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Four dead in Phuket’s ‘Seven Days of Danger’

PHUKET: The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM-Phuket) has reported today (Apr 18) that Phuket suffered four road deaths during the Songkran Festival’s “Seven Days of Danger” road-safety campaign.


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Tuesday 18 April 2017, 04:40PM


Two people in this car survived a high-speed impact into a power pole on Saturday (Apr 15).
Two people in this car survived a high-speed impact into a power pole on Saturday (Apr 15).

The Songkran Festival’s “Seven Days of Danger” road-safety campaign ran from midnight last Thursday (Apr 11) through until midnight Monday night (Apr 17).

The day seven casualty report (for yesterday) brings the total number of people injured in road accidents since the campaign began to 70 in 67 accidents.

The report stated that 29 of the accidents were in Muang District, which encompasses Phuket Town, Kata-Karon, Wichit, Chalong, Rawai and Nai Harn; 17 were in Kathu District, which includes Patong; and the remaining 21 accidents were in Thalang District, which covers the northern half of the island.

The total number of people fined and arrested throughout the Seven Days of Danger were;

  • 5,628 people fined for not wearing helmets

  • 185 fined for reckless/dangerous driving

  • 665 fined for not wearing a seat belt

  • 3,075 fined for driving without a licence

  • 322 fined for speeding

  • 245 fined for running a red light

  • 342 fined for ghost driving (driving opposite traffic flow)

  • 166 fined for dangerously cutting off other motorists in traffic

  • 282 fined for using mobile phones while driving

  • 267 arrested for drunk driving

 

 

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Jor12 | 20 April 2017 - 18:44:42

benvenuto...consider a driver is stung by a bee whilst driving then panics and collides with a tree. By your definition of an accident it's nobody's fault or an "act of god." It is also a statement of fact and is the fault of the driver for driving in the first place. How then can it be accident and not a collision? 

Rorii...its clear from your comments, that you don't understand much anyway. The stats are easily verifiable if you are that concerned, so its spurious of you to state otherwise. It's like the other clowns on here who dispute visitor numbers from flights. 

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Rorii | 20 April 2017 - 10:10:21

I don't understand the "stats" 185 fined for reckless/dangerous driving, but then we have 322for speeding, 245 running a red light, 342 for ghost riding, 166 for dangerously cutting off other motorists, 282 for using mobile phones while driving and get this267 for drunk driving, are all these not reckless or dangerous, perhaps, as I suspect, phantom figures, used to impress, and appear that the Thai police were doing their duty.

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benvenuto | 20 April 2017 - 00:13:00

Eagle ...the word accident conjures up the idea that it's nobody's fault, unforseeable and something like `an act of God.' A collision is a statement of fact and invariably is somebody's fault. 
Re speeding /alcohol, I was trying to say only 5% of the fines were for speeding & drink driving which are offences that do cause collisions. This Road Safety campaign has focussed on offences that don't cause collisons and so will have little impact (sorry !!) in improving road safety.   
  

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Jor12 | 19 April 2017 - 18:00:41

BenPendejo/malczx7r ... if you're not in favour of a police state or dislike Police work, then you are quite entitled to lay the charges yourself. 

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benvenuto | 19 April 2017 - 00:42:50

The 3 major offences listed i.e. no helmet, no seatbelt & no licence do not cause collisions but they represent 84% of the fines.(Collisions are hardly ever accidents so it's curious we still refer to them as accidents). Speeding and alcohol are primary causes of collisions but apparently not in Phuket, being only 5% of the total. How would that road safety focus compare with other countries currently ranked higher than second worst in the world?   
Also interesting to know if the auditor-general looks at these figures and calculates how much revenue should end up in the government coffers....maybe 4 million ??? Maybe not. 

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BenPendejo | 18 April 2017 - 21:48:55

Come on Joe12...the Changs must be wearing you down.  You make it sound like the number of reported incidents was something impressive.  I'm asserting that the numbers are crap and generated by a bunch of deadbeat cops standing around checkpoints and intersection picking and choosing what they want to act on.  Hardly what one would expect out of a "get tough on road safety" campaign for the worlds #2 most deadly country to drive in.  And what would you recommend Joey...that I jot down every a-hole minivan and taxi driver's license plate number, then go into the station and sit down with the chief and fill him in on the stupid crap these people do???  Yeah...that'll work out pretty good, I'm sure. 

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malczx7r | 18 April 2017 - 21:02:57

Jor 12, yeh let's report it, you have to give your phone number address all your details then 2-3 days later you wind up committing "suicide", I've got a dash cam, could give the police hours of crazy driving footage, but I'm just a farang, so they don't care!

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Jome | 18 April 2017 - 18:58:09

Look at the numbers.........
According WHO data Thailand has 24524 road fatalities per year...
thats 66.5 per day...or 466 per week(7days)....
Songkran 2017 was 390......
The average Songkran since 2008 is 353......
So what this fuss about Songkran 7 days of danger......every other week or day is much more dangerous......This is amazing Thailand

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Jor12 | 18 April 2017 - 17:43:52

BenPendejo ... strange comment...given the number of reported incidents, but then again nothing is strange from PN commentators. If you view all these horrendous traffic infringements, why aren't you doing your civic duty and reporting it? instead of whinging on here. Clearly you want hordes of Police on every street corner which is not going to happen or solve your problem. 

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BenPendejo | 18 April 2017 - 17:22:43

It is daunting to think what could actually be accomplished if Phuket had a "REAL" police force that was actually out travelling the streets and roads and pulling people over for doing all the stupid and reckless stuff we all see every time we leave the house. To think that only 185 people were fined for reckless/dangerous driving is laughable (about 26/day).  I could easily find 26 reckless/dangerous idiot minivan drivers just driving from one end of Patong to the other.

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