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Phuket reports zero deaths in first day of Seven Days of Danger

PHUKET: Phuket has escaped the first day of Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign for the New Year with zero deaths from midnight to midnight yesterday (Dec 27).

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By The Phuket News

Friday 28 December 2018, 12:24PM


A truck whose driver lost control on a bend on Thepkrasattri Rd in Srisoonthorn and wiped out a streetlight on Wednesday (Dec 26) occurred before the Seven Days campaign for the New Year began. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

A truck whose driver lost control on a bend on Thepkrasattri Rd in Srisoonthorn and wiped out a streetlight on Wednesday (Dec 26) occurred before the Seven Days campaign for the New Year began. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

However, five people were injured in five accidents, the Phuket office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation DDPM-Phuket) reported this morning.

Meanwhile, Phuket police reported issuing 987 fines for moving violations during the 24-hour period, as follows:

• 30 fined for operating an unsafe/illegally modified motorcycle

• 60 fined for not wearing seatbelts

• 276 fined for driving without a licence

• 0 fined for speeding

• 66 fined for running a red light

• 51 fined for ghost driving (driving opposite traffic flow)

• 36 fined for dangerously cutting off other motorists in traffic

• 33 fined for using mobile phones while driving.

• 13 people were arrested for drunk driving during the period.

• 422 people fined for not wearing helmets

Across Thailand, a total of 76 people were killed and 3,587 injured on the first of the Seven Days of Danger yesterday, according to the website for the national road-safety agency ThaiRSC.

Bangkok recorded the highest injured number in accidents with 340 people while Khon Kaen, Phitsanulok and Lopburi province had a nation-leading four deaths on Thursday (Dec 27).

Officials have not set a “target” for this year’s campaign. As it stands “just less” than the previous three New Year holiday periods will do, Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana told a provincial road-safety council in the run up to the Seven Days campaign.

Phuket suffered two deaths and 46 people injured in 46 accidents during the seven-day period for New Year 2018, compared with two people killed and 81 injured during the holiday period for New Year 2017.

Both those years pale in comparison to new Year 2016, when seven people in Phuket were killed and 75 others received hospital treatment for injuries sustained in road accidents.

The launch of this year’s campaign, which comes under the banner “Driving with kindness. Maintaining traffic discipline”, comes after a week of horrific accidents on the island, and a major wipeout just a few kilometres north of the bridges off Phuket, where a minivan carrying two Indian tourists to Phuket International Airport was taken out broadside by a BMW sedan.

 

 

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Kurt | 29 December 2018 - 09:33:25

.....  Yup, no tickets for speeding. Simply because the Phuket RTP never, never checks on speeding. No enforcement at all.  Zero!

DeKaaskopp | 28 December 2018 - 17:18:06

Yes K,dozens of road blocks daily,24 hours,365 days a year. That would be perfect. Living in a totally controlled police state would be the perfect paradise for some people.

Kurt | 28 December 2018 - 16:00:11

Compare RTP reports over the years. It is all so childish. What ever happened has nothing to do with (non) functioning of RTP. What is RTP trying to come over with to the thinking/analysing public? 

Rorri_2 | 28 December 2018 - 15:12:29

"0 fined for speeding," now we know the figures are BS.

Kurt | 28 December 2018 - 15:01:54

Wow, the record  list shows what is so very wrong on Phuket Island. ...The absence of normal daily 365 days RTP work! Just read the list. RTP actually good in self harm by publishing all this. And they even don't realise it. TIT. A lot of work to do when the 7 days are over.  Work?? Nooo, we rest until Songkran. The crazy idea that we do this 'work' 365 days a year. Are you crazy? Pfff...

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