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Boring,so what - just another copy and paste road accident article. Couldn’t be bothered to read another Groundhog Day article that no one cares about.

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8 hours ago, sammieuk1 said:

That's 48 kids a day slaughtered all day everyday aided by a useless inept bunch of morons masquerading as a government🤔

To some extent yes but aided by a bunch of Thai drivers, generally male,  to whom manslaughter is a free to play hobby.

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7 hours ago, Andre0720 said:

“We need to educate parents about the risk of motorcycles. Children should be encouraged to use proper school buses instead,” he said. 

This is so much of a silly comment. The need to educate... There are some pre-requisites to this: Become civilised, meaning having moral values, such as caring for other people's life and well being, become responsible, taking responsibility for one's own actions, having a system of coercion conducive to these pre-requisites.

So why not looking at some systems that farang countries have developed, Enacting laws, enforcing them, applying hefty penalties for not complying etc.

 

An indian Guru had a teaching about responsibility. Explaining that responsibility, means ability to respond.

If one has the ability to respond to a situation, and does not, this or these individuals are responsible for the outcome.

 

Now we read that 'the Public Health Ministry and the Road Accident Victims Protection Company show that 17,634 children on average had died annually from road accidents between 2013 and 2017.'

 

Now who would be responsible for that? Who could respond to that and does not? Who is responsible for all these deaths?

Now we are back to pre-requisite number one, becoming civilised, having moral values, feeling heartbroken when someone dies, adult or child, and thinking that more most be done to stop this carnage... Anyone who could have responded by taking action to reduce the speed of vehicles on the roads, and did not. Etc etc etc.

 

Parents do not set proper examples or educate their children in these matters because they are uneducated, seemingly unaware, and definitely irresponsible themselves. And when those children (if they live long enough) become parents, so will the situation remain. 

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9 hours ago, Inn Between said:

Perhaps if laws were enforced with fines escalating in price for each subsequent infraction, the situation would work itself out. Everyday we can see underage kids who obviously have no license and wearing no helmet ride by cops who seem to forget what their job is supposed to be.

 

So, my message to the Thai cops is to start doing their jobs and save some lives. 

 

The problem is that those cops were raised up (by grand Parents,  who have'nt seen any helmet so far) not wearing helmets and using a bike as early age as possible. 

If you want to change those habits you will have to start in Kindergarten. And you have to invest in better education of any kind of teachers. (including Parents) 

Then in 2 or 3 generations from now there might be a change. 

A good example is Vietnam. No bikers without helmets. 

Why? 1. Law enforcement. 2. Seizing the bikes. Mission accomplished. 

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9 hours ago, sammieuk1 said:

That's 48 kids a day slaughtered all day everyday aided by a useless inept bunch of morons masquerading as a government🤔

What about the kids stupid parents who hand the keys to their underage children?

With the exception of the police, they are more to blame than anyone.

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The majority of Thais listen to their Monks, should not the Monks endeavour, or do they find it's a waste of time, to try and convince Adults that their children should not be permitted to use "Their" Motorcycles.   The Monks may be able to convince the Police that a major part of their job, considering the amount of Deaths, "+17,000 children die each year from Motorcycle related accidents", that their Job as a policeman, is to enforce the Law that they have at their disposal?    Maybe the influx of 'Profit' the Insurance Companies are to gain from the New Rule for Farrangs could go towards supplying Helmets to young Thais, should the police be are unable to do their Job, for whatever reason?

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4 hours ago, Bangkok Barry said:

 

You are half-right. The crackdown was on people riding in the truck bed, not about transporting kids to and from school.

I think kids fall under the category of people.

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3 hours ago, Kurtf said:

You fail to recognize the main reason the Thai police\government doesn’t enforce road rules/laws is that this is the  the Thai  method of population control.

Any proof of that?

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3 hours ago, Captain 776 said:

Helmet Laws should be STRICTLY ENFORCED~!!

 

I cringe every time I see toddler or young kid standing up on the seat between Mom n Dad.

 

Need serious penalties for NO HELMET......make it sting

Any time there has been proposals to increase fines for driving offences there has been public outcry.

The people simply don't want it. 

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+30,000 funerals for Road Deaths only, how much does a funeral cost on average and who gets what of that amount.  Sure, I'm trying to be very careful what i have said here. 😞

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We have to look into the thai psyche to understand why there is less regard for their personal safety. 

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Sorry just unable to understand folk laying the government to book.  When in heavens name will PEOPLE TAKE ACTION AND PRACTICE SELF-RESPONSIBILITY are people that mentality disabled ???  

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53 minutes ago, Phredd said:

+30,000 funerals for Road Deaths only, how much does a funeral cost on average and who gets what of that amount.  Sure, I'm trying to be very careful what i have said here. 😞

 

The only people who make a profit are monks. Now there's a surprise! In my experience out in the boondocks, villagers pay an amount (very small) into a fund, and that is used to cover expenses when someone dies. A kind of informal insurance scheme.
When my father-in-law died we spent a huge sum on food and drink for several days of the mourning period and I was afraid what it was costing me, but we actually ended up making a small profit what with the scheme and people giving small donations in pink (not brown!) envelopes.
It was the temple which really profited from it, with the days of chanting beside the coffin and the service and cremation. The small profit we made went to the temple too. Temples are a business and do nothing for nothing.

 

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17,000 young and innocent lives cut short by a total lack of care or commitment to safety by the Thai government.

Just how do you manage to sleep at night with these dreadful figures hanging over you ?

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1 hour ago, hobz said:

I think kids fall under the category of people.

 

Clever of you to know that, but the aborted crackdown was on people (which as you smartly point out includes kids) riding in the back, whereas no action has ever been proposed (to my knowledge) concerning kids riding in the back on school runs.
Also, the cancelled crackdown applied only to Songkran 2018 and was proposed to reduce the number of road deaths in that period. The people protested on the grounds that money trumped safety and they did not want to spend a few hundred baht on buses but preferred to play Russian Roulette on the roads. This was good news to the police, as it meant they didn't have to do anything and challenge those endangering their own lives, although they probably felt it in their pockets.
The ultimate form of democracy, I suppose. The government listened to the people and allowed them the right to put their lives in danger if they wished. The very opposite of the nanny state, a facet of Thailand that so appeals to many Westerners here. 

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