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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.

By The Phuket News

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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Jor12 | 27 March 2017 - 19:07:37

Rorii...who the hell cares.

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.

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.

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.

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 dange...

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 comment...

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. 

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.

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...

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.

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.

swerv | 22 March 2017 - 10:09:53

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

Kurt | 21 March 2017 - 12:17:38

@Simon01: Agree 100% with you.
However, many motorbike rental shops are owned by Phuket Government officials.
With the money they did 'save', they bought motorbikes, rent a shed, and wife or son is renting out.
Purpose? Make money!
How can they 'bite' their own tale while family is renting out to tourists without driving license that brings in good money?
It is all about money...

Kurt | 21 March 2017 - 11:32:14

When it starts raining after a long period without rain you can 'wait' for the moment motorbikes start to slide.
Two reasons:
1-- The road tarmac 'collects' oil and rubber during dry periods. It becomes slippery when it starts raining like yesterday.
2--- Many motorbike have tires with not enough profile to keep grip while driving.
Look at the tires of the motorbikes, parked in...

Bubble38 | 21 March 2017 - 08:57:11

Be aware of who is around you on the bike people can pop out of the kerb any time tourist don't look while crossing  I have many close calls when someone crosses the road they just cross with out looking be carfull guy's  I had friend who rented bikes she had customers who gotten killed on thsee bikes and she was a passenger now she is dead died in hospital some people just can't drive...

Bubble38 | 21 March 2017 - 08:52:38

I been coming to phuket for many years now I don't ride a bike at home but I do rent Honda clicks when i go I never had a problem or big accidents it the only way to travel around t he island and explore rule of thumb if it raining wait till it dies down or don't riDe I really hate paying for taxi tuk tuk as they rip you off farang price I seen more on my motor bike than I ever will with a...

Carol Jadzia | 20 March 2017 - 21:08:44

A classic example of what a simple lack of understanding for the conditions leads to multiple traffic accidents. No wonder people blame spirits when for ages they ride the same roads everyday. Yet for no obvious reason, one day after a light shower, the bike just vanishes from beneath them for no reason.
But there is a reason! A few simple ones at that.
The conditions are the clue. A good rain s...

Frank Scriven | 20 March 2017 - 20:09:43

How many more people will die or be seriously Injured in Thailand before the Thai government takes a serious view on road safety!
Check and control the Rental Companies of Cars and Motorcycle to anyone who dose not have a licence to drive in Thailand.Surely they have a duty of care to in force this for everyone concerned safety! Please make our roads a safer place to live for our children and eve...

BenPendejo | 20 March 2017 - 18:01:01

Well put Simon01

Georg the Viking | 20 March 2017 - 17:20:05

I\'m glad about anyone who pulls himself out of the traffic before he does it with me.

simon01 | 20 March 2017 - 12:56:15

Any rental shop renting to anyone with no license should be fined a large sum and not the 1,000 or 2,000 thats normally gets handed out. They are making not only the people they rent to in danger but whoever they hit or cause to have an accident. As for the local Thai riders they will never learn. Too fast, no helmet and no thinking of safety for anyone no matter if on bike, car, truck or mini van...

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