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Phuket’s red light cameras now in operation

PHUKET: Red light cameras at five of the island’s main traffic junctions were put into operation yesterday to catch drivers who break traffic laws.

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Friday 17 February 2017, 12:22PM


At 10am yesterday (Feb16) at Phuket City Police Station, Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan together with the commander of the Phuket Provincial Police Maj Gen Teeraphol Thipjaroen and Vice President of the Phuket branch of the Thai Road Safety Network Mr Wiwat Sritamanot joined a press conference to launch the red light cameras provided by the Safer Roads Foundation.

Gov Chockchai said, “We want drivers to change their driving habits and reduce the amount of drivers who break traffic laws. This is especially the case when it comes to motorcycle riders not wearing helmets. We want to make Phuket 100% helmet wearing.

“Moreover, the new red light cameras will also be part of out Phuket Smart City campaign,” he said.

“In six months time we will also have technology which will allow us to check vehicle licence plates and driver’s faces as they pass through the Phuket Checkpoint. We are also to receive a budget of B131 million to help us expand Phuket Checkpoint to eight lanes and this will be finished in October,” he said.

Maj Gen Teerapol added, “Between 1997-2007 there were approximately 200 people dying on Phuket’s roads per year, and the number of road injuries was 4,952.55 per 100,000 of the population.

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“Between 2008-2015 the number of deaths was reduced to around 100 per year,” he said.

“Running red lights is the main cause of accidents, but unfortunately there are not enough police officers to catch all of the law breakers so we want to reduce accidents by using these red light cameras we received from the Safer Road Foundation,” he added.

The junctions where the red light cameras have been installed are: Khao Lan on Thepkrasattri Rd in Srisoonthorn, Chao Fa Tawan Tok – Khwang Rd in Wichit, Sri Gor in Kathu, Kamala and Gormaratat in Phuket Town.

Please see The Phuket News’ front page story from September 2016 regarding the installation of the red light cameras here.

 

 

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Eagle | 19 February 2017 - 10:48:07

Kurt,where should ematt join you? At your Encounter Group meeting?

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Timothy | 19 February 2017 - 09:42:29

ematt, this is the first time you have ever said anything sensible in a comment....I mean the first two words of your comment anyway. The rest is nonsense, as usual. 

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Jome | 18 February 2017 - 20:33:32

@ematt:You are right.It is an insult to the developed world to make decision without consulting experts like Kurt.

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Kurt | 18 February 2017 - 16:52:31

@ ematt:  You did forget a few names! Read all comments first, and join us!   :-)

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ematt | 18 February 2017 - 11:55:11

Stupid Thais!  I don't understand -  why do they make these decisions  without checking with Kurt, Ben, and Rorii first?

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Kurt | 18 February 2017 - 11:50:37

There are enough police officers on Phuket. 
It is just police job priority setting that has to be adjusted.
But....? Who starts to do it?
Some one has to 'order' it.

Police priorities on Phuket are well known.

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skip | 18 February 2017 - 03:36:38

if they cant spot elephants passing through the checkpoint, 8 lanes wont make a difference. as Discover Thainess says, the elephants were wearing sunglasses. As far as the red light cameras go, their dreams of making a fortune from fines is what it is, a "pipedream".  Phuket is "broken" and cant be fixed under the current regime which is based on corruption.131 million baht could be better spent elsewhere but that will never happen. Culture, religion, politics and corruption are a terrible combination when used to govern an island whose economy is based on tourism. Phukets tourism industry can only recover when it is brought to its knees financially. that day is fast approaching and the commercial indicators are becoming more evident. its a comedy club special reading the weekily ideas and plans to fix things in phuket. still, regardless of the incompetent governing and blatant corruption its a fun place to live.

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Rorii | 17 February 2017 - 17:27:51

I put these in the same category as those speed cameras, on the bypass road, you remember them, they are in an 80kph zone, but were set at 100kph, then at 120kph, the reason given, they were catching too many drivers.... this was after they actually got them working, I believe they have since failed again, no mention of repairs, I suspect the same will happen with these red light cameras, but hey, someone gets their money first, who cares if they fail after that, the governor never seems to care. Some one should be held accountable for the waste of money.

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Asterix | 17 February 2017 - 16:00:18

Police should be using mobile speed cameras to catch all wrongdoers with Police Squads roaming all Phuket roads with fixed cameras on their helmets, motorcycles or cars.
It will be cheaper and more effective to reduce accidents and thefts.

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Discover Thainess | 17 February 2017 - 15:52:51

Absolute nonsense in this article - facial recognition software can be confused by glasses, make up and even different hair styles, it's never going to work with 95% of crash helmets on. Might actually encourage crash helmet use of course, but as Ben says, along with Tsunami warning system, and traffic lights and other new infrastructure, it won't work for long anyway. Business as usual then !

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