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Kids on motorcycles! Drove back from shopping yesterday at school chucking out time. At other times of the day motorbikes are being driven slowly by adults around here. At school closing time one notices that the motorbikes are being ridden at least twice as fast by schoolkids. Helmets?  Don't make me laugh! Nearest police are twenty Ks away garnering tea money. Surprised that the death rate is so low!

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The problem is partly due to the idiotic religious belief many here have that you will die when it's your fate to die. So that driving pissed up with no helmet and texting will only kill you if you are meant to die, nothing to do with how dangerous your behaviour is.

Relatives bf recently wiped out by a lorry, 'not him fault' Found out he had no helmet, no lights on the bike and a good chance he was speeding and drunk. They need to start educating the kids, it's too late by the time they leave School.

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Father in flip flops and shorts riding the bike, behind him a 1 1/2 year holding to his waist, behind him the mother with a 6 month old in her arm. No one wears a helmet. Every evening at 6:30 (main traffic) they go shopping. When I saws it first, I was shocked and felt the urge to talk to them very polite, they gave me a look that said: f#*k off! Every day I wait for the news: they won't come back anymore...

Btw- I rode more than 200.000 km on big bikes throughout Asia and had only 1 accident (knocked off the bike by a 19 year old in a Honda Jazz running a red light in Bangkok)

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'has cautioned parents against buying motorcycles for their teenager' !!!

How many are not even in their teens never mind actually legally old enough to drive!!😡😡😡😡

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If Thai parents saw that caring for their children’s safety ( which includes wearing helmets, being a proper age with a “real” driver’s license, following proper driving rules) was a “good merit” gesture for Buddhism, maybe they would be more serious about this issue; for, making good merit seems to be a religious priority for them. 

(And forget the police... I never see them enforcing safety on the roads.)

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4 minutes ago, Orton Rd said:

The problem is partly due to the idiotic religious belief many here have that you will die when it's your fate to die. So that driving pissed up with no helmet and texting will only kill you if you are meant to die, nothing to do with how dangerous your behaviour is.

 

First intelligent post in this thread. All this righteous bluster about police insouciance, tell me... what kind of police state would it take to stop kids upcountry too bored of the online games from proving their fearlessness by racing up and down the local streets of every hamlet around Thailand? Ever occur to you grumpy knuckleheads how many cops you'd need in order to monitor *all* or even most of the country roads these kids kill themselves on? Cameras, you say? Kids will just cover up their plates.

 

Tragic as it is, there is no fixing this problem because teenage kids need some stimulation, they need a way to get the girls' attention. The only activities that check both those boxes are soccer and driving the motorbike mommy bought for them in a way that makes people notice them.

 

There will be hand-wringing in editorials and cursory measures taken by different levels of govt to maintain the charade of interest in the problem. Bet the mortgage these statistics won't change appreciably, ever. You can't force kids whose programming is predeterminism to suddenly take measures to protect and value their own lives more.

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It's all about money or the lack of for the poorer members of their society. Those who can afford helmets but don't buy are those who don't care, unfortunately. It is a cultural/religious problem. 🤔 

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Check out the gaze on the mom in the foreground. Does she not look like she intends to mow somebody down?

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acting out their fantasy of living out of their favourite video game:

 

'Lemmings' image.gif.f736b974c4fc66607dcaaf8320ac1562.gif that's why this will never end!

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4 hours ago, Inn Between said:

I think the only way the Thai gov't is going to get serious about enforcing helmets is if some big shot's kid dies as result of not wearing one. But the rich don't ride around on scooters, so that's not going to happen. 

 

Actually the use of helmets has risen over the years. I started visiting here in 1998 in the good old days I would say to see a Thai wearing a helmet was worthy of a party. As the years passed more helmets appeared as well as more road blocks to bust them for not wearing a helmet. The helmets went from the basket to their heads, yes there still fools who refuse to wear a helmet but what can you do about stupid. The group that cracks me up are the tourist who rent a bike but then want to be like Thais and not wear a helmet and here I thought farangs were smarter than Thais.

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Just off to the Police station to finalize our case of 'careless driving', kid on a bike driving down the wrong side of the road slammed into us when turning right. He had no helmet, flip flops and we found out later he's always drunk- our fault apparently. Tried to point out to one and all the connection between dangerous conduct on the roads like this and the appalling death rate of bike riders- blank looks all round including the Police. Is there any hope for these people?

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One word - sickening.

 

Shame on this country and it's 'government' - always struggle to keep a striaght face when using that word to describe this bunch of feckless pocket-lining c***s.

 

If needlessly slaughtering their own future by a rate of nearly 50 a day isn't enough to wake up them up then what is? Shameful, it's just another reason why I'll soon be leaving (and taking my family with me) for more enlightened parts. 😞 

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You have parents buying kids a bike knowing they are under age, I know of one right now so the daughter can get to school although I did see her with a helmet on

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5 hours ago, Inn Between said:

I think the only way the Thai gov't is going to get serious about enforcing helmets is if some big shot's kid dies as result of not wearing one. But the rich don't ride around on scooters, so that's not going to happen. 

 

so why you write what you have written....

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3 hours ago, arithai12 said:

sorry, which safe buses?

Yes indeed. Many here in rural Issan would do better heading to a scrap yard rather than a school!

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