More Than 500 Motorbike Accidents in Two Months in Phuket Involving Foreign Tourists, Say Officials

Phuket –

More than 500 motorbike accidents in Phuket have involved foreign tourists in just two months, said relevant officials.

A meeting was held this morning (February 22nd) and was led by Phuket Vice Governor Arnuparb Rodkhwan Yodrabam.

Vice Governor Arnuparb told the Phuket Express. “Many accidents recently have involved foreign motorbike riders.”

Our previous stories:

Twenty French motorbike racers have been arrested after causing a public nuisance.

Forty-four foreign drivers have been arrested in Patong for not having driving licenses.

The Head of the Consulate of the French Office in Phuket met with the Patong Police after 20 French motorbike racers were arrested.

A group of foreign motorbike racers were reportedly warned of being a public nuisance before a fight with locals broke out on Bangla Road in Patong.

Two foreigners and three Thais were arrested after fighting over motorbike racing in Patong.

A French motorbike rider has been charged with hit and run after a Thai pedestrian sustained serious injuries in Patong.

“In most of the accidents, the foreign tourists have rented motorbikes. Eighty percent of them do not have driving licenses, some were wearing swim suits, driving at high speed, and not familiar with routes. From January to February there were more than 500 accidents involving foreign tourists,” Vice Governor Arnuparb explained.

“We are trying to solve consistent problems about motorbike rental businesses renting to tourists without proper documentation to prevent road accidents and motorbike racers,” Vice Governor Arnuparb added.
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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.