Phuket New Year roadblock snares Patong tuk-tuk driver for meth

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A Patong tuk-tuk driver has been arrested for methamphetamine use after he tested positive to an on-the-spot urine test at a road safety checkpoint early this morning (Jan 2).

A total of 25 drivers were tested for alcohol. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Vasan Panyadee, 45, from Phattalung was taken into custody shortly after 1am at a checkpoint at the south end of Patong manned by seven Provincial Civil Defense officers, nine Patong Police and two medical staffers from Patong Hospital.

More than 35 commercial drivers were tested for drug use, including 16 van drivers, two truck drivers, 15 tuk-tuk drivers and several taxi drivers, of which Vasan was the only one to test positive.

A total of 25 other drivers were tested for alcohol, with only one person arrested for drunk driving, but 35 people fined for not wearing a helmet while riding a motorbike.

The checkpoint saw Phuket arrive into Day 5 of the this year’s New Year Seven Days of Danger national road-safety campaign with four dead and 49 injured in 48 road accidents during the period.

Most accidents were caused by drunk driving, said Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada yesterday (Jan 1).

“We will try our best to reduce accidents on our roads during the New Year because we understand that every life is valuable and no one wants to lose it, he said.

Although there were no fatalities on Phuket’s roads yesterday, New Year’s Day, 17 people were injured in 16 accidents.

It’s just amazing how many of these drivers are found to be high or drunk on the job.  Scary!