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Top idea! Pedestrians should photograph motorists stopping at zebra crossings as campaign kicks off!

 

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The Culture Ministry and the head of Thailand's Anti Drink Drive foundation think they have come up with the perfect way to change Thai driving behavior and make motorists stop for pedestrians at zebra crossings.

 

Take a picture with your smart phone when you spot someone stop for you. Then send it to the ministry or the foundation and they will find a way to reward the motorist.

 

Dr Thaejing Siripanich the secretary of the foundation was bigging up a joint campaign that kicks off today entitled "Zebra Crossings - Are they Safe?"

 

The good doctor, whose name literally means "it's really true", thinks that sending in pictures of motorists obeying the law will encourage good driving behavior.

 

The campaign will also be carrying out surveys in Bangkok and nationwide to check whether there is proper signage in place before zebra crossings warning motorists that one is coming up.

 

If there isn't proper signage they will endeavor to get that fixed.

 

Dr Thaejing said that motorists who don't stop face fines of 1,000 baht.

 

Thaivisa notes that today is March 9th. April 1st is in a little over three weeks.

 

Source: Daily News

 
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Encourage people to stand in the middle of the road with traffic whizzing past while they pull out their cell phone, open the camera and take a photo?

They think this is a top idea?  Can I have some of what Dr Siripanichis is smoking please?

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ONLY IN THAILAND  they should photograph motorists * NOT * STOPPING at crossings, want to try that again, ha ha, nah !! dont bother, you will end up on the bonnet of a vehicle, or much worse, get killed.

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52 minutes ago, webfact said:

sending in pictures of motorists obeying the law will encourage good driving behavior

Don't expect too many photos... 

 

Is absolutely every person in this country completely retarded? How do they get jobs?!

 

An effective, and proven, way to encourage good driving behaviour is to FINE, PUNISH and TAKE AWAY driver's licences of those motorists who don't obey the rules of the road! It works really well in other countries.

 

 

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21 minutes ago, djayz said:

Don't expect too many photos... 

 

Is absolutely every person in this country completely retarded? How do they get jobs?!

 

An effective, and proven, way to encourage good driving behaviour is to FINE, PUNISH and TAKE AWAY driver's licences of those motorists who don't obey the rules of the road! It works really well in other countries.

 

 

Are you trying to compare the Earth with Planet Thailand?

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They will quickly ditch this idea when they discover that only foreign drivers are the only ones stopping at zebra crossings.

 

Most, not all, but most Thais have no idea why these white lines are painted on their roads. All of this is based on the presumption that Thais have gone to driving school and have learned this particular law of the road.

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A foreigner here once told me that it isn't practical for drivers here to stop at zebra crossings because the traffic is so bad. He said it would just add more time to an already lengthy journey. My reply was, "if the traffic is bad, what harm does it cause stopping to let people cross? You're only gonna catch up with the traffic a few metres down anyway. Also, if the roads are free, then stopping also doesn't hurt". 

 

Thais love their hierarchical system. Ever noticed the motocy taxi guys with their picture board of drivers. The guy at the top and the people at the bottom. This also includes cars, bikes and pedestrians. Cars are number 1. Particularly expensive or large cars. Motorbikes follow and then you have bicycles (ever had someone ringing their cycle bell at you on the pavement to move out of the way?). Pedestrians are at the very bottom. 

 

Where I come from pedestrians are at the top. This is because they have no protection. They're walking and deserve praise for not taking their cars out, etc. There's logic to it. Here, there isn't any other logic other than, "I'm better than you". This isn't every driver but it certainly is many. 

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I used to slow down & stop at zebra crossings but my b/f would always shout at me to accelerate because the vehicles behind us would smash into us ...

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1 minute ago, mfd101 said:

I used to slow down & stop at zebra crossings but my b/f would always shout at me to accelerate because the vehicles behind us would smash into us ...

It’s called rear ended. I think.

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12 minutes ago, mfd101 said:

I used to slow down & stop at zebra crossings but my b/f would always shout at me to accelerate because the vehicles behind us would smash into us ...

And that is the basic problem and so true.

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Zebra x-ings are just plain dangerous, put in the Pelican X-ings and hope the vehicles will stop on the red lights, but not as they did on Pattaya Beach road ; when they had all of them turned on the traffic simply stopped..Starting with the school kids how about educating them to walk briskly across the road, not dawdle, Falangs are just as bad "Head Down" on their mobile phones.

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The only thing missing in missoura's photo is a beach covered in rubbish. That one shot shows nearly everything bad about the country. Walking across a road distracted  on a phone, infant child on a motorbike, no helmets on any Thai riders, Motorbike driver with virtually no control of the vehicle holding the child, Thai motorbike driver unable to signal properly. Stray dog on the road (possibly rabid), motorbike parked facing the  wrong way suggesting it was driven the wrong way up the road. Converted pick up truck to water tanker - suspension and brakes probably totally inadequate for carrying such a load. One cubic meter of water weighs 1 tonne. low hanging power cables ready for a high sided vehicle to drag down and electrocute passers by. Tourists set for a trip to hospital with excessive "road rash" due to inadequate clothing when on a motorbike. 

Any other stuff ?

 

 

 

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In defence of the motorist who wishes to stop, the paint on the vast majority of crossings in Thailand is either worn off or has become a medium grey against a dark grey road. So difficult to see whilst being alert to other dangers, especially at night. Are we supposed to remember them all?  No need for million dollar systems which are then turned off as in Pattaya  - just a flashing 'belisha' beacon as in the UK would suffice.

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

The good doctor, whose name literally means "it's really true", thinks that sending in pictures of motorists obeying the law will encourage good driving behavior.

 

 

That's means no pictures because nobody obeying this law 

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3 hours ago, markytarky said:

Zebra crossings on Thai roads are nothing more than a waste of paint. 

Zebra crossings in Thailand are worse than a mere waste of paint (although I agree with Markytarky that they are definitely that too): they are positively lethal for tourists and visitors to Thailand, who will likely believe that zebra crossings mean (as in civilised countries) that the pedestrian has full right of way.

 

How wrong such a belief is here - and it could cost an innocent visitor his life (especially from whizzing motorbikes, who are a law unto themselves) ...

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10 minutes ago, Eligius said:

Zebra crossings in Thailand are worse than a mere waste of paint (although I agree with Markytarky that they are definitely that too): they are positively lethal for tourists and visitors to Thailand, who will likely believe that zebra crossings mean (as in civilised countries) that the pedestrian has full right of way.

 

How wrong such a belief is here - and it could cost an innocent visitor his life (especially from whizzing motorbikes, who are a law unto themselves) ...

Frighteningly true :sad:

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Seriously goes to show how 'Ar$e backwards' this country is.

Motorists have absolutely 'No Fear' of breaking the law (due to virtually zero consequences), but need to be rewarded for doing exactly what the law requires them to do, in the first place.

There is NO hope for this place :whistling:

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