PHUKET: Phuket’s run of zero road fatalities during the Songkran Seven Days of Danger holiday period ended early this morning, when 75-year-old Phuket native Jingiang Jamreunnam died from injuries sustained in a motorbike accident.
Mr Jingiang was riding an unsafe motorbike when it collided with a pickup truck in Phuket Town at 8:30am yesterday.
He suffered a serious head injury and died at 3am today, staff at Vachira Phuket Hospital confirmed to the Phuket Gazette.
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Phuket office (DDPM-Phuket), which collates all road accident statistics in Phuket during the campaign, reported two other accidents – both also involving motorbikes – between midnight Monday and midnight Tuesday.
The second accident reported occurred at 6:20pm, when Suwin Jitamnuay, 66, from Nakhon Sri Thammarat, fell off his motorbike on Soi Thanuthep on Chao Fa East Road.
At 11:30pm, Yongyut Phornthong, 36, from Phuket, fell off his motorbike in front of the Villa Dowrung housing estate further north on Chao Fa East Road.
All of the accident victims were taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town for treatment.
Police manning static checkpoints yesterday reported stopping and checking 4,302 vehicles, during which 502 people were caught committing traffic offenses, as follows:
– Riding a motorbike without wearing a helmet – 156 people
– Riding an unsafe motorbike – 3
– Driver and/or passengers failing to use seat belts – 14
– Driving under the influence of alcohol – 22
– Driving without [carrying] a valid driving license – 296
– Failing to stop at a red traffic light – 0
– Driving the wrong way (ghost-riding) – 1
– Overtaking in a restricted zone – 1
– Using a mobile phone while driving – 9
— Irfarn Jamdukor
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