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Stop road repairs at New Year - latest brainwave as 16 million prepare for potential carnage

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Stop road repairs at New Year - latest brainwave as 16 million prepare for potential carnage

 

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Meet the brains behind this year's proposals to stop the annual carnage on the Thai roads.

 

They are officials from the Communications Ministry led by chief Arkhom Termpithayaphaisit.

 

They have been talking up their 7-7-7 plan to promote safety and help the public.

 

The numbers relate to the before, during and after periods of seven days starting December 21st and ending January 10th.

 

As usual the devil is in the details and Daily News reported a series of measures.

 

Firstly Arkhom has targeted 61 roads nationwide to concentrate his efforts.

 

These have been chosen based on having the most carnage last year, the greatest death and destruction in the last 1-3 years or just from the fact that lots of tourists use them.

 

The Japanese communications ministry is helping out on 12 of these routes though exactly what they will do was not clear.

 

Arkhom has also ordered all building and repair work at 200 points nationwide to stop from the 28th of December to the 3rd of January. It is hoped that more space will be freed up to help with traffic flow.

 

PTT gas stations are also on board helping with space at their facilities to make the scheme a success.

 

The ministry expects 16 million people to be on the move with many going home up country for the holidays. There will be 141,000 bus journeys and 5,205 trains.

 

Thaivisa notes that unusually in such stories, no one mentioned targets for limiting the death or injury from road accidents.

 

Source: Daily News

 
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18 minutes ago, webfact said:

Arkhom has also ordered all building and repair work at 200 points nationwide to stop from the 28th of December to the 3rd of January. It is hoped that more space will be freed up to help with traffic flow.

 

With ingenious ideas like this, surely these 3 should be running the country ! :giggle:

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19 minutes ago, webfact said:

Thaivisa notes that unusually in such stories, no one mentioned targets for limiting the death or injury from road accidents.

 

I find that targets and goals just interfere with wishes and dreams.  

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driving thai roads is like playing a lottery.. most win but some do not...its that simple and all the good intentions this new dog and pony show proposes, will not change the fact thais refuse to obey any law if they can go around it...

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They are clearly missing the point that a large chunk of drivers on the roads here have absolutely no clue whatsoever about how to actually drive. Drink driving, driver fatigue, reckless driving and speeding are considered OK by way too many, so don't expect the fatalities to drop significantly, while these issues are not being addressed.

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49 minutes ago, webfact said:

The Japanese communications ministry is helping out on 12 of these routes though exactly what they will do was not clear.

Just like their Thai counterparts, then.

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53 minutes ago, darksidedog said:

They are clearly missing the point that a large chunk of drivers on the roads here have absolutely no clue whatsoever about how to actually drive. Drink driving, driver fatigue, reckless driving and speeding are considered OK by way too many, so don't expect the fatalities to drop significantly, while these issues are not being addressed.

and i believe the roots are cultural; thais have trouble respecting order;

to a typical thai, the only 'good' order is their own personal order; 

such high degrees of self-centeredness preclude acknowledging others on the road

and result in low degrees of safety

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1 hour ago, darksidedog said:

They are clearly missing the point that a large chunk of drivers on the roads here have absolutely no clue whatsoever about how to actually drive. Drink driving, driver fatigue, reckless driving and speeding are considered OK by way too many, so don't expect the fatalities to drop significantly, while these issues are not being addressed.

By targeting clueless drivers would be an admission that their licence testing system is a failure....and they sure won't admit that!

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2 hours ago, YetAnother said:

and i believe the roots are cultural; thais have trouble respecting order;

to a typical thai, the only 'good' order is their own personal order; 

such high degrees of self-centeredness preclude acknowledging others on the road

and result in low degrees of safety

And, for some reason, a superiority complex. It all adds up to a lethal combination.

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what? they mean that the usual mob of rent-a-cops in plastic tents playing on their phones aren't having an effect on the road toll?

 

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They should UP road construction as Bangkok proves it’s more difficult to have deadly accidents when the car is not moving. 

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All this 777 is going to do is fill the road blocks with corrupt cops stoping the tourists for 21 days . More of this crud .

 

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No doubt sites where the road works are to be halted over new year will be adequately coned, protected, barricaded and lit with plenty of prior notification that there is potential danger ahead.

 

Education, education, education, education and even more education!!!!!

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Officials from the Communications Ministry this must be a retirement post right ? they must be the ones that think its a great idea to chuck out a few cones in the fast lane with absolutely no advanced warning of workers cutting weeds on the central reservation.

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