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Phuket suffers third road death for Songkran holidays

PHUKET: Disaster officials confirmed this morning (Apr 16) that Phuket’s tally of road accident deaths and injuries during the Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign for the Songkran holidays has climbed to three dead, 32 injured in 29 accidents.

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By The Phuket News

Tuesday 16 April 2019, 12:39PM


Ms Koonwanee, 20, was overtaking a car when she was struck head-on by a passenger van travelling in the opposite direction near Baan Pa Khlok School. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Ms Koonwanee, 20, was overtaking a car when she was struck head-on by a passenger van travelling in the opposite direction near Baan Pa Khlok School. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The number of deaths had climbed to three following the death of 20-year-old Koonwanee Hemmin in a fatal motorbike accident in Pa Khlok yesterday afternoon (Apr 15), the Phuket office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM-Phuket) reported this morning.

Ms Koonwanee was overtaking a car when she was struck head-on by a passenger van travelling in the opposite direction near Baan Pa Khlok School on the road from the Heroines Monument towards Pa Khlok (Route 4027) at 4pm, the report noted.

Ms Koonwanee died at the scene.

Three other people were injured in three other accidents – one in each district: Muang, Kathu and Thalang – during the 24-hour period for Day 5 of Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign, from midnight to midnight yesterday (Apr 15), the DDPM reported.

Meanwhile, Phuket police reported issuing 2,420 fines for moving violations during the 24-hour period, as follows:

• 79 fined for operating an unsafe/illegally modified motorcycle

• 170 fined for not wearing seatbelts

• 765 fined for driving without a licence

• 34 fined for speeding

• 55 fined for ignoring traffic signals

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• 83 fined for ghost driving (driving opposite traffic flow)

• 78 fined for dangerously cutting off other motorists in traffic

• 74 fined for using mobile phones while driving.

• 52 people were arrested for drunk driving during the period.

• 1,030 people fined for not wearing helmets

Across Thailand, a total of 68 people were killed and 2,729 injured in 2,797 road accidents yesterday (Apr 15), according to the website for the national road-safety agency ThaiRSC.

Bangkok recorded the highest toll with three dead 250 people injured during the 24-hour period, while Chiang Mai recorded two dead and 180 injured, the second-worst tally of the day throughout the country.

Meanwhile, Nakhon Nayok remained the safest province in Thailand yesterday, with zero deaths and three people injured in road accidents.

Yala was the second safest province on the roads with one dead, three injured during the 24-hour period.

 

 

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Kurt | 16 April 2019 - 14:31:16

Another 785 without a driving license? With about average 800 a day, x 7 days= about 5600 without driving license. Not yet talking about all those who not have a driving license but are not checked this week! No wonder Phuket roads are very dangerous with thousands of thai without driving license. Foreign tourists have driving license as rental companies already checked that.  Right?

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