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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.

“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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Jor12 | 27 March 2017 - 19:07:37

Rorii...who the hell cares.

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Eagle | 27 March 2017 - 16:27:00

Rorii, a while ago you asked if Eagle is my real name,now you want to know where i come from.May i remind you this is the PN -Website and not a Dating-Site!!!!So,stop asking stupid questions.

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Rorii | 27 March 2017 - 16:02:52

Eagle, it is true to say I have lived in Australia,  but that doesn't mean I was born there, or that is where I first got my license, now when will you answer my question, where are you from.

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Eagle | 27 March 2017 - 15:13:45

Rorii:Australia,mentioned by yourself in a former article.

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Rorii | 27 March 2017 - 11:29:38

Eagle, just what country do you think I am actually from, and how do you know this information. 
As for " off topic" you actually raised it.

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Eagle | 26 March 2017 - 15:35:56

Rorii,according to WHO-Statistics,there are less road fatalities per 100.000 inhabitants and also less road fatalities per 100.000 motor vehicles in my country then in your country.So it seems to me that all the years of practice before finally getting a license are still not enough.I am wondering why?If it would be only about you,then the answer would be clear.And now let us stop going off topic here.

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Rorii | 26 March 2017 - 05:07:38

Eagle, in the interests of safety, just what country are you from, we may need to know this so we can be aware of possible lesser skilled drivers, if we were to vacation in your home country.

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malczx7r | 25 March 2017 - 15:41:01

My take on why so many tourists have accidents here is because they are allowed to get on a bike without any training, in my country you cannot ride any motorbike without first taking a compulsory basic training course which teaches you such things as how to use the front and rear brakes properly, i.e ratio of front to rear brake depending upon road conditions such as when it is raining, the dangers of rain on road markings and metal road covers.  How to do over thew shoulder lifesaver checks before changing lane e.t.c.

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Eagle | 25 March 2017 - 10:55:57

Pauly44,Different countries -different laws! It took me 2 month for my license.So please,dont speak for all western countries unless you really know their laws.

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Pauly44 | 24 March 2017 - 15:14:47

Eagle, what planet do you live on? It took me 3 years to obtain a non restricted drivers licence, I went from Learner for 1 year, then provisional for another 2 years before I was issued with a full licence which allowed me to drive a vehicle without any restrictions, anyone from a western society would have jumped through the same hoops and that is why standards are that much higher, stop commenting for arguments sake, Thai driving is the worst, no more excuses!

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