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Hit-Run Phuket Bus Driver Fled After Killing Burmese Crossing Road

Friday, October 4, 2013
PHUKET: Police are expecting to quickly catch the driver of a tour bus who fled after he killed a Burmese pedestrian while travelling at speed in Phuket yesterday.

Officers found 31 Chinese tourists and their guide still on board the bus after the driver took off about 6.30pm last night.

The Burmese woman, unidentified and aged about 55, was killed on impact not far from the landmark Thung Thong ice factory in Thepkasattri Road, Thalang.

About 600 metres along the road, the driver left his passengers and disappeared into the dusk. The group had been returning to a resort in Khao Lak from an outing at Coral island.

Pano Yogmon, owner of the Nong Film Karoake nearby, said: ''The woman crosses quite regularly to do her shopping on the other side of the road.

''I saw the bus coming and tried to call out to her, but she didn't hear me. The bus was going quite fast. It just kept going.''

The body of the woman was taken to Thalang Hospital. Thalang police are investigating.

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This is such a common problem of drivers running away, why doesn't the government change the law making it a mandatory jail sentence if a driver runs away and enforce it. If you kills someone however it is caused you should face the consequences in a Court.

Posted by Fiesty Farang on October 4, 2013 16:20

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@ Fiesty Farang
Because that would lead to drivers attacked by an angry mob. Quite often they flee for their own safety.

Posted by stevenl on October 4, 2013 16:59

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@steveni, maybe with the possibility of being "attacked" then the drivers might drive a little more carefully.

Posted by DSI Watcher on October 4, 2013 17:35

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These common issues can easily be solved if the government apply an law that force all public bus and truck companies to install a driver log system that only starts the vehicle once the driver has inserted an valid driving license. This system will also make it difficult for the driver to drive too long with out taking a rest. Also alcohol tests can be required in order to start the vehicle. Now, if the driver still runaway after an accident, it will be easier for the police to find out who he is which probably leads to less runaways in the future.

Cheers,

Posted by Mr T on October 4, 2013 17:59

Editor Comment:

Why is it that so many people think that technology can solve problems caused by humans?
It hasn't happened yet.

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@Stevenl I understand Thai's do not like following the law but killing someone is clearly the most serious of offences and the law should be extended as such, therefore if you attack someone in relation to causing a fatality very strict penalties should apply. Life is precious and therefore needs to be protected. Frankly attacking someone is not acceptable in more general terms, surely Thailand cannot be as bad as that.

Posted by Fiesty Farang on October 4, 2013 18:10

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Indeed. Thailand is not as bad as that. For you to think that ''Thais do not like following the law'' shows you have a few problems too, FF. In your world of loose generalisations, Australians are all drunk by 6pm every night, aren't they? Perhaps the kangaroos should revolt.

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Ed, maybe I hang out with different Thais but all the ones I speak to don't follow the law. Clearly if what Stevenl wrote is true there is a serious problem here. Lynch mob mentality is not acceptable and you should be supporting that Ed.

Posted by Fiesty Farang on October 4, 2013 18:35

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I am never going to be supporting lynch mobs, FF, nor am I ever going to be supporting bigots. If the people you hang out with don't follow the law, the thought should cross your mind that you are hanging out with the wrong people. It's certainly not true that ''Thais don't follow the law.'' But it is true that thoughtless generalisations indicate a lot about the person who makes them. Yes, we hang out with different people.

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@Fiesty Farang:
Aren't the Thais you hang out with girls from Khon Kaen and Ubon Thani (sic), and don't you spend time looking at dating sites. So if the the girls are all 'on the game' that must be the reason for you saying they don't follow the law!

Posted by Pete on October 4, 2013 19:02

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@Pete actually I was referring to men.

Posted by Fiesty Farang on October 5, 2013 12:00

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@FF
My apologies, I didn't know you were that way inclined.

Posted by Pete on October 5, 2013 12:11

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@Pete get a life and stop attacking people on here. I have never been and never will be gay. I know many Thais born in Phuket and many Thais from other parts and only one follows the law. We are talking minor laws they break though.

Posted by Fiesty Farang on October 5, 2013 17:50


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