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Vol. XI No.4 - Sunday August 5 - Saturday August 18, 2012


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MAIL BAG
 

MAILBAG 1

Dear Editor,

I am writing to tell you of an accident I had on Saturday night. The chairman of the German cultural, social and human rights organization Friends of Thailand e.V., Dirk Weeber Arayatumsopon, 38, drove with his 4 people team from a meeting in the Chiang Mai Night Safari back home to his residence in San Sai.

There was small rain at the intersection at the San Sai Market. Almost nobody was around, the traffic light turned red and the driver Wuttipong Arayatumsopon was waiting for the light to turn green when there was suddenly a loud noise and smash - everybody was confused.

Dirk got a shock, was the first out of the car making pictures with the camera of what happened. With the 3rd picture he realized that the accident was caused by drunken Tourist Police officer.

Team members Bobby and Wichit took the case in their own hands made their way on foot to police station 600m down the road to ask for the police to secure the accident and assist with the officer. The traffic police wanted him take an alcohol test in the headquarters but as the insurance agent was taking photos he got in his car and drove away.

Fortunately the license plate, driver, injuries and the ID Card was already photographed.
The traffic police officers where very confused - nobody expected this reaction – they told us that the guy wanted to avoid the chief of the station and the alcohol test.

The police then guided the victims and the insurance agent to the San Sai headquarters where the police captain of the station checked the documents took the witness statements. He told us that the officer for sure loses his job and that he has to pay the injuries at the car too.

Dirk then collapsed and was immediately transported to the Teppanya Hospital where it was diagnosed he had a severe spinal cord trauma with bleeding and nerve injuries of the complete right leg and lower back.

The police dealt with the situation as they should, noow Thai Justice can show as this exemplary case that they can do well.
Signed
Dirk Weeber-Araytumsopon, Thailandfreunde



Shouldn’t the police set an example?

Dear Editor
Today I was driving down the street and not more than 1km away from a police checkpoint I saw a policeman on his motorbike in uniform wearing just his police cap. This is not uncommon, although kudos to the policeman who had picked up his daughter on his bike and had a helmet for her as well since helmets for kids generally seem to be unused.
It is very common for police to not wear their helmets when driving their own motorcycles and yet checkpoints are set up around town on a regular basis to fine those who do not do so themselves.
My issue here is how can people be expected to respect the law and follow it when the police themselves do not?
Tom F.


Rain and potholes

Dear Editor
Well, the rainy season has started in earnest and the holes in the road are now filling up with water making it very dangerous for anyone on a motorbike since there is no way of knowing how deep they are. I realize that doing much road repair in the rainy season is not going to happen but is there any way to get some of the bigger and deeper holes filled? Is there a “road hotline” to call and report dangerous sections of road?
If not, I would urge the City government to set one up, I realize that hiring English speaking people would be difficult but if possible that would be even better as there are many foreigners living in town as well.
Additionally I would like to urge car drivers to keep an eye out for those of us on motorcycles, we aren’t swerving for no reason at all generally we are swerving to save ourselves from potential accidents from falling into potholes!
I realize this may have been covered here before but it bears repeating!
Yours
Motorcyclist


Mosquitoes

Dear Editor,
Thank you for the article on the rise of dengue fever in Chiang Mai, as the rainy season hits so do the mosquitoes. People need to be aware that there are several strains of dengue and that some can be very deadly indeed. A friend of mine started bleeding because of dengue and was hospitalized immediately. If you even suspect you have dengue please go to a doctor and get the blood test to make sure. While it can be mild, it can also be dangerous and is not something to mess around with!
Several years ago you ran an excellent article by a mosquito expert, you may wish to consider running that again so that people have information on prevention.
Regards
Steve D.


Fun in Chiang Mai

Dear Editor
I am new to Chiang Mai and just wanted to comment on how much I have enjoyed living here since I came nearly a year ago. I read somewhere from some person who thinks Chiang Mai is a bit boring and I think we must inhabit entirely different Chiang Mais. Perhaps his was on some separate but parallel universe but I honestly have no idea what he is talking about. The only reason to be bored here is because either you are anti-social or choose to be bored. The music scene here is fantastic; I attended the party at Free Bird Café and had a great time listening to the musicians who then traveled back to North Gate, which, even though I am older, I love to stop by and listen to the musicians. The level of musicianship there is really top class.
So, to the man who thought Chiang Mai boring, perhaps you should ask Dr. Who for his Tardis and give the alternate Chiang Mai a shot.
Regards
Not bored yet


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

MAILBAG 1

Shouldn’t the police set an example?

Rain and potholes

Mosquitoes

Fun in Chiang Mai
 

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