Prapan Kanprasang, chief of the Phuket Provincial Office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM-Phuket) reported the news at the daily briefing of the campaign at Phuket Provincial Hall this morning (Dec 30).
Present to receive the report was Phuket Vice Governor Thanyawat Charnpinit.
Mr Pransang reported that the two deaths came in the third day of the Seven Days campaign, from midnight to midnight yesterday (Saturday, Dec 29).
Six accidents were reported in the 24-hour period, with two accidents each in Muang District, Thalang District and Kathu District.
The accidents resulted in four people injured and two people killed, Mr Prapan said.
Harit Teasakul, 23, died after a single-vehicle motorbike accident in Soi Raiwanich at 2am. Mr Harit was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and suffered heavy head injuries, the DPM reported
Rescue workers attempted to revive Mr Harit but he was pronounced dead on arrival at Vachira Phuket Hospital in Puhket Town.
The other death** was of one-month-old baby Nalinipha Taophet, who was in a white Honda Brio that struck the back of a truck and trailer at speed on Thepkrasattri Rd in Thalang at about 7:30am yesterday (Dec 29). (See story here.)
Of note, there were no deaths reported in the heavy head-on collision of a passenger van and a pickup truck on Phra Phuket Kaew Rd in Kathu yesterday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Phuket police reported inspecting 4,688 vehicles during the 24-hour period for Dec 29, resulting in 1,189 people being fined for traffic violations, with 10 cases resulting in legal prosecution.
The 1,189 fines for moving violations during the 24-hour period for Dec 29, were given as follows:
• 41 fined for operating an unsafe/illegally modified motorcycle
• 104 fined for not wearing seatbelts
• 322 fined for driving without a licence
• 22 fined for speeding
• 54 fined for running a red light
• 49 fined for ghost driving (driving opposite traffic flow)
• 27.fined for dangerously cutting off other motorists in traffic
• 45 fined for using mobile phones while driving.
• 36 people were arrested for drunk driving during the period.
• 489 people fined for not wearing helmets
So far there have been no marine accidents during the Seven Days campaign, Mr Prapan noted.
** CORRECTION: The other fatality was not Patarapon Sakkeaw, 14, as originally reported, Patarapon misjudged a corner and slammed into a wall in Soi Korpai near Saphan Hin at 2:20pm on Saturday, Dec 29. He was taken to Phuket Provincial Hospital in Rassada. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident but as of the time of this correction Patarapon had not died from his injuries. The error by The Phuket News is sincerely regretted.