In total, there have been 64 deaths in four months from Phuket road accidents so far this year which is an increase from last year.
A Phuket road safety meeting was held this week led by the Phuket Vice Governor Arnuparp Rodkhwan Yodrabam.
Mr. Arnuparp said, “The number of deaths from road accidents in Phuket has continued to increase every year. The average number is at 135 deaths per year which is about 11 deaths per month. From January to April this year, there were 64 deaths. When compared to the same period last year the number has increased 45 percent. The number is expected to reach 200 deaths this year if it continues at this pace,” Mr. Arnuparp explained.
“Most deaths from road accidents were from motorbikes with drivers or passengers not wearing helmets. Some of them were foreign tourists who rented motorbikes. We are trying to urge road users to wear crash helmets and seat belts, not to exceed the speed limits, not to drink and drive, and slow down or stop for pedestrians on cross walks in order to decrease road accidents and road deaths.” Mr. Arnuparp added.
The Phuket Express has covered several recent fatal accidents such as this hit and run.