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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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Jor12 | 27 March 2017 - 19:07:37

Rorii...who the hell cares.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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