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BANGKOK 25 March 2019 19:36
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Motorbike driver killed after SUV runs red light in Koh Kaew, Phuket

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Nothing new about this (the running of Red Lights). Put up camaras and confiscate vehicles/crush .

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6 hours ago, seajae said:

when police refuse to enforce the laws and thais dont really care to follow the road rules what chance is there for those that do the right thing. Every time you go out on the road you take your life in your hands due to the total lack of common sense of thai riders/drivers, few if any even know the road rules let alone follow them, its all me me  me, total lack of patience, dont want to have to wait for others even at red lights, police dont give a sh*t and just hide in their offices or are the crap drivers/riders causing the accidents by not following the road rules. Thai drivers know the police wont pull them over so dont do the right  thing, will not change until the police are forced to actually go out and police the roads

There are mobile, traffic police.

There are radar traffic enforcement police.

There are special detail traffic, mobile enforcement police.  

All are unheard of in Thailand...except for the occassional photo ops to show off some new toys. The toys are then put away and the the world of "Mad Max" roadways resumes as usual.

Edited by Benmart

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7 hours ago, LivinginKata said:

Ahhhh- thank goodness someone from PHUKET posted on this story. 😊

 

I see we are getting the 'elsewhere in the Universe ' commentators again.

 

It baffles me how the cops could even be contemplating charges against the driver when the bike rider was ghost riding. 

Edited by Psimbo

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Once in my early days in Thailand with a previous gf, me as her pillion rider, she nonchalantly drove thorough a red light. When I pointed this out to her, her response was ..... "oops".

 

As for intersection crashes (not accidents), defensive driving could avoid most of these. My eyes are in full scan mode when entering/crossing an intersection or traveling past a side street, a proactive habit that has served me well and avoided many mishaps.

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22 hours ago, keith101 said:

I see Thai drivers every time i go out running red lights from motorbikes to trucks the just dont want to wait or there on the mobile .

I often wonder if these drivers who run red lights have no driving licence and, therefore, would not have taken the compulsory colour blindness test.

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Only yesterday I sat down and explained darwins theory of natural selection.she actually took it in and said it's a great idea and will help Thailand in the future.😃

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In the media there are two different versions of this accident. One states the pickup ran a red light, the other that the bike rider was "ghosting".

Obviously I have nothing better to do, so I checked the scene on Google Earth.  It's inconclusive which of the versions is correct, but during my checking I identified at least 5 riders going the wrong way just there.

In this screen grab you can see two coming out of a side street, very close to the accident scene, and turning against traffic. 

ghost.JPG

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