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Patong Police chief creates LINE group with locals to monitor tourist road users

Patong Police chief creates LINE group with locals to monitor tourist road users

PHUKET: Patong Police have urged Patong locals to report any disruptive behaviour in the area after locals complained about tourists on motorbikes riding fast and making loud noises at night near Malin Plaza in Patong.

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By Waranya Prompinpiras

Friday 8 March 2019, 06:03PM


Patong Police Chief Col Anotai Jindamanee told The Phuket News, At around midnight on Wednesday (Mar 6) I took a group of police officers to monitor the area around Malin Plaza following complaints by locals about a group of tourists riding motorbikes fast and making loud noises.

“We didn’t find anyone acting in this way on the road, however, we found a group of foreigners drinking together at a bar around Malin Plaza so we told them not to make noise when riding away on their motorbikes,” Col Anotai said.

He continued, “We didn’t tell them to not ride but we told them not to rev their engines and to keep the noise down to avoid disturbing people in the area.”

The officers set up a checkpoint near the plaza to monitor road users in the area.

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“We caught and fined tourists who were not wearing a helmet and those who did not have a driving licence,” Col Anotai said.

"Yesterday (Mar 7) a group of local people came to meet me at the police station. I told them that Patong Police are ready to help make Patong peaceful,” he explained. “I asked them to keep a lookout for police and to set up a LINE group that I will be a member of, in order to send information, photos and videos of any disruptive behaviour in Patong.”

After the meeting with the locals, Col Anotai held a meeting with his officers and ordered them to strictly monitor the roads with checkpoints in key areas.

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Kurt | 09 March 2019 - 16:21:42

...  No, there isn't. The RTP doesn't hold thai friends, family, neighbours. Beside of that they have not the manpower at the streets at night to do so. And if,..., Yes, it would overload Line, of course. So they not do that.  "Work' should bring benefits, not making tired.

Kurt | 09 March 2019 - 12:33:42

Ok, in Patong you may drive after a night drinking. But please, drive drunk with a helmet! Lovely safe town.  As they say: " The police is your friend".

BenPendejo | 09 March 2019 - 09:38:31

What a circus, with police being nothing more than ring-leaders.  I love the way Khun Anotai said "...we found a group of foreigners drinking together at a bar around Malin Plaza so we told them not to make noise when riding away on their motorbikes", ...no mention of drinking and riding.  What the police ought to do is set up a DUI checkpoint and snag these idiots for drunk driving.

Rorri_2 | 09 March 2019 - 06:34:52

But hey ""We caught and fined tourists who were not wearing a helmet and those who did not have a driving licence" seems, from the story, they only targeted tourists....

Rorri_2 | 09 March 2019 - 06:33:56

"however, we found a group of foreigners drinking together at a bar around Malin Plaza so we told them not to make noise when riding away on their motorbikes,” 
He continued, “We didn’t tell them to not ride: Col Anotai said" mmm, no warning about drink driving.

zib | 09 March 2019 - 03:04:23

Is there a LINE group to report noisy (illegal muffler) fast riding Thais or would that overload the LINE servers?

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