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Phuket van driver slapped with B500 fine for ‘reckless traffic ram’

PHUKET: A Phuket commercial passenger van driver has been fined B500 for crossing the centre line in traffic and ploughing into the side of a pickup truck and then slamming into the side of a car, causing a four-vehicle pile-up in Cherng Talay on Sunday afternoon (Mar 26).

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Tuesday 28 March 2017, 11:06AM

The accident occurred on the Baan Don – Cherng Talay Rd near the traffic lights at the intersection to enter the Laguna resort complex at 2pm, confirmed Lt Col Rassada Kleungwong of the Cherng Talay Police.

CCTV footage of the accident shows that the force of the impact from the van spun the pickup truck sideways and sent the canopy cover from the pickup’s bed onto the road.

The van narrowly missed a motorbike following close behind, but then slammed into the side of a car immediately after passing the motorbike. The motorbike driver could not avoid hitting the now-stopped pickup truck.

Somehow, there were no serious injuries in the accident.

“Only the pickup truck diver and the motorbike driver sustained minor injures,” said Col Rasssada.

There were no passengers in the van at the time of the accident, he added.

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“All drivers were taken to Cherng Talay Police Station for for the statements, and the diver of the van, Rutsalan Jitlang, 25, was charged with reckless driving,” Col Rassada said.

“Mr Rutsalan said he was overtaking a car when he lost control of the vehicle,” he explained.

Rutsalan tested negative for alcohol and has a valid commercial driver’s licence, confirmed Col Rassada.

“Mr Rutsalan was fined B500,” Col Rassada said.

“He is now free to continue driving,” he added.



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Kurt | 29 March 2017 - 12:58:28

Why is a german woman, crossing a red traffic light locked up and wait trial?
Why is this MiniVan driving idiot not locked up and wait trial?
His driving was kamikaze!
Due to his idiotism, people were wounded and there was damage!
Just 500 thb fine, and free to go? That smells corruption with brown envelope work.

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Phuket Corruption | 29 March 2017 - 04:05:51

Thats the same amount Farung pay for not wearing a helmet where B400 goes in the pocket of the police and B100 to the government.

He could have killed someone, Imagine how much a faring would have to pay if he did this?

Shows you how bad the police in Thailand are and how much they simply don't care about road safety.

Maybe he paid more but that but most of it went into the pocket of the police?

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skip | 29 March 2017 - 02:52:51

it is illegal to cross double yellow lines, the reason being it is unsafe to do so. Yellow and white lines painted on the road in phuket are the world biggest waste of paint.In my opinion its a case of dumb and dumber, the drivers and the law enforcers. Let the race begin ! Many local minivan drivers have the "i must be in front" attitude at any cost. 
The result is frequent carnage and mayhem and 500 baht fines will ensure it continues.

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simon01 | 28 March 2017 - 21:06:36

I think the words total joke spring to mind. How can anyone respect the law when this happens and no come back at all for the driver endangering so many lives and no punishment at all. A non Thai with no helmet can get the same fine as this for just being on a bike with no helmet. Not speeding or reckless driving. Then a woman who jumped a red light ( as all  Thai do everyday) and gets 2,000 - 10,000 fine and goes to court. This guy could have killed so many people and caused so much damage due TO HIS BAD DRIVING and get nothing. 500 baht for this is just an insult as it means they are encouraging dangerous drivers and wanting more deaths on the road. Discusting.

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sateeb | 28 March 2017 - 15:04:43

This is pathetic.  Look at the bend this imbecile was overtaking on.  Every day it just goes on and on.  What fine would a farang of got?

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Kurt | 28 March 2017 - 14:35:56

He is free to continue to drive!  This is a thai soap opera thing.
500 thb fine. To idiot even to think such a fine.
But, well, he is in the thai leg of justice.

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marcher | 28 March 2017 - 13:51:45

B500 for this? The same as I got last year for forgetting to wear my helmet. Incredible!

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malczx7r | 28 March 2017 - 12:46:01

500b fine and is free to continue driving, have i got the date wrong, is it April fools day already??

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BenPendejo | 28 March 2017 - 11:49:22

And here lies the idiocy of driving laws in Thailand.  Another stupid ass impatient van driver, overtaking a vehicle 20 meters from a busy and signaled intersection...and does not exercize any caution and causes a big accident.  And the results of being found at fault.... a whopping 500 baht fine, about $15.  This is not even near rational...and would be comical if it wasn't potentially deadly.  Thailand laws are nothing more than farcical.

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