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Phuket suffers first deaths of Seven Days campaign for New Year 2019

Phuket suffers first deaths of Seven Days campaign for New Year 2019

PHUKET: Phuket has marked its first two deaths of the Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign for New Year 2019.

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By The Phuket News

Sunday 30 December 2018, 02:32PM


A rescue worker attends the scene of a heavy head-on collision of a passenger van and a pickup truck on Phra Phuket Rd in Kathu yesterday (Dec 29). Photo: Tourist Police

A rescue worker attends the scene of a heavy head-on collision of a passenger van and a pickup truck on Phra Phuket Rd in Kathu yesterday (Dec 29). Photo: Tourist Police

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.

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Pascale | 03 January 2019 - 09:34:30

Driving around Phuket in search of roadblocks to record them on dash cams.Are any findings published worldwide again ? Life on Phuket must be very boring for some.

Jor12 | 02 January 2019 - 11:35:28

"two accidents each in Muang District, Thalang District and Kathu District." so, if 2 accidents were reported in each of those areas,  clearly the Ambo's either went to private residential homes or businesses or to buy their lunch, or are you saying that Ambos are just there to attend motor accidents?

Kurt | 02 January 2019 - 08:06:43

During these 7 'road tent days', just seen 'officials' sitting, bored, sometimes even head down and dozing. If not dozing, just eating. Check points? A joke. Hardly activity during last Sunday and Monday. Recorded by my dash cams. Are the 3 Phuket Governors not making unannounced rounds over Phuket to inspect the functioning of the 'tent check point' ?  If not, why not?

Fascinated | 31 December 2018 - 11:58:43

6 accidents 'reported'- therein stands the rub. The Kamala ambo alone was out 4 times yesterday. There are lies, damn lies and 'statistics'.

Kurt | 31 December 2018 - 10:55:10

Inspected 4688. During just 24 hours. Result? 1189 culprits. Almost 25 %! And that while people know there are 7 days extra police attention. 
Al over Thailand this year the road toll is going to take more lives than last year.
Is this not a proof that RTP all over Thailand is not functioning? In Thailand there are 365 days of danger. Right?

Nasa12 | 31 December 2018 - 08:02:21

Very sorry, but the 14 year old boy was supposed to never take that turn, 14 years and running motorcycle ?. On this island there is absolutely no one who has respect for the laws and rules (maniac island).

Shwe | 31 December 2018 - 07:21:23

Patarapon Sakkeaw, just 14 years old, so no driving license and probably no insurance. Good job no one else was involved, parents should be charged  for allowing a child to ride a motorcycle at that age,

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