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Phuket passes Day 4 of Songkran holidays with zero road deaths

The fourth day of the Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign for the Songkran holidays drew to a close at midnight last night with Phuket maintaining a record of zero deaths in road accidents during the campaign.

However 11 people were reported injured in 10 accidents across the island during the 24-hour period, according to official statistics provided by the Phuket office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM).

Three of the accidents were in Muang District, which encompasses Phuket Town, Kata-Karon, Wichit, Chalong, Rawai and Nai Harn, and the other four accidents were in Thalang District, which covers the northern half of the island.

Kathu District, which includes Phuket’s party town of Patong and other key beach areas including Kamala, suffered three accidents, said the DDPM report.

Police across Phuket reported issuing 1,741 fines for moving violations during the 24-hour period, as follows:

  • 832 people fined for not wearing helmets
  • 34 fined for reckless / dangerous driving (35 car drivers, 31 motorbike drivers)
  • 104 fined for not wearing seatbelts
  • 551 fined for driving without a licence
  • 33 fined for speeding
  • 30 fined for running a red light
  • 52 fined for ghost driving (driving opposite traffic flow)
  • 25 fined for dangerously cutting off other motorists in traffic
  • 30 fined for using mobile phones while driving

Of note, 50 people were arrested for drunk driving.

Officials at checkpoints across the island reported inspecting 6,058 vehicles throughout the 24-hour period, with 50 vehicles seized.

Phuket News



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