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
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.
Dirk Weeber-Araytumsopon, Thailandfreunde
Shouldn’t the police set an example?
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?
Rain and potholes
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!
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
Fun in Chiang Mai
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.
Not bored yet