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Police clampdown on underpass speeding nets 60, top flight hits 167km/h

PHUKET: A record 60 drivers have been fined for speeding on the bypass road near the Darasamut Underpass, with one motorbike rider clocking a top speed of 167km/h.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 30 August 2018, 01:31PM

However, the speeding motorcyclist was not fined because the cameras are set to catch vehicles from front on only – meaning that the licence plates on any motorbikes speeding are not caught on camera.

The 60 drivers caught speeding on the section of road past the Big C shopping centre, where motorists exit and enter the underpass, is a record for August, Capt Siripong Suriyan of the Wichit Traffic Police told The Phuket News today (Aug 30).

“Because this is a municipal area, by law the speed limit is 80km/h,” he said.

“We know most drivers love to drive faster than the speed limit, but if we catch them with our cameras they will have the consequences of naughty drivers,” he added.

The cameras connect to a system that can identify the licence plate of a vehicle and then search the Phuket Land of Transport Office (PLTO) database, with the fine sent automatically to the registered owner of the vehicle, Capt Siripong explained.

“We set up the cameras at different locations throughout Wichit every month,” Capt Siripong said, adding, “There are only two cameras, which we must share with other police stations.”

Capt Siripong pointed out, “All 60 fined (in August) were drivers of cars or pickup trucks, not motorbikes.”

He explained that no motorbikes were caught speeding because his officers set up the cameras to catch motorists from front on only.

“We don’t set up the cameras to catch motorists travelling north towards Samkong because they don’t tend to speed much,” he said, though his officers do set up the cameras to catch motorists front on as they exit the underpass.

“And we don’t set up the cameras to catch motorists from behind as they head southbound into the underpass because it is too difficult to turn the camera around and set up the system,” he added.

“Honestly, if motorists just follow the traffic rules, they would not get into trouble or be fined at all. Following the traffic rules protects their lives and the lives of others,” Capt Siripong said.



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Rorri_2 | 02 September 2018 - 11:28:34

mal, probably the same thing that happened to the speed cameras, I think they were on the bypass road, that were adjusted to 120kph, in an 80 zone, because they were catching too many motorists.... I guess left to fail, and forgotten.

Bloody hell, 6 attempts to do the Captcha... come on PN, what goes on.

Kurt | 01 September 2018 - 19:20:24

Are the 6 multi million costing automatic fine making bill road cams still switched off because the police is to lazy to handle the fine mailings?
Oh wait, about 60% of the thai living/working on Phuket are not registered ( no address available)on Phuket like all obedient foreigners are ( 3 month reports at Immigration). Not a national security threat?

malczx7r | 01 September 2018 - 13:22:54

Whatever happened to the automatic cameras that were turned off due to not being able to afford to print tickets?  If Phuket has so many tourists, where is all the money going, 2 cameras?  Maybe if the police collected fines they'd have money available to buy more, or are they collecting but not putting it in the coffers? Not stopping illegal bikes through underpass, too lazy to do their job!

Rorri_2 | 01 September 2018 - 11:42:17

Why not have cops, a little further down the road, to pick up speeding vehicles... including bikes...nah. too hard..

Timothy | 01 September 2018 - 09:45:30

MJJA, on the bright side. At least they will be able to see the licence plates of all the ghost riding motorbikes : )

MartinK | 01 September 2018 - 02:13:50

Everything about this story is phenomenal, a complete hoot. Only two cameras, only front ends, to difficult to turn cameras on a tripod around, motos going 167k, nothing about illegal for motos ... just all too much. No need for a comedian we have the BIB

MJJA | 30 August 2018 - 19:04:42

"...the cameras are set to catch vehicles from front on only – meaning that the licence plates on any motorbikes speeding are not caught on camera"  Brilliant!  Now motorbikes don't have to worry about speeding through the underpass, bedsides illegally riding through the underpass.
 Amazing Thailand! 

Kurt | 30 August 2018 - 18:09:28

Are these police officers not aware of the fact than motorbikes are not allowed to drive through underpasses, whatever their speed is? 
Phuket police officers, hope in daily law wise situations. Who is telling these robots that you not need speed cameras to stop traffic violating motorbikes in underpasses? Poor Phuket.

Galong | 30 August 2018 - 16:27:32

Oh for Christ's sake! Motorbikes aren't allowed in the underpass. If you can't give them tickets for obvious speeding, give them tickets for illegally driving through an underpass. Do let us know your reasoning for not doing this though. I'm sure you're explanation will be very logical.

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