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BANGKOK 25 March 2019 12:19
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Jaywalkers ignore Pattaya traffic lights, for good reason

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Some time ago, a little while after the pedestrian crossings were installed along Beach Road, it was found that Thai drivers totally ignored the RED stop light.

The high tech answer to this issue was to have people standing at the crossings waving a red f lag when the drivers were supposed to stop on the RED.

However, after a period of time, these gainfully employed people were removed from this duty and the lights were left to fall into a state of disrepair through lack of Maintainance / lack of funds etc

If you are going to stop at the pedestrian crossings first slow down and put on hazard warning lights before stopping . This seems to work for me.

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11 sets of pedestrian crossing lights between soi 6 and Walking Street, 7 of them malfunctioning.  I've just counted them.

Why can't the authorities get a few of their staff/contractors trained on fixing them? The electronics are probably modular, and hardly rocket science.

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Given that cars don't stop, it's all fair?

I was on beach road:
Pressed button
Waited for light.
Watched the cars go thorough the red light until one stopped
I started to cross
Peeked behind the car and pulled head back in time to avoid being hit by Speedy Gonzales on his motorbike.

It's safer to cross when there is no light. Moving cars are less of a blind spot.

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It's dangerous for pedestrians for a car to stop at the lights. It gives them a false sense of security. They walk across and get hit by vehicles that don't.

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Yup, many moons ago I was crossing Asoke in BKK at the light near Rutnin hospital (they were working back then). Two lanes of cars in both directions had stopped.

 

Safe to cross? Of course not I just got to the middle of the road when a bike taxi (with passenger) buzzed up the middle. He just clipped me leaving a nice bruise, however the resulting direction change made him hit the front of a taxi waiting at the light.

 

I fled the scene just as the taxi driver had the moto chap in a headlock.

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