Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: Five new high-tech ‘red light cameras’ were launched this morning in response to Phuket's recognition as one of Thailand's five most dangerous provinces for road travel.

“These cameras can help catch those who are speeding, not wearing helmets or running red lights. A computer then automatically prints a penalty notice, which will be sent to the driver's residence,” said Phuket Governor Chokchai Dejarmornthan.

“The main purposes of this is to change bad driving behavior in Phuket and scare people into obeying traffic laws. This is one of the policies to propel Phuket toward Smart City status as well. These will prove to be very helpful and save a lot of time for police officers,” he added.

Governor Chokchai met with Phuket Provincial Police Commander Teeraphol Thipjaroen, Deputy Chair of the so-called 'Thai Road Safety Network (TRSN)' Dr Wiwat Seetamanotch, and other relevant officers at Phuket Provincial Police Station to discuss further details of the project.

“The new CCTV system has been launched in conjunction with the Safer Roads Foundation (SRF). The total budget for the project is 16 million baht,” said Gov Chokchai.

The cameras have been placed at five locations on the island, namely the Khao Lan junction on Thepkrasattri Road; the Chao Fah West and Kwang Road junction; the See Kor (Kathu-Patong Road) junction; the Kamala junction; and the Komaraphat Road junction in Phuket Town.

“The reason for choosing these five spots is that a lot of traffic violations have been reported there over the years. In 2016-2017, Khao Lan junction recorded 43 accidents, 2 deaths and 23 injuries. See Kor junction saw 28 accidents, 1 death and 33 injuries, and the Chao Fah West-Kwang Road junction saw 51 accidents and 46 injuries,” said Gov Chokchai.

The cameras are 'insured' for two years. After that, local authorities will have to set up a budget for their maintenance and upkeep.

According to statistics by the SRF, Thailand has the second-highest number of road accidents and deaths in the world; that is one road accident or casualty every 40 minutes. From 1997 to 2007, Phuket had an average of 200 deaths and 5,000 injuries per year. The number fell to an average of 100 between 2007 and 2016, if the statistics, prepared by Thailand, are to be believed.

According to Dr Wiwat's insights, there are three main factors leading to these fatal crashes: roads, vehicles and drivers (story here).

“Driver attitude is an important factor in overall road safety. Police cannot be chasing down traffic offenders all the time – they have other jobs to do. These new cameras will go a long way toward helping them,” said Gov Chokchai.

The SRF has helped Phuket in several other projects over the years, including construction a round-about at Provincial Hall in December 2015, "drastically" reducing the number of accidents in the area (story here).

Additionally, the foundation has contributed 39 breathalyzers to check for drunk driving on Phuket's roads (story here).

The SRF is now in the process of undertaking a 3-million-baht project to provide technology to weigh overloaded trucks, and to install signs to help pedestrians cross the road at 97 points throughout the island.
— Kritsada Mueanghawong

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How about correcting the lights on Chaofa East at Sun Palm Villa Chalong where both side roads have arrows in green for ahead and arrows in green for a right turn, giving traffic right of way to crash into each other. Same on Soi Yodsanee Chaofa West. Going forward has right of way, and turning right has right of way at the same time. Both lights just need a simple, round green

Posted by lizardofoz February 16, 2017 06:32:58PM

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16 million baht for 5 cameras? Seriously?

Posted by JamesBond February 16, 2017 06:56:00PM

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'Scare people into obeying traffic laws'? Surely EDUCATION is the way ahead, but I assume something was lost in translation. Any attempt to reduce the number of fatalities has to be seen as a step forward, though. One wonders what the statute of limitations on paying a fine will be, and whether or not people will just ignore the tickets like everything else until the problem goes away. Not much police time will be saved as they clearly don't care much about road safety.

Posted by Mister Ree February 16, 2017 08:00:43PM

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16 million baht for 5 cameras? Seriously?

Posted by JamesBond

Apparently they're actually going to spend it! And not much question about the motivation to do so. This is a very old technology. "A computer automatically prints a penalty notice, which is sent to the driver's residence.” That capability was up and running in Hong Kong in the early 1980s!!!

Posted by Daryl Erwin February 16, 2017 08:19:17PM

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Why do I keep smelling bull sht....?

Posted by ted davis February 16, 2017 09:59:41PM

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How about a plan to stop the taxi and van drivers from painting over their plate numbers with the same green or yellow color as the background ... or using those reflective plastic covers to avoid positive identification? Perhaps citizens can snap a photo and forward to police departments so officers can issue fines from the comfort of their desks. So easy to stop this shifty, slimy and unlawful behavior.

