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BANGKOK 26 March 2019 09:35
rooster59

Get tough measures aim to reduce road death toll among motorcyclists by 50%

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10 hours ago, hotchilli said:

Don't bother, the average Thai doesn't want the inconvenience of having to pass a test, get a licence or obey any road laws.. they're quite happy with the status quo,  having the freedom to do as they wish, go where they want when they want and are also happy with the consequences of accidents including the chances of an untimely death...

They also know that police are quick to pass knee jerk laws but slow to enforce them.

As we all saw from a recent post watching a helpful policeman tie a young child to it's father & allow them to ride away without even a helmet between them !!!!

Thais don't want road laws, they want to be left alone to as they wish.. aided by a lazy police force!

And to a certain extent I agree with them!

 

The extremely foolish get killed off very quickly and, certainly here on Phuket, it's far from easy to get a license.  It is necessary to drive your 'bike to the licensing centre (at the Northern end of the of the Island - and bear in mind you don't have a license to do so...), then go back some time later (still without a license) to finalise the effort!

 

The fact that the 'theory' part is in Thai hardly helps....

 

Like everyone else I always wonder 'what on earth are their parents thinking' when I see kids on 'bikes - but at the end of the day, the 'kids' turn out to be fairly 'predictable' bad drivers - unlike tourists who are unpredictable bad drivers, as they for some obscure reason think they can drive like the Thais....

 

In short, I give tourists on 'bikes a far wider berth than Thais.

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I guess there going to seize half the motor bikes and replace them with push bikes that should do the trick:cheesy:

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On 8/18/2018 at 9:16 AM, rooster59 said:

The committee have looked at riders, vehicles, roads, environmental conditions and laws. 

...but not law enforcement.

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On 8/18/2018 at 9:24 AM, seajae said:

so how about enforcing the road rules, stopping them from weaving through the traffic, make them indicate, stop at red lights, give way, no more riding the wrong way along a road, these actions would save a hell of a lot seeing most ignore the road rules anyway, they seem to think that being on a bike allows them to do as they please

And at the same time apply the same provisions to car drivers

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On 8/18/2018 at 10:21 AM, Dmaxdan said:

Rather controversially, I genuinely believe that the local custom of getting new motorbikes (and cars) blessed by monks plays a big part in Thai road safety. Many Thais actually believe that they are untouchable once they have had string tied around their handlebars. There are also a huge number who believe that accidents only happen to other people!! 

Thailand needs to wake up and smell the coffee and to realise that world is constantly evolving and sometimes old traditions become outdated. 

 

 

 

Its a cultural thing. What do you expect when they are not taught to think at school.....then you give them a motorbike..<deleted>

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7 hours ago, 0815 said:

Create a license to feel responsibility, teach them to drive only when sober and without anger....
Job done !

With the best intention on my part. Have you been here long?

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Will the bike lanes prevent them from weaving in and out of traffic??

the problem is lack of enforcement and unless you are bringing in an entirely new police force this will not change.

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