayor Samran Jindaphol yesterday posting videos of the accidents on social media, both which quickly went viral.

The first video shows the collision between a motorbike ridden by a foreign man wearing a helmet colliding into a white sedan exiting Soi Thanuthep by turning right onto Chao Fa East Rd at 10:35pm on Monday (Sept 5).

The second video shows a woman, also wearing a white helmet, colliding with another white sedan, this one a Toyota Vios, at 8.30am on Tuesday. The Vios was performing exactly the same manoeuvre that caused the fatal accident the night before: exiting Soi Thanuthep by turning right onto Chao Fa East Rd.

In response Chalong Police held a joint meeting yesterday with Chalong Municipality councillors and representatives from the Phuket Highways Office.

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“We are considering having traffic lights installed at the intersection,” Chalong Traffic Police Chief Lt Col Suchat Singha told The Phuket News today.

“But before we confirm to do that, we will have a ‘No Right Turn’ sign posted at the exit of Soi Thanuthep as soon as possible and have Traffic Police officers will be posted there to ensure dirvers observe the sign.

“Any drivers found turning right onto Chao Fa East Rd at that intersection will face a fine of up to B1,000,” he said.

“People exiting Soi Thanuthep and wanting to head south on Chao Fa East RD must turn left and head north first and make a U-turn at Soi Koktanode. It is safer,” Col Suchat said.

If further action is needed, police will consider having speed bumps installed on Chao Fa East Rd to slow vehicles down before the intersection, he added.



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Kurt | 09 September 2016 - 14:23:06

Yes Nasa12, you are right. 
But than at least, it is obviously not your fault when the thai ghost rider hits you.
If the ghost rider not care about his life, why should you?
To me it fall's in the thai chapter...Mai Pen Rai.
As simple is that.

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Nasa12 | 08 September 2016 - 14:05:12

Fritz Pinguin @ Then you get all this ghost riders, like they have in Rawai from 1 mosque to Macro.

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Ed Sanders | 08 September 2016 - 12:54:39

All these suggestions, yet everyone knows that none of it will work, as Thais don't follow any rules.  The only rule that will change Thais is the rule of love...the love of money.  Need to hit them where it hurts...and confiscate the vehicle until the fine is paid.  NOt these silly several hundred baht fines...but several thousand, as these violations are taking lives...KILLING PEOPLE!!! But then again, this would imply that the police would have to do forget that fact, forget all ideas.  More deaths...coming up!!!

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Kurt | 08 September 2016 - 12:01:13

Reading all our comments it seems there is no hope for these junctions, unless you have the whole day a police officer in person at these junctions on duty. 

I did learn that solid yellow lines can't be crossed. Is that still so?

Traffic law breakers have nothing to loose on Phuket with the present very low fines/penalties.
Time for thai government to look how they handle this in Singapore. 
Cost nothing, easy to implement and can make a lot of money!
( high fines, + confiscating motorbikes/cars and sell them at auction)

Present on going auction on Phuket seems to do very well.

Phuket authorities can make a lot of money by looking more serious at traffic violators!  That must tickle. :-)

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Fritz Pinguin | 08 September 2016 - 10:07:51

Installing a center barrier won't keep motorbikes from turning right out of the soi. They will just drive on the wrong side of the road until the end of the barrier and then (hopefully) switch to the correct side of the road.

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bigasail33 | 08 September 2016 - 07:52:26

Traffic light's are useless like the ones going to Rawai.Everybody runs the red lights including young farang's on motorbike!

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Kurt | 07 September 2016 - 21:08:27

Previous traffic light system installed at Chalong circle ( was with a very high budget!) never been operational, and silently removed! Was a 6 set 2 way system!! 12 light sets.
So, Chalong still has traffic lights in stock somewhere.
Ok, install them again, without bla bla for a budget.

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Rich 44 | 07 September 2016 - 20:13:04

When they make the "left turn only" onto the road, the traffic lines painted on road should indicate that they must keep to the left and NOT pull out into the right (Fast) side of the road as soon as they make the left turn.
Poor bike driver would probably have run into the side or back of a car pulling all the way to fast lane and hogging both sides as they turn left.

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Nasa12 | 07 September 2016 - 16:02:54

Why does the municipality here in Chalong take away the illegal shop you see on the left   (government Land ) of the picture + the big tree, the last 6 years I have seen about 20 to 25 accidents 3 dead in this intersection + all those I have not seen. So whay municipality in Chalong clean this intersection ? You now how many accident in this place.

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Kurt | 07 September 2016 - 12:52:06

A "no right turn" sign would not help. Thai ignore such a sign in the same way as they ignore "no U-turn" signs.
Speeds bumps have proven not to work, it only fills certain kickback pockets during budget procedures.
A fine of the most B1000? Is this a joke?
Confiscate car and driving license for 3 months ( first time offender). Second time confiscate car and scrap it, and a 3 years ban to drive.

Or, just a suggestion, copy the Singapore system of punishing traffic violators. There it works! Why not on Phuket?
Send Phuket RTP traffic officers to Singapore for a 3 day workshop with their Singaporean colleagues. Will be a eye opener and hopefully a mentality change in traffic law enforcement.

Oh, and yes, that mentioned intersection is not deadly, videos show that the thai drivers are 'deadly'.
Nothing wrong with that intersection.

The 2 yellow center lanes on the photos also speak for themselve. 
Install barriers if no right or left turns are allowed.

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