Posted by Heidi Plaite February 16, 2017 10:26:02PM

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How about a plan to stop the taxi and van drivers from painting over their plate numbers with the same green or yellow color as the background ... or using those reflective plastic covers to avoid positive identification? Perhaps citizens can snap a photo and forward to police departments so officers can issue fines from the comfort of their desks. So easy to stop this shifty, slimy and unlawful behavior.

Posted by Heidi Plaite

Great idea of citizens to snap pics. I'm going to do it the next time I see a painted-over plate, which is at least a couple of times every week. What such plates say, of course, is that the owner does have something to hide.

Posted by Martin Hazelwood February 17, 2017 07:37:47AM

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Great, if it works. By the way what if a police officer is photographed doing something wrong, will he face a fine or forgiven for doing his job?

Posted by seht1912 February 17, 2017 12:54:40PM

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Police should be using mobile speed cameras to catch all wrongdoers with Police Squads roaming all Phuket roads with fixed cameras on their helmets. It will be cheaper and more effective to reduce accidents and thefts.

Posted by Asterix February 17, 2017 02:38:00PM

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I was just tailgated by a white minivan driver 2 inches behind my scooter. He overtakes and nearly takes me out on purpose forcing me to swerve slam on the brakes. Then he roles down his window and tries to intimidate me. I voluntarily stop at a police check-point to report it and they want nothing to do with it. Instead they search every part of my body bag like I'm the criminal. Police attitude is the big problem

Posted by Alex Rye February 18, 2017 11:48:36AM

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I was just tailgated by a white minivan driver 2 inches behind my scooter. He overtakes and nearly takes me out on purpose forcing me to swerve slam on the brakes. Then he roles down his window and tries to intimidate me. I voluntarily stop at a police check-point to report it and they want nothing to do with it. Instead they search every part of my body bag like I'm the criminal. Police attitude is the big problem

Posted by Alex Rye February 18, 2017 11:48:36AM

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Police should be using mobile speed cameras to catch all wrongdoers with Police Squads roaming all Phuket roads with fixed cameras on their helmets. It will be cheaper and more effective to reduce accidents and thefts.

Posted by Asterix February 17, 2017 02:38:00PM

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Great, if it works. By the way what if a police officer is photographed doing something wrong, will he face a fine or forgiven for doing his job?

Posted by seht1912 February 17, 2017 12:54:40PM

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How about a plan to stop the taxi and van drivers from painting over their plate numbers with the same green or yellow color as the background ... or using those reflective plastic covers to avoid positive identification? Perhaps citizens can snap a photo and forward to police departments so officers can issue fines from the comfort of their desks. So easy to stop this shifty, slimy and unlawful behavior.

Posted by Heidi Plaite

Great idea of citizens to snap pics. I'm going to do it the next time I see a painted-over plate, which is at least a couple of times every week. What such plates say, of course, is that the owner does have something to hide.

Posted by Martin Hazelwood February 17, 2017 07:37:47AM

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How about a plan to stop the taxi and van drivers from painting over their plate numbers with the same green or yellow color as the background ... or using those reflective plastic covers to avoid positive identification? Perhaps citizens can snap a photo and forward to police departments so officers can issue fines from the comfort of their desks. So easy to stop this shifty, slimy and unlawful behavior.

Posted by Heidi Plaite February 16, 2017 10:26:02PM

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Why do I keep smelling bull sht....?

Posted by ted davis February 16, 2017 09:59:41PM

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16 million baht for 5 cameras? Seriously?

Posted by JamesBond

Apparently they're actually going to spend it! And not much question about the motivation to do so. This is a very old technology. "A computer automatically prints a penalty notice, which is sent to the driver's residence.” That capability was up and running in Hong Kong in the early 1980s!!!

Posted by Daryl Erwin February 16, 2017 08:19:17PM

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'Scare people into obeying traffic laws'? Surely EDUCATION is the way ahead, but I assume something was lost in translation. Any attempt to reduce the number of fatalities has to be seen as a step forward, though. One wonders what the statute of limitations on paying a fine will be, and whether or not people will just ignore the tickets like everything else until the problem goes away. Not much police time will be saved as they clearly don't care much about road safety.

Posted by Mister Ree February 16, 2017 08:00:43PM

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16 million baht for 5 cameras? Seriously?

Posted by JamesBond February 16, 2017 06:56:00PM

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How about correcting the lights on Chaofa East at Sun Palm Villa Chalong where both side roads have arrows in green for ahead and arrows in green for a right turn, giving traffic right of way to crash into each other. Same on Soi Yodsanee Chaofa West. Going forward has right of way, and turning right has right of way at the same time. Both lights just need a simple, round green

Posted by lizardofoz February 16, 2017 06:32:58PM

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