THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Alcohol test not standard for drivers in serious Phuket accidents

PHUKET: Tha Chatchai Police today confirmed that they do not test drivers involved in serious accidents for alcohol or other substances as standard procedure.

accidentsalcoholpolice
By The Phuket News

Wednesday 9 May 2018, 10:48AM


A bottle of Hong Thong Thai whiskey was found in the cab of the pickup truck at the scene. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

A bottle of Hong Thong Thai whiskey was found in the cab of the pickup truck at the scene. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Instead, they decide whether or not the person is alert and sober enough to have been operating the vehicle.

The news came today (May 9) as Capt Akkara Sivilai of the Tha Chatchai Police confirmed to The Phuket News that Nitthaya Keawkwan, 24, was not charged for drunk driving as she was not tested.

Ms Nitthaya was driving on Thepkrasattri Rd in Mai Khao at 2:50am last Sunday morning (May 6) when her pickup truck flew across the median strip and slammed head-on into a tour bus travelling in the opposite direction. (See story here.)

A bottle of Hong Thong Thai whiskey was found in the cab of her pickup truck and officers at the scene reported that her behaviour had indicated that she was drunk, and that she was to be tested for alcohol at Tha Chatchai Police Station.

However, that did not happen, Capt Akkara confirmed to The Phuket News this morning.

“I don’t know why the report appeared in this way. I did not take her to have the alcohol test at the police station. She did not seem like she was drunk,” Capt Akkara said.

QSI International School Phuket

“Ms Nitthaya was not drunk when I met her at the scene. She told me that she was driving northbound to take her friend home when she dozed off. That is why her pickup truck crossed the road and caused the accident,” he said.

Regardless, Ms Nitthaya has been charged with reckless driving causing damage to property and other persons, Capt Akkara confirmed.

Capt Akkara also confirmed that Ms Nitthaya’s friend who was a passenger in the pickup truck at the time of the accident, did not suffer serious injury.

The friend was rushed to hospital before police arrived at the scene.

“Straight after investigating the scene, we went to the hospital to see her friend. She suffered scratches only,” Capt Akkara confirmed.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Fascinated | 09 May 2018 - 14:03:21

Most competent police forces test all drivers at the scene of an 'accident'as a routine. Oh hang on, I have spotted the flaw in that sentence. How does he know if she wasn't drunk if she wasn't tested? 

I guess the decision as to whether or not the person is 'alert and sober enough to have been operating the vehicle' depends on the offer made at the time. A budding detec...

CaptainJack69 | 09 May 2018 - 12:19:17

Didn't seem drunk?

Well most Thai people don't "seem" insane, until you put them in charge of a motorized vehicle.

It's interesting to see police officially confirming what has often appeared to be the case. Blood alcohol tests should be mandatory in ALL traffic collisions regardless of how the driver "seems".

Kurt | 09 May 2018 - 12:03:07

Why no standard alcohol & drug test for dozed people who cause a accident 
Can not leave this up to a Police Captain
This lady was not alert as she dozed off. Alcohol? yes/no? Whisky in the car. Time of the day. Enough to test
Officers at scene thought she was drunk
Captain at station thought she was not drunk. 
A 'structural' police mess, with room for 'understanding'

Asterix | 09 May 2018 - 11:21:28

Drunkards will be happy to learn that drivers in Phuket will not be tested automatically for alcohol or drug in case of road accident to check if they have more than 0.05mg alcohol.

The law stipulates that all drunk drivers with more than 0.05mg alcohol will lose the right to claim insurance cover for both their vehicle and other vehicles involved in an accident and must pay all expenses.

BenPendejo | 09 May 2018 - 11:10:21

Incredible incompetence and lack of common sense.  So Capt. Akkara has a built-in drunk-o-meter that allows him to determine sobriety just by looking.  This is the kind of nonsense that lets everyone know that drinking and driving is not a huge concern, as it is in every other western society. There really is no disincentive to not get get behind the wheel after drinking all day/night.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phuket Opinion: A question of faith

Well said, as most of us intelligent people know.. however, some choose not to understand the origin...(Read More)


Suvarnabhumi’s new terminal designer set to sue

How can any bid even be accepted never mind win if it doesn't include a price? Also. Corrupti...(Read More)


Ministry backtracks on visa fee waiver plan

Visa waver,...YES.. Visa waver,...NO.. All on the same day. When they start all together thi...(Read More)


Nappy change: Dutch to turn diapers into furniture

A great recycling process. Recycling = making money/good business. When thai follow with recycling ...(Read More)


American tourist in ICU after Krabi rock climbing fall

Wow, talking about mental capacity of commenters? What about your comments regarding drowning victim...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: A question of faith

A great PN Reflection. Now a reality reflection of the festival organisers. Indeed, back to the ro...(Read More)


Over 1,000 arrested in Phuket ‘Operation X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner’ clampdown

I don't care where they are kept right now,as long as they get kicked out asap!...(Read More)


Phuket Robinson launches ‘Lingerie Sharing” project

Very good idea and campaign ! Wouldn't it be a nice gesture if C.S.;K. would donate some of thei...(Read More)


Poor service quality dogs airport ranking

"Hire foreign professionals..."Yep,Kurt ! I would recommend those responsible for the &quo...(Read More)


Similans limited: Tourist quota shakes tour operators

I went scuba diving to the Similans in March 2013 and was shocked about the amount of damage under w...(Read More)


 

Melbourne Cup 2018