Motorbikes making illegal U-turns in Jomtien Beach are causing traffic headaches and accidents, residents complained.

A U-turn on Jomtien Second Road opposite of Rompho Market was closed off to cars by cement barricades earlier this year, but workers left about 1.5 meters between the blocks, which has been enough for bikers to squeeze through.

Residents pointed out that the seven-meter gap in the center island was closed for a reason, but reckless motorbike users and taxi drivers have ignored it and that creates a safety hazard.

Residents claim the bikes have caused accidents and will cause more. They want Pattaya to do a better job of closing the U-turn.