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Zero road deaths as Phuket enters day five of ‘Seven Days of Danger’

PHUKET: The island has made it more than halfway through the nationwide ‘Seven Days of Danger’ road-safety campaign for Songkran without a single death.

By the end of day four, at midnight last night, there were 34 people injured in a total of 33 road accidents, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Phuket office (DDPM-Phuket), which collates all road accident statistics in Phuket during the campaign.

Five the accidents that have been included in the total so far occurred yesterday. Two of them were directly related to driving under the influence, reported the DDPM-Phuket.

Police manning checkpoints throughout the island have already checked 3,080 vehicles and caught 510 people committing traffic offenses:

– Riding a motorbike without wearing a helmet – 292 people
– Driving without [carrying] a valid driving license – 195 people
– Riding an unsafe motorbike – 2 people
– Driver and/or passengers failing to use seat belts – 53 people
– Driving under the influence of alcohol – 42 people
– Failing to stop at a red light – 52 people
– Driving in the wrong way (ghost-riding) – 15 people
– Overtaking in a restricted zone – 2 people
– Using a mobile phone while driving – 7 people

— Chutharat Plerin

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