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A third of Thais believe road carnage is fate, conference told

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A third of Thais believe road carnage is fate, conference told

 

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Thais attending a conference on road safety were told that a recent survey indicated that a staggering 32% of adult respondents thought the road carnage was just their fate. 
 
The conference also announced figures for the annual death toll that did not tally with other numbers claimed earlier in the week that threatened to put Thailand at the top of the tree of deaths around the world.
 
And the stats for people suffering handicaps was also completely at odds with previously announced figures.
 
Daily News said in their headline that 15,000 people were dying annually after a government conference was held. This represented 42 families a day losing a loved one.
 
But earlier in the week other agencies said the figure was at least 22,000 dead.
 
There were fears this would propel Thailand to be named as the most dangerous place in the world to drive.
 
Previous figures also spoke of a million handicapped and injured.
 
The latest conference talked of 5,000 handicapped as a result of accidents - or just 15 a day.
 
Attendees were also told that 2 billion baht was lost per year because of accidents. Again this was a fraction of previously announced figures.
 
The conference was organised by the government's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation under the chair of Chayaphon Thitisak.
 
The death toll was put at 15,488 in 2016.
 
But perhaps the most revealing statistics came from a survey conducted by Noppadol Kannika of "Superpoll" that asked Thai adults why there were so many road accidents.
 
While many mentioned driving conditions, road quality and poor drivers,  32.1% said it was just fate.
 
This however represented a drop from 2009 when more than half thought that way.
 
The October 2017 poll found that more than three quarters of the Thai population were closely affected by the carnage on the roads. That represents around 50 million people. 
 
While 96.6% of respondents believed it was time that the government spent more on the issue.
 
The survey polled 1196 people in 15 provinces. 
 
Nowhere in the Daily News article was the role of law enforcement, or the lack thereof, mentioned.
 
Source: Daily News
 
 
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Yes. The same third caught rubbing tree barks. Prime target for scammers and politicians.

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3 minutes ago, trogers said:

Yes. The same third caught rubbing tree barks. Prime target for scammers and politicians.

 

" Prime target for scammers and politicians."  Especially politicians.

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Yes and of course everybody believes the figures pronounced by the government  555

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Did anyone explain to them that number 1 in the world is only for when good things are achieved, fatalities on the road is certainly not intended to be included.

 

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A third of Thais believe road carnage is fate

.......... and the other 2 thirds lied about it so as not to appear silly

 

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7 hours ago, darksidedog said:

 

As for the figures on death and injuries, they are clearly more interested in playing down the numbers to avoid that number one most dangerous roads title, rather than being honest and trying to bring the numbers down.

 

"being honest" not really something the authorities care about too much here.....:thumbsup:

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The most absurd matter to be dealt with is that a tally was used to score 'FATE'. Indicates the light heartedness the death of Thais on Thai roads means to the people in charge.

 

No helmets, talking on the phone, speeding, reckless care to road rules, overloaded vehicles, trucks playing chicken on the road, Bangkok Taxi F1 type driving, buses exceeding speed limits, lack of use of seatbelts and many more does not add up to fate; its called stupidity. If TV wants to report on such incidents in the media, they too need to show more responsibility to cause and affect. Reporting as it is above is narrow minded and contributes to the stupidity that Fate has in road accidents. Go in the hospitals on a weekend night, sit there and watch the effect it has on families and hospital staff. Follow the incidents up two weeks later and let us know what happened to all involved.

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But we must not mock those who believe it's fate. That would lead to hurt feelings which evidently seem to be worth more than human lives. 

 

Was it Mark Twain who said something along the lines of, 'silly ideas cannot survive in a world where they face ridicule'?

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Bizarrely Thais believe in 'fate' but it's not part of Buddhism at all as 'karma' is dynamic and made up of choices. Choose to drink and drive etc.

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While many mentioned driving conditions, road quality and poor drivers,  32.1% said it was just fate.

 

That is just silly, everyone knows it's not fate, it's luck. I myself have strings on my gearshift, grab handles, mirror and steering wheel. I also have a drawing on my headliner, two Buddhist statues on my dash, as well as some dried flowers on the dash although I'm not sure how much the flowers help. At any rate I am practically invulnerable.....well perhaps I should buy an amulet for myself, then I would be good to go for sure.

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26 minutes ago, scorecard said:

 

How true, what's missing is national leadership to move attitudes way from the 'fate' concept.

 

Isn't it the self-interest of politicians to keep attitudes this way? Easier to bribe the masses.

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I think a committee should be formed to investigate why the fate of Thai road users is far worse than the rest of mankind!

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Just now, ramrod711 said:

While many mentioned driving conditions, road quality and poor drivers,  32.1% said it was just fate.

 

That is just silly, everyone knows it's not fate, it's luck. I myself have strings on my gearshift, grab handles, mirror and steering wheel. I also have a drawing on my headliner, two Buddhist statues on my dash, as well as some dried flowers on the dash although I'm not sure how much the flowers help. At any rate I am practically invulnerable.....well perhaps I should buy an amulet for myself, then I would be good to go for sure.

Don't forget the condom to protect the Little Head...

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