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Phuket reports 41 road accidents, 3 dead and 42 injured during “7 Days of Danger”

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Phuket officials have confirmed that over the so-called “Seven Days of Danger”, the island saw 41 road accidents, with 3 people killed and 42 injured. The period ran from December 29, 2022 to January 4, 2023.

Nationally, there was a total of 317 people killed and 2,437 injured in 2,440 road accidents across the country between December 29 and January 4. 35% of the accidents were caused by speeding and 80% involved motorcycles, 24.5% were the result of cutting in front of another vehicle at speed.

Back in Phuket, on day 7 alone, there were 7 accidents and 8 people injured, according to a Phuket Express report.

The figures have been released by the Phuket Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation. Four of the day 7 (January 4) accidents happened in the Mueang district, one in Thalang, north Phuket, and 2 in Kathu.

Officials say most of the accidents involved motorbike riders not wearing helmets, followed by drunk driving, and exceeding the speed limit.

During last year’s “Seven Days of Danger”, there were 28 accidents reported, with one person killed and 27 injured. The increase in this year’s figures is being blamed on the rise in tourist numbers, leading to an increase in traffic on the island.

Nationally, the worst provinces for road deaths during this period were Rai-Rt, Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan.

SOURCE: The Phuket Express

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