On the evening (local time) of Sunday, February 10, two Russian tourists died near Patong beach in Phuket when their motorcycle collided with a pickup truck. According to the Police, the motorcycle was on the wrong side of the road when it hit the passenger pickup truck. Further such accidents are possible in the near term, as driving conditions remain hazardous throughout the country.
According to the World Health Organization's statistics, Thailand's roads are ranked the second most lethal in the world after Libya's. Every year, about 24,000 people are estimated to die on Thai roads; of those killed, 73 percent are motorcyclists. Most of the accidents are due to poor vehicle and driver safety standards. There has been little to no improvement on road safety conditions despite safety campaigns over the years.
As a reminder, travelers willing to drive a car or a motorcycle in Thailand must be in possession of a Thai or an International driver license. Individuals are advised to seek local advice if case of doubts regarding the safety of transportation providers. Helmets are mandatory when driving motorcycles.
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