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Crime crackdown launched on Koh Samui to clean up its image

Military and police forces launched a crackdown on dark influential figures on Koh Samui as part of the campaign to put the house in order.

Four suspects were arrested and five guns of unspecified calibres as well as ammunition were seized on the first day of the crackdown, code-named Fa Sarng (Dawn), which focused on five targets in Tambon Bor Phud on Koh Samui.

No details were available about the arrested suspects.

Lt-Gen Piyawat Narkwanich, commander of the Fourth Army Region, said Friday that the clean up operation which was the first of its kind on Koh Samui was necessary because of the widespread drug abuse problem, crimes and dark influence problem.

He said that the crackdown would continue until Koh Samui and neighbouring islands such as Koh Tao and Koh Pha-ngan are rid of dark influence, drug abuse and other crimes which have tarnished the reputation of Thai tourism.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Cambodian officials allow their traders to buy goods from a Thai border market

Local Cambodian officials have eased border crossing restriction by allowing their people to cross into Thailand through Saitaku checkpoint to buy goods and other products from Thai traders at a border market in Ban Kruat district of Buri Ram province.

The temporary reopening of the border followed a meeting on Thursday between local Cambodian officials and local Thai authorities. But only a small number of Cambodian traders visited the Thai market to buy consumer products and other goods.

The closure of the border to prevent Cambodians from crossing the border through Saitaku checkpoint was believed to be a retaliation against the Thai officials' ban against people to cross into Cambodia to gamble at a newly-opened casino in Ampil since April 7.

The ban remains in force although the Cambodian officials have allowed their people to travel to the Thai border market.

Earlier last month, political activist Veera Somkwamkid tried to visit the casino which he claimed to be located on the disputed territory claimed by Cambodia and Thailand. But his attempt was thwarted by local Thai people who feared his visit would spark border tension.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

PM not happy although Songkran death toll has dropped

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said on Tuesday that he was not satisfied with the statistics of road accidents during the Songkran festival although death toll has dropped.

According to the statistics, altogether 3,690 road accidents took place during the Songkran festival from April 11-17, leaving 390 people dead and 3,808 injured. Although the death toll this year was 52 lower compared to last year's, the number of injured increased by 36.

The cabinet today discussed the road accident statistics and the causes of the accidents as well as necessary measures to be adopted to better improve road safety.

Dr Thanapong Chinwong, manager of Road Safety Centre, attributed the drop in death toll during this year's Songkran festival to the tightening up of road safety by authorities concerned such as close monitoring of speeding, strict enforcement of seat belt and limitation on the number of passengers on the back of pickup trucks.

Due to the measures adopted, death toll has dropped from 12.8 from every 100 road accidents to 10.5, but the number of injuries has increased by five percent.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

PM not happy although Songkran death toll has dropped

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said on Tuesday that he was not satisfied with the statistics of road accidents during the Songkran festival although death toll has dropped.

According to the statistics, altogether 3,690 road accidents took place during the Songkran festival from April 11-17, leaving 390 people dead and 3,808 injured. Although the death toll this year was 52 lower compared to last year's, the number of injured increased by 36.

The cabinet today discussed the road accident statistics and the causes of the accidents as well as necessary measures to be adopted to better improve road safety.

Dr Thanapong Chinwong, manager of Road Safety Centre, attributed the drop in death toll during this year's Songkran festival to the tightening up of road safety by authorities concerned such as close monitoring of speeding, strict enforcement of seat belt and limitation on the number of passengers on the back of pickup trucks.

Due to the measures adopted, death toll has dropped from 12.8 from every 100 road accidents to 10.5, but the number of injuries has increased by five percent.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

226 died, 2,457 injured in four days of Songkran festival

The Road Safety Centre said today traffic accidents during the past four days of the Songkran festival have now claimed 226 lives and 2,457 injuries.

Only yesterday, the fourth day of the campaign to reduce traffic accidents, and road fatalities during the 7-Dangerous Days campaign, 57 were killed and 664 others injured in a total of 642 traffic accidents happened across the country.

Drunk driving is a major cause of yesterday fatality rates or 44.08%, followed by speeding, 27.41%.

In total, the centre said 226 people have died and 2,457 others were injured during the past four days of the campaign to reduce traffic accidents.

Udon Thani had the highest accumulated traffic accidents of 32 cases while Nakhon Ratchasima topped the highest accumulated deaths of 13 people.

Chiang Mai had the highest accumulated injuries of 119.

Motorcycles remained the vehicle that engaged in most road accidents, followed by pickup trucks and cars.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Fire rages 60 golf cars at Nakhon Chaisri golf course

A fire broke out at the golf car garage Krisda City Hills in Nakhon Chaisri district of Nakhon Pathom province last night, burning down almost all 60 cars inside.

Investigation revealed after questioning a security guard at the golf course that the fire started after he charged the battery of a golf car.

During the charge, there was a spark and the fire was then initiated and quickly spread beyond control.

Forensic police are examining the scene to find the exact cause of the spread of the fire that burned down almost all golf cars in the garage.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Songkran road accidents claim 82 lives and 1,049 injuries in two days

As Songkran holidaymakers continued to travel out of the capital to celebrate the week-long Thai New Year holiday by motor vehicles on roads today, the Road Safety Centre said a total of 82 people have died and 1,049 injured in the first two days of the 7-dangerous day campaign that began from April 11 to 17.

The centre said that only yesterday, April 12, 48 were killed and 630 injured in 586 road accidents nationwide.

Major cause of road accidents remain to be drunk driving or 42.32%, followed by speeding 30.38%.

Motorcycle continues to be the vehicle that engaged in most road accidents or 84.16%.

Most accidents occurred on straight sections of highways or 66.38%, while 36.18% on secondary roads in districts and villages.

It said most accidents or 31% happened during 16.01-20.00 pm, and most deaths are people in the ages of 50 and over.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Over 2,400 wanted for alleged involvement in illegal money lending syndicate

The Department of Special Investigation plans to seek warrants for the arrest of over 2,400 people suspected of involvement in a major illegal money lending syndicate said to have networks throughout the country.

Justice deputy permanent secretary Pol Col Dusadee Arayavuth is scheduled to meet with Justice Minister Suwaphan Tanyuwattana next week to report on the progress of probe into the operations of illegal syndicate associated with Mr Wichai Punngarm who is currently on the run and believed to have fled out of the country.

Dusadee said that more than 2,400 people, excluding government officials, had been implicated in the illegal lending operations and would face arrest.

As for some 150 government officials who were suspected to be involved in the illegal operations or in abetting the illegal activities, he said that both the DSI and the Government

Sector Anti-Corruption Commission had been double-checking their names and positions before a list would be compiled and sent to the police.

Dusadee described Wichai Punngarm's syndicate as the biggest in the country so far.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)