Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: The Phuket authorities’ goal to keep the road toll this year under the four deaths of last year suffered a severe setback when three men died in motorcycle accidents on Thursday night – the first night of this year’s 'Seven Days of Danger' road safety campaign.

Polish national Pawel Jack Gilman, 37, died after the limited edition Liverpool FC Honda Scoopy motorbike he was riding slammed into a barrier on the curvy section of Wichit Songkram Road that runs over the hills between Kathu and the Central Festival intersection.

Mr Gilman was riding toward Phuket Town when the accident happened.

A helmet was not found at the scene.

Tung Tong Police told the Phuket Gazette that the section of road had claimed many lives over the years.

“Two Thai men, both drunk, died in motorbike accidents in the same area last month. Both accidents were at about 3am,” said one officer.

At night there is very little traffic on the road, which encourages some people to drive faster along that section of it, he said.

Following the death of Mr Gilman, police have now posted large signs on the sharpest curves to warn motorists.

The signs are marked in Thai with the word kohng, meaning “curve”, in large red letters.

Tung Tong Police Duty Officer Lt Col Chana Suttimard told the Gazette that the Polish Embassy in Bangkok had been notified of the death.

Mr Gilman’s was not the first accident as the Seven Days of Danger campaign got underway, however.

Adirak Tongdee, 30, was rushed to Vachira Hospital Phuket in Phuket Town after the motorbike he was riding slammed into a parked six-wheeled truck near Tesco Lotus on the bypass road at about 10pm.

Mr Adirak died of his injuries at about 7pm yesterday.

It is believed Mr Adirak was drunk while driving.

Another Phuket motorist, 40-year-old Manas Sae-ueng, also suffered severe injuries in an accident on Thursday.

He died from his injuries at about 3pm yesterday.

As the Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign continues, police will continue to monitor checkpoints set up all over the island and pull over vehicles for a variety of suspected infractions, including drunk driving.

According to preliminary reports, 15 accidents were reported on the first day, with 18 people suffering injuries. Most were in Muang District (13), followed by Kathu (4) and Thalang (1).

Among those injured was 36-year-old Frenchman Jerome Berna who, following a motorcycle accident at 10pm, faces charges of drunk driving and failure to wear a helmet.
– Atchaa Khamlo

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In all my years in Phuket I have never been stopped and breathalyzed or seen anyone else? I suspect the checks will be the normal helmet and license checks (even if the vehicle is not road worthy and the driver likewise). All the best for a safe new year.

Posted by phuket parad1se December 31, 2011 02:00:16PM

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Yes, they do breathalyzers. It's a money maker if they find alcohol on your breath. Stay off the roads for the next week. The traffic is horrendous; the cops are out (bonus time); and everyone is drunk.

Posted by Pinot December 31, 2011 06:04:56PM

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Mmmm, the sign appears to be on the curve, not before it. So much for their ability to "warn" motorists. Besides, it is a very good section of road, but, as usual, no one respects the speed limit which I believe is either 50 or 60. OH, anyone notice in the photo that at least 2 people on bikes are not wearing a helmet?

Posted by Laurie Howells January 1, 2012 08:43:33AM

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"Pawel Gilman was riding a limited edition Liverpool Honda Scoopy when the fatal accident happened" which makes it all the more tragic. PG really needs a reporter who went to journalism school.

Posted by ziggy January 1, 2012 09:34:20AM

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"Pawel Gilman was riding a limited edition Liverpool Honda Scoopy when the fatal accident happened" which makes it all the more tragic. PG really needs a reporter who went to journalism school.

Posted by ziggy

Clearly, in your case, what PG needs is a reader who can actually read. Nowhere in the story does it say or suggest that the accident was in any way "more tragic" because the man was riding a limited edition Liverpool Honda Scoopy. The warped inference is entirely your own.

Posted by Kat January 1, 2012 01:03:01PM

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It really surprises me still, that westerners still fail to wear helmets. Even putting their children at risk without a safety helmet! Is it just bravado, or do they just believe they are invincible?

Posted by Mois January 1, 2012 03:04:15PM

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It really surprises me still, that westerners still fail to wear helmets. Even putting their children at risk without a safety helmet! Is it just bravado, or do they just believe they are invincible?

Posted by Mois

I would guess that in the vast majority of cases it's the second.

Posted by PG Reader January 1, 2012 04:23:18PM

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It really surprises me still, that westerners still fail to wear helmets. Even putting their children at risk without a safety helmet! Is it just bravado, or do they just believe they are invincible?

Posted by Mois

Mois, are you suggesting that ALL Thais wear helmets? I don't know why you only mention westerners. I do not see too many westerners with children riding motorbikes. All who do not wears helmets are fools. Those who go too fast are just plain stupid.

Posted by Laurie Howells January 2, 2012 07:34:38AM

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It really surprises me still, that westerners still fail to wear helmets. Even putting their children at risk without a safety helmet! Is it just bravado, or do they just believe they are invincible?

Posted by Mois

Mois, are you suggesting that ALL Thais wear helmets? I don't know why you only mention westerners. I do not see too many westerners with children riding motorbikes. All who do not wears helmets are fools. Those who go too fast are just plain stupid.

Posted by Laurie Howells January 2, 2012 07:34:38AM

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It really surprises me still, that westerners still fail to wear helmets. Even putting their children at risk without a safety helmet! Is it just bravado, or do they just believe they are invincible?

Posted by Mois

I would guess that in the vast majority of cases it's the second.

Posted by PG Reader January 1, 2012 04:23:18PM

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It really surprises me still, that westerners still fail to wear helmets. Even putting their children at risk without a safety helmet! Is it just bravado, or do they just believe they are invincible?

Posted by Mois January 1, 2012 03:04:15PM

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"Pawel Gilman was riding a limited edition Liverpool Honda Scoopy when the fatal accident happened" which makes it all the more tragic. PG really needs a reporter who went to journalism school.

Posted by ziggy

Clearly, in your case, what PG needs is a reader who can actually read. Nowhere in the story does it say or suggest that the accident was in any way "more tragic" because the man was riding a limited edition Liverpool Honda Scoopy. The warped inference is entirely your own.

Posted by Kat January 1, 2012 01:03:01PM

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"Pawel Gilman was riding a limited edition Liverpool Honda Scoopy when the fatal accident happened" which makes it all the more tragic. PG really needs a reporter who went to journalism school.

Posted by ziggy January 1, 2012 09:34:20AM

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Mmmm, the sign appears to be on the curve, not before it. So much for their ability to "warn" motorists. Besides, it is a very good section of road, but, as usual, no one respects the speed limit which I believe is either 50 or 60. OH, anyone notice in the photo that at least 2 people on bikes are not wearing a helmet?

Posted by Laurie Howells January 1, 2012 08:43:33AM

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Yes, they do breathalyzers. It's a money maker if they find alcohol on your breath. Stay off the roads for the next week. The traffic is horrendous; the cops are out (bonus time); and everyone is drunk.

Posted by Pinot December 31, 2011 06:04:56PM

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In all my years in Phuket I have never been stopped and breathalyzed or seen anyone else? I suspect the checks will be the normal helmet and license checks (even if the vehicle is not road worthy and the driver likewise). All the best for a safe new year.

Posted by phuket parad1se December 31, 2011 02:00:16PM

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