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Road accidents getting worse! Eight per cent increase on last year

 

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INN reported yet more bad news on Thailand's roads.

 

Already named as the most dangerous place on earth to drive it has now been announced by the Highways Department that there were 8% more accidents in June this year compared to the same month last year.

 

And worse - there were 4% more deaths too.

 

However, there were 6% less injuries.

 

The Highways Department blamed speeding for most of the trouble.

 

They said 65% involved excessive speed followed by 8% nodding off at the wheel and 6% not judging distances resulting in cutting in front of others dangerously.

 

The department reported 135 deaths in June.

 

Thaivisa notes that this is just a fraction of the actual death toll because it is just those deaths that occur on roads under the jurisdiction of the Highways Department.

 

The real figure is likely to be in the region of 1,500 - 2000 fatalities per month on all of Thailand's roads.

 

Source: INN

 
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It is a sobering thought, but I drove for nearly fourty years in the UK and Europe, and saw the immediate aftermath of perhaps 3 fatal accidents in all that time. I've been driving here for 5 years and I must have seen a dozen.

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19 minutes ago, webfact said:

And worse - there were 4% more deaths too.

 

However, there were 6% less injuries.

However! these figures are maybe pointing out something 

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More cars,more drivers on the road that can barely drive ,more road rage,

= more accidents and deaths,its a simple formula. 

regards worgeordie

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24 minutes ago, webfact said:

The department reported 135 deaths in June.

Well that figure accounts for the first two days....

 

25 minutes ago, webfact said:

The real figure is likely to be in the region of 1,500 - 2000 fatalities per month on all of Thailand's roads.

And this figure will never actually be made official.

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Were it not for the craziness I see everyday, I would have trouble believing the figures. I ask myself will they ever learn and the answer appears to be that, No, they won't. That number one most dangerous roads title seems safely in Thailand's hands for a long time to come.

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Somchai, comes through every time.

Got to keep  that top slot world wide. 

The worst  Drivers / Riders in the world,  good job boys  :thumbsup:

 

And they keep the charcoal makers in business, 

and the Saffron boys in new robes.  win win. :jap:

  

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If there is no enforcement of speed limits then it's a race track for both bikes and cars it's that simple.

If there not going to enforce then the only thing that's going to save lives is a massive traffic jam ? 

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One must ask why is the traffic situation so bad here, when it comes to safety, and fatalities? There are many reasons. I would start with the police. I seriously doubt the police have first aid training. That would be defined as a public service. There is one aspect of this, that always has to be taken into account. I think most Thais get it. But most foreigners do not. The police here own franchises. They are franchisees. They are not law enforcement officials. They rarely engage in law enforcement, traffic safety, or public safety. They are not here for the benefit of the people, and they are not here to keep us safe. They are here to collect. That is basically all they do. with a few exceptions. If you need to give them an official title, it would be that of a revenue collection agent. Only it is their own account, that they represent.

 

Always remember one thing. The police here are not engaged in law enforcement. They are revenue collection agents, and they each have their own franchise. Nobody will ever touch them. They are protected at he highest levels. They do as they please, and Thailand remains a relatively lawless state. 

 

If driving, especially on a motorbike, treat the activity as an act of war, in a sense that you may be mowed down or killed at any moment. Maintain eyes in the back of your head. Watch everyone. Expect craziness, insanity, lack of reason, and a complete lack of courtesy and respect on the roads, at all times. Expect cars and trucks to be coming at you in the wrong lane. Expect people to overtake you with the slimmest of margins.
Expect trucks to be driving very slowly in the fast lane of a highway. If riding a motorbike, only do so if you have many years of experience. Especially on the southern islands, where huge numbers of foreigners leave Thailand in a wooden box. Wear the best helmet you can afford. And drive like a grandmother. This applies to ex-pats too. Bring along an international drivers license. This helps you to avoid being fleeced by the local police franchisee.

 

The police only show up after the accident takes place. There is nothing in the way of traffic safety on the roads, or on the highways. Those traffic stops are all about weapons, drugs and handouts. Nothing to do with safety. I suppose there is no money in traffic safety. However, if they levied real fines for speeding over 120kph, for reckless driving, making severely quick lane changes, etc, there would be some money to be made, and the highways would be safer. 

 

Just a few days ago, I was driving along at about 110kph, on a good, straight stretch of highway. A safe speed. And some joker cuts in front of me with his pickup truck. Within two meters in front of me, then slams on his brakes. I guess he never stopped to look at the lane he was cutting into to see that there was no room for him! I slammed on my brakes to avoid the numnut, and barely missed him. Would have been a horrific crash. Why? What was the point of him changing lanes? Why didn't he look first? Who changes lanes without looking first, when they are doing over 100 kph? Why so little regard for his wife, and for others? Where does that mentality come from? Why do Thais seem so polite, yet when they get into a car, everything they have ever learned in life goes right out the window? Why so little in the way of common sense, reason, and the ability to be careful and maintain some vision? Why such idiocy? The apparent lack of skill and peripheral awareness on the road here is very scary.

 

 Real men do what is necessary to save lives. Kids and highly underdeveloped people make promises, tell lies and engage in deflection.

 

Little P.  - Moving Thailand backwards at a breath taking, alarming, and astonishing pace. 

 

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