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Patong Police crack down on street racers

PHUKET: Patong Police have launched a crackdown on street racers, including foreigners speeding on motorbikes, following instructions in Bangkok for police to clamp down on street racing throughout the country.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 28 February 2023, 06:08PM

Officers were stationed throughout Patong after 10pm last night to enforce the crackdown, following orders from Patong Police Chief Col Sujin Nilbadee and Deputy Chiefs Lt Col Somphon Surin and Lt Col Phum Semvoranon, Patong Police announced today (Feb 28).

Coordinating efforts on the street was Patong Traffic Police Chief Lt Col Wutthiwat Liangboonjinda, who tasked Lt Nirun Chaowaiphot to set up a special checkpoint at the bottom of Patong Hill, Patong Police reported.

Patong Police did not clarify how many people were caught speeding dangerously. The crackdown in Patong last night follows the mass motorbike rally by mostly French nationals that overwhelmed the streets of Patong earlier this month.

It also follows the national government last week launching a campaign offering a B3,000 reward to each person who reports street races. 

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Kurt | 01 March 2023 - 10:20:41

Guess the police stations covering the Phuket Town areas were youth openly en mass street race doesn't have the manpower to handle it. So, they convinient remain sitting in the station. Safety first, right? Other option: The racing youth gangs pay RTP to leave them alone at racing times. Indeed it's well know what is going on, right? So?

JohnC | 01 March 2023 - 09:25:20

If you want to catch street racers then forget Patong and concentrate on places in Phuket Town like Sapan Hin and Khao Rang, well known as hang outs for gangs of teens causing trouble on their modified bikes. Once again tourists or foreigners are being blamed for what is predominantly a problem caused mostly by locals.

maverick | 01 March 2023 - 08:57:09

So how exactly do they stop street races ? Spiked chain across the road LMAO

Capricornball | 28 February 2023 - 21:37:59

I hope the Kamala Police will also crackdown on these dangerous morons (oh wait, silly me, I forgot that Kamala Police don't do anything about anything). Every afternoon and evening, these drunk french tourists leave Surin after drinking and smoking weed all day, then they fly along at reckless speeds. Many stop at Cafe del Mar and slam a few more drinks before racing off. Dangerous fools.

Fascinated | 28 February 2023 - 19:16:52

A shame kamala kops don't get off their backsides. There's  a young farang been using the main drag in kamala as a racetrack all day, racing between the lights- must have been doing 150 kph at one point. Of course no helmet, shirt or proper footwear on a big bike- one hopes karma will ensue without him injuring others.


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