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Phuket locals Thailand’s worst curfew breakers

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Thai police man a highway checkpoint to catch people out after curfew.

Figures released Thursday by Phuket police show the province’s residents have been taking the national curfew very seriously.

As of May 21, police said 1,643 people had been arrested for being out after curfew without a valid reason. Only night-shift those going to or from hospitals are exempt.

From April 3-May 16, the national curfew ran from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. The start time was moved back to 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Phuket Provincial Police said 400 of the arrests came in the past two weeks, showing people growing increasingly antsy about staying home after dark.

A dozen were arrested in Phuket Town alone overnight May 20-21. Seven others were caught in Patong, wondering where they could find a drink.

Phuket locals aren’t dumb, however: Only 92 of the 1,643 got caught at a highway checkpoint.

Curfew breakers face fines of up to 100,000 baht and a year in prision.