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Thai road carnage: A MILLION injuries and 24,000 deaths per year, official admits

 

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The head of Thailand's anti drink driving foundation has pulled no punches in comments about the appalling state of the nation's roads.
 
Dr Thaejing Siripanich told Daily News that it was common knowledge that at least 24,000 people died each year in road accidents.
 
And he put the number of people injured at a staggering ONE MILLION per annum saying that ten per cent of these end up being disabled in some way.
 
Dr Thaejing said that the situation led to untold misery for the population with people robbed of life and a proper existence due to the carnage.
 
Not surprisingly he laid the blame for much of the death and injury at the door of drink driving.
 
Dr Thaejing was speaking ahead of a drink drive campaign that will be mounted in Bangkok on Friday to coincide with the annual Loy Krathong celebrations. Loy Krathong is the traditional candle-lit boat floating festival.
 
Dr Thaejing said that it was widely accepted that accidents increase at various festival times and he cited New Year, Chinese New Year, Songkran and Loy Krathong.
 
At the one day Loy Krathong festival last year there were 189 dead and 19,869 injured on the roads. In addition there were 48 water related deaths such as drownings. 
 
Friday will see the anti drink driving foundation join forces with police, Bangkok authorities and the private sector in mounting a parade in the Ramkhamhaeng area of Bangkok. 
 
It is entitled "Loy Krathong Anti Drink Driving Campaign".  
 
The parade will start and finish at the Honda Safe Driving Center at Ramkhamhaeng Soi 127 and take in the National Stadium, Ramkhamhaeng University campus, Rama 9 Road and The Mall on its campaign journey.
 
Source: Daily News
 
 
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Absolutely abhorrent. The sheer stupidity of a decent % of those behind the wheel / handlebars is the chief culprit.

The cops are too lazy and inept to do anything, but it is a gargantuan task that without any huge smartening of the population will only look worse in future years.

Incidentally went to Cambodia recently and the driving standards and attitudes there are even more pathetic than here ?

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While I agree that drink driving is extremely stupid and dangerous, that is not the biggest reason for the amount of death and carnage on Thailands roads. Abysmal driving by selfish drivers, combined with an incompetent police force who do nothing to curb terrible driving is way higher on the list to my mind. Fix them both and many lives will be saved.

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15 minutes ago, darksidedog said:

While I agree that drink driving is extremely stupid and dangerous, that is not the biggest reason for the amount of death and carnage on Thailands roads. Abysmal driving by selfish drivers, combined with an incompetent police force who do nothing to curb terrible driving is way higher on the list to my mind. Fix them both and many lives will be saved.

I am certain Thais would choose the carnage to continue rather than abide by the rules of the road. Self discipline v corruption they will choose corruption EVERY TIME. 

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16 minutes ago, darksidedog said:

While I agree that drink driving is extremely stupid and dangerous, that is not the biggest reason for the amount of death and carnage on Thailands roads. Abysmal driving by selfish drivers, combined with an incompetent police force who do nothing to curb terrible driving is way higher on the list to my mind. Fix them both and many lives will be saved.

I reckon if you added a mandatory police attitude to anyone not wearing a helmet who gets fined more than once for not wearing one, should not be aloud to ride a motorbike for a year, add another two years for every time they get caught riding a bike without one.

 

Less split heads on the road saves lives.

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2 minutes ago, selftaopath said:

I am certain Thais would choose for the carnage to continue rather than abide by the rules of the road. Self discipline v corruption they will choose corruption EVERY TIME. 

I tend to agree with your view, though mostly because whilst Thais understand corruption exceedingly well, I very much doubt many of them have even heard of the concept of self discipline, let alone have the first clue what it actually means. "Me first" is the only thing they know.

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A one day holiday in Thailand equate to a hundred or more dead

and god knows how many injurered, the sad part is that Thailand has

no shortage of days off and holidays...and yet, more holiday are added

every year. but i'm sure that nearly 900 million baht spent on the new

breathalyzers will surly bring theses numbers down...Yeah right...

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WHAT HAPPENED to the not riding in the back of pick up trucks i'll tell ya, nothing, Thais arrive here at Jomtien beach weekends with 6 to 8 kids and adults crammed in the back of pick ups right in front of the toy town cops, not a word is said.

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13 minutes ago, ezzra said:

A one day holiday in Thailand equate to a hundred or more dead

and god knows how many injurered, the sad part is that Thailand has

no shortage of days off and holidays...and yet, more holiday are added

every year. but i'm sure that nearly 900 million baht spent on the new

breathalyzers will surly bring theses numbers down...Yeah right...

Expensive breathalyzers and speed cameras are not looked upon as tools to improve road safety. They are just revenue earners for both the government and the police. With the police deciding who gets what.

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29 minutes ago, 4MyEgo said:

I reckon if you added a mandatory police attitude to anyone not wearing a helmet who gets fined more than once for not wearing one, should not be aloud to ride a motorbike for a year, add another two years for every time they get caught riding a bike without one.

 

Less split heads on the road saves lives.

Vietnamese police are dynamite on helmets. I suspect most of the fines go into the hip pockets but at about US$10 a hit it has got them wearing helmets. 

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