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Songkran begins early, faulty speed cameras on highways
Songkran started early for tens of thousands of families
in the capital this week. Roads to the north have been
busy, and bus companies have added extra coaches to
routes to keep up with demand. Motorways after
midnight Monday were clear as most don’t like to drive
in the dark but by sun up, the highways were all seeing
heavy traffic. For drivers, an extra hassle as those speed
cameras on main routes are slightly on the blink. With
the centre lanes routed for vehicles driving above 100
but under 120, they are flashing like discotheques at
vehicles travelling at 110, so extra care unless you fancy
a few fines.

Computer-illiterate farmers charged with computer crimes 
In Issan, reports from a small village hit the news as a
poor family were named in a warrant regarding fraud
and computer crimes. With no knowledge of how a
computer even works, it’s assumed that they are one of
the many who supplied banking details to scammers in
return for cash. The practice, now heavily clamped
down on by police, saw innocent account holders glean
500 baht for their bank details which were used to
receive scammed funds from the public. Meanwhile,
other locals are again going to banks to change their
account details. The farming couple, in their 30s were
questioned by police.

Ambulance services battle at accident scene 
What many don’t realise about ambulance services here
in Thailand is that most are private agencies contracted
to the state. That the competition is fierce has long
been known to Thais but this week saw two rivalling
accident chasers attacking each other in a battle to..
recover victims of a motorbike crash. It took close to 2
dozen cops to break up the fight, no word on the
condition of those injured in the accident.

Soldier in car wreck found trying to hide 52,000 illegal cigarettes 
When six Thai pensioners died in a car wreck in Buriram,
police were quickly at the scene. The 6 were en route
to a religious shrine to pay homage, the other vehicle,
driven by a 29 yr old soldier, was laden down with 52
thousand cigarettes, all illegally imported. The
soldier did his best to hide them in roadside woods,
and cops quickly spotted them.

Pattaya police out in full force over Songkran holidays 
Meanwhile at home and Pattaya police have in many
cases cancelled holidays for those who work here, as
road checks are popping up around the region. The
option of a cheap taxi out for a night that involves
booze is a good one as once the holidays start in full,
courts will be closed and those arrested face several
days in station cells until their cases are heard. Many
CAN of course pay bail, but the experience is surely not
worth it as ALL are taken to the police station, locked up
and then processed as and when.

Plans are inplace for the busy days here, we will see
police monitoring all areas where the water fun takes
place. With the usual expectation of ONLY fun and no
issues, authorities are said to have exit plans for any
who fall sick and need medical services and all are
warned to watch out for pickpockets, a favourite
occupation of the nefarious as crowds swell. 4-500 cops
will be on duty today through to next week, most will wish
they weren’t here.. so abusers of the law are not likely
to be greeted with smiles.

Pop singer ‘Cardi B’ arrives in Thailand
Pop singer Cardi B has arrived in Thailand already ahead
of her appearance set for Pattaya’s ROLLING LOUD
concert series from 13 to 15 th . Theheadliner was in the
capital this week ahead of travelling here.

Pattaya bar raided, illegal workers arrested 
A concerned citizen, the one to whom numerous
raids here are attributed, struck again this week as a
gay bar was raided following a tip off that Laos men were
working there without permits. 2.30 raids saw
customers tested for drugs, non failed and the bar
given a stern warning for being open after legal hours.
5 Laos men were duly removed by immigration for

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Written by: Megan Midget

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FABULOUS 103FM HEADLINE NEWS (11 APRIL '23) FROM THAILAND & PATTAYA Songkran holiday traffic begins early  Traffic is already on the rise on Thai highways, and has been since the weekend as many start their Songkran holidays early.  Congestion as reported on the main highways to Isaan Monday as many employers have closed down workplaces early.   Officially the holidays being Thursday through midnight Monday but, as always, the Pattaya […]

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