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Phuket rain brings slew of motorbike accidents on wet roads

PHUKET: Police are urging motorists to be careful on the roads after sporadic showers across the island over the weekend led to a spate of minor motorcycle accidents, many involving tourists on hills to main tourist beach areas of Patong and Karon.

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Monday 20 March 2017, 12:30PM


The warning today follows Kathu Police responding to two Chinese tourists suffering minor injuries after falling from their rented motorbike on Patong Hill on Friday.

“Both Chinese tourists escaped with bruises and scratches, but they were lucky,” Kathu Police Chief Col ML Pattanajak Jakkapan told The Phuket News today (Mar 20).

“We have seen many tourists in motorcycle accidents in my area (Kathu). Some tourists do not even have licenses, and some are riding motorbikes for the first time,” he added.

Further south in Karon, many local Thai riders with much more experience have also fallen victim to the slippery roads, with two motorbike riders in particular lucky to escape serious injuries as their motorbikes slid out from underneath them.

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“The motorbikes and their riders slid into the path of oncoming vehicles. One rider struck the front of an oncoming car with force,” Col ML Pattanajak noted.

Rescue workers were kept busy responding to many other minor motorbike accidents throughout the area, he noted.

“All riders must be careful in these conditions. Also, they must have driving licenses,” Col ML Pattanajak said, adding that his officers would be looking into rental operators hiring motorbikes to unlicensed tourists.

“It is best if tourists take it slow while learning the roads in Phuket, and they must wear helmets at all times while riding a motorbike,” he added.

 

 

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Tinkerbell | 24 March 2017 - 12:58:28

It is well reported that tourists are dis-proportionally involved in traffic accidents. 
The way of driving is quite different here from the west, and it is mixing the two that makes it dangerous.  Personally, I prefer to drive where only Thais drive, and find the tourists a hazard on the road to stay well away from. 

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Pauly44 | 24 March 2017 - 12:05:12

eagle; yes i do agree some tourists "lose their heads" when they drive here but in general they should know how to drive to certain standards based on the conditions, a phuket driver would cause an accident inside 2 minutes driving in my country, the way locals drive is sheer lunacy and a true gauge of character, that is the point.

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Eagle | 24 March 2017 - 11:58:04

Pauly44,how can they have years of experience prior to getting a license.By driving without a license??

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Eagle | 24 March 2017 - 11:44:06

Pauly44,maybe you did not read the article as well.And I can see everyday too how stupid  tourists from "western society"drive.Most of them adapt the thai driving style very quick .And most of them dont even drive a bike at home.That is a fact!

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Pauly44 | 23 March 2017 - 19:51:32

eagle; you're living in Thai dream land, in general all tourists from western society's go through stringent testing/ training and years of experience prior to getting a licence and hence would appreciate & understand this basic point of road safety i.e if it's wet, SLOW DOWN and allow more space for braking, Thai's simply do not comprehend it, I live here and see it on a daily basis, it's a FACT and you should acknowledge Thai driving is the 2nd worst in the world, periodn, nuff said! 

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Eagle | 23 March 2017 - 16:32:26

Christy Sweet,did you read the article well?It says :many tourists were involved.Seems to me not only thais have no basic driving knowledge.

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Kurt | 23 March 2017 - 16:00:14

Bravo Carol Jadzia,  You did explain it so well. Fantastic!
Lets hope people read it, think about it and use for themselves in more careful driving.

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Christy Sweet | 23 March 2017 - 13:03:37

Dear TPN Editors, Please write Carol Jadzia's comment in Thai and send it to all the newspapers to publish because it seems this very basic driving knowledge is simply missing in most Thai driver's education.

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swerv | 22 March 2017 - 10:09:53

Kurt: Pure fabrication as usual.
The danger is some people might even believe your nonsense.

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Eagle | 21 March 2017 - 15:06:06

Kurt,wondering how you can know that many bike rental shops are owned by Government officials.Did you walk in the shop and asked them?Or is this another of your false assertions.

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