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Phuket ghostriders in the spotlight

PHUKET: Motorbike “ghostriders” – motorbike riders who drive against the flow of traffic – are to be targeted after it was revealed the act results in some 100 injuries each year in just one area in Phuket alone.

By Chutharat Plerin

Thursday 8 February 2018, 04:15PM

Accidents caused by ‘ghostriders’ are being targeted in the latest push to improve road safety in Phuket. Photo: Phuket Traffic Line Group

Accidents caused by ‘ghostriders’ are being targeted in the latest push to improve road safety in Phuket. Photo: Phuket Traffic Line Group

The Vice President of road-safety organisation “Road Safety Thai” and the Tha Chatchai Police announced the news following discussions on a public Line group between police, local government officials, road-safety campaigners and members of the public regarding the number of accidents occurring due to ghostriding.

However, for now, the target area will be focused on Srisoonthorn, where most ghostriding accidents in Phuket occur.

Dr Wiwat Seetamanotch, Vice President of the Road Safety Thai Phuket office, said, “Most accidents are caused by ghostriding. Traffic Police have continuously warned about this act, but drivers continue to do it.”

Lt Col Sadit Boonnongseang, Chief Inspector and Deputy Superintendent of the Tha Chatchai Police, added, “The most recent ghostriding incident took place at 10am on Feb 5, when two motorbikes were involved in an accident on Thepkrasattri Rd southbound.

“A 38-year-old male ghostrider died (later at Thalang Hospital) as a result of the accident. A 39-year-old female rider and a boy suffered injuries. They are still in hospital,” he said.

Dr Wiwat added, “The two-kilometre stretch of road in front of Baan Manik village in Srisoonthorn saw six deaths and 206 injuries in 2015, eight deaths and 163 injuries in 2016, and four deaths and 116 injuries in 2017.

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“Over the three years that means there have been a total of 18 deaths and 485 injuries (in that one area).

“These number show that Baan Manik village is a danger hotspot in Phuket. This is a busy road with a lot of traffic and where a lot of accidents occur.

“Now we want to propose that Srisoonthorn Rd be designed to be safer,” Dr Wiwat said.

“However, I also want to repeat to motorists that driving while disqualified can result in a prison term of up to three months. From now on those found driving when disqualified will not just pay a fine at the police station, they will go to face a judge. In addition, their vehicles will be seized by the public prosecutor,” he added.

The move to reduce specifically target ghostriders to reduce the nuber of accidents in Phuket comes after 41 people died and 2,813 people were injured in road accidents nationwide in the 24 hours just for yesterday (Feb 7).

So far this year 1,773 have been killed and a further 106,338 people injured on Thailand’s roads since the year began, reports the Thai Road Safety Centre (ThaiRSC, click here.)



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aussie1 | 10 February 2018 - 15:28:12

Locally at Namsom, when a see a ghost rider, I will keep left and stop, then indicate to them the correct side of the road.
Sometimes unhappy but usually they smile because they know its wrong.

CaptainJack69 | 09 February 2018 - 18:52:22

In some places (where they actually take road safety seriously) even after someone dies, if they are found to have caused the collision through this kind of blatant negligence and selfishness then their families are actually forced to pay their fines in their place.

That would work well here since people don't care about the police, but do take "losing face" VERY seriously.

Kurt | 09 February 2018 - 18:37:36

We don't need lazy traffic police for 'continuously warning' ghost riders.
We need active traffic police to stop them, fine them, take the motorbike for 2 weeks in custody. Things like that.
All that police bla bla, good for nothing.
Is that why there is traffic police for?

BenPendejo | 09 February 2018 - 15:46:28

Ghost-riding is a chronic national problem, just like speeding, driving with no lights, cutting every corner possible, etc. These deadly practices stem from having "0" law enforcement, which has taught locals that you need not follow the law, you simply do whatever you want and never suffer any consequences (except the occasional serious/fatal accident that only happens to "other&qu...

malczx7r | 09 February 2018 - 14:37:12

"Traffic Police have continuously warned about this act, but drivers continue to do it.” Of course they do, because you don't do anything about it an they know that so there's no fear for them, it's no use continuously warning them, do the job you are paid for and fine them! It's hardly rocket science.  I followed 2 police on bikes last week, ghost riders going past them and...

MartinK | 09 February 2018 - 06:45:30

Good plan and good that action is being taken.  Perhaps a very late start but a start anyway.

Sir Burr | 08 February 2018 - 19:32:49

Forcing riders to travel kilometres to do a U-turn due to all the central dividers constructed, instead of only 100 metres to their destination, makes ghost-riding almost sensible. If they could turn right, by making more gaps,this would definitely cut down on the number of "ghost-riders"....

Concernd | 08 February 2018 - 18:58:44

It’s about time that they intent do something against these dangerous uneducated traffic law ignoring motorists. Worry every day when seeing ghost riders approaching...

BosysurfNaiHarn | 08 February 2018 - 17:07:10

Rawai: Soi Madsayid and Viset rd intersection near entrance to the Bang Khon Thi mosque...??? This part of Viset gets very dangerous with ghost riders...both sides of Viset...

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