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Rawai targets criminals, rogue drivers with B17mn CCTV camera project

Rawai targets criminals, rogue drivers with B17mn CCTV camera project

PHUKET: The mayor of Rawai on Tuesday (June 11) revealed a B17 million plan to install new high quality CCTV cameras within the subdistrict this month, with the aim of making the area safer from criminals and road accidents.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 13 June 2019, 11:37AM

New CCTV and Licence Plate Recognition cameras will be installed in Rawai subdistrict this year. Photo: Pornchai Kittiwongsakul / AFP

New CCTV and Licence Plate Recognition cameras will be installed in Rawai subdistrict this year. Photo: Pornchai Kittiwongsakul / AFP

The mayor also announced plans to install licence plate recognition (LPR) cameras later in the year.

“The 65 CCTV cameras are expected to be completely installed and the control room system up and running within this month, helping to monitor any incidents that might occur in the area and to track down criminals from nearby areas such as Chalong, Kata, Karon and others that may have escaped into Rawai District,” Mayor Aroon Solos told The Phuket News.

“The project has required a budget of B17mn to install the new cameras, replacing old cameras that have been used for more than 10 years.”

The mayor also urged people using the new Chalong underpass to drive carefully and to comply with traffic regulations for their safety.

“The response from locals after opening the underpass has been positive as it helps to reduce traffic congestion,” he said.

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“However, I want to stress the importance of driving carefully and following traffic laws strictly when using the tunnel due its length, the two opposing lanes, and the meanders.

“Most importantly, the speed limit is only 50km/h.”

Mayor Solos told The Phuket News that he has discussed plans to install cameras in and around the underpass with Chalong Police.

“To make the underpass safer, we have spoken with Chalong Police about installing cameras at Chalong Circle and in the underpass to monitor vehicle activity. The next step is to install LPR cameras. We expect these to be installed within this year,” he added.

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Kurt | 14 June 2019 - 14:29:33

Camera systems are fine, but you have to watch them 24 hours a day in control centres like they do in smart countries, and have highway patrol cars stand by to catch immediately the traffic law culprits. Fine them 5000 thb and confiscate their driving license, if they have any!

Kurt | 14 June 2019 - 14:01:18

Yup, real sufficient  big speed bumps that can make they not drive faster than 50kmh in order to avoid damage to cars, trucks and busses.
But,...real speed bumps, not for Officials profitable nonsense speed bumps, as some areas on Phuket are specialised in.

zib | 13 June 2019 - 22:19:47

Just install speed bumps in the underpass and no one can drive over 50. Do the same on rawai beach road.

Fascinated | 13 June 2019 - 11:52:16

how many cameras have we senn being installed over the years (and how many of those announced were ACTUALLY installed?)- I have lost count. It's a massivve (and ineffectual) money spinner. Anyone remember the traffic cameras that were installed at great expense but no one budgeted for the ticket? Just another pocket filling scam at b260k a cam.

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