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Thai road carnage: deaths top 7,000 this year

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Nah, don't need all that heavy stuff, here on Samui 4 (four) die every day (yearly average) in motorbike accidents (mind you: death on the spot, all the ones dying later in hospital not accounted for)! Considering the size of the island and its reduced road infrastructure, this must be a, sad, national record. No idea how many casualties among pedestrians and people travelling with 4 or more wheels, ...in addition!

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11 minutes ago, wisperone said:

Just shows the lack of value they put on their own life and possessions. Never mind others lives and possessions.

 

'They,'

 

Isn't it great when someone refers to the entire population of a country as 'they?'

 

Or is it dismissive and xenophobic? I get confused.....

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11 hours ago, Orton Rd said:

Do they still count those dying later or on the way to Hospital as 'injured' and only those dead at the scene as fatalities? 7K sound a bit on the low side.

It's great to just look at the pictures, but the information you ask for is actually in the extremely short article.

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Lack of proper driver education and lack of police enforcement is Thailand’s solution to population control.

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24 minutes ago, Traubert said:
36 minutes ago, wisperone said:

Just shows the lack of value they put on their own life and possessions. Never mind others lives and possessions.

 

'They,'

 

Isn't it great when someone refers to the entire population of a country as 'they?'

 

Or is it dismissive and xenophobic? I get confused.....

If you had bothered to read the post being referred to, you would see that it was in regards to people running red lights, etc...not a entire country. Seems like you are cherry picking and perhaps the xenophobic.

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2 hours ago, Artisi said:

don't forget to keep an eye behind for all those driving on the wrong side of the road.

if one of them's a petite Thai lady with a 2 year old Luk Kreung boy on her lap, both in shorts and without helmets, tell them not to forget to get me some Leo. 

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21 minutes ago, joecoolfrog said:

Sad to say but it really is not a priority , dead 'peasants' are not a major concern to those who weald power.

Bingo.

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11 hours ago, Yinn said:

 

 

pakistan, India, China, Nigeria, Congo, Russia, Brazil and USA have more road deaths than Thailand. A lot.

 

 

 

 

I don't know where you got that !!!

 

for 100 000 death rate in 2017 :

 

Pakistan : 13,64

India : 15,83

China : 19,06

Congo : 25,04

Russia : 18,75

Brazil : 22,58

USA : 10,91

 

Thailand : 35,66

I don't have Nigeria

Only Lybia is really much worse !

 

 

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16 hours ago, darksidedog said:

No surprises here, as accidents will happen on a very regular basis, when a significant chunk of those using the roads really shouldn't be.  I used to think that many motorists here were just plain rude, ignorant and selfish, but I now believe it is just that they really have very little or no spatial awareness of others. It is the same in 7/11 or the supermarket, where they stand in the middle of an aisle blocking it, totally unaware someone is behind them, so it is the same on the roads. They seem so preoccupied with doing their thing, they don't comprehend that they need to take other vehicles into consideration. That and driving around drunk and at crazy speeds all combine to produce such terrible casualty statistics. Drive super carefully folks, lets not add to the numbers.

They have no capacity to think-only on the most level, no including common sense because it not common here-it’s honestly shocking 

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This is why I’m sticking to bts/mrt and avoid driving. Increases live expectancy by 20 years if living in Thailand. 

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First step in reducing this horrific daily death toll: get a police force that 'Serves and Protects'.

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20 hours ago, ezzra said:

I have come to realise that traffic road rules enforcement is pretty much selective, meaning, you will find the biggest concentrations of police  in places where foreigners and well to do locals driving, like Pattaya and other destination populated by the above, thus more revenues and bribes, while the majority of up country rural roads are pretty much deserted save for a road block here and there and there where's most of the deaths occurred, why is it so and under whose watch this is happening? this is a question for the the ages and answer is blowing in the wind...

Traffic enforcement in Thailand is based purely on revenue opportunity and has absolutely nothing to do with safety management..  The whole law enforcement economical structure depends on tea money collection that EVERY member - right to the top man - benefits from.

 

It is only natural that "harvesting" takes place on the richest fields - tourist locations produce the biggest yeids.

 

Promises by General Nuisance and his short, fat off-sider to eliminate corruption in Thailand are nothing but hot air.  They have absolutely no intention of making any changes in the back-bone of the Thai economy. and diverting revenue-collectors over to safety enforcement roles  would be a bad economic move

 

Thailand will not change in our lifetime.  Corruption at all levels will continue.  Military coupes will continue.  People will die in large numbers on Thai roads - - - - - .

 

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Posted (edited)

As a motorcyclist,  I have some protocols I have taken up to better my chances of survival.

 

#1  ATTGAT   I wear all of my protective gear all of the time.   Helmet, gloves, boots CE2 rated jacket,  heavy trousers.

 

#2  I do not ride after dark

#3  I installed a LOUD horn and use it.

#4 I have installed bright led floods and use them at all times

#5  I have developed a special parabolic rearview mirror which mounts in the lee of my windshield that gives me a look at my blindspots without taking my eyes off of the road in front of me.

#6   If I spot someone that is obviously going to drive up my tailpipe,  I let them pass me by.  

#7   I always check for the idiot that is going the wrong way or riding upstream before I pull out on a roadway.

8.)  when stopped in traffic I keep my fwd wheel pointed in a direction that will allow the bike  to be bumped forward and into the slot left open between vehicls/obstacles.   So that when an idiot slams into the back of me,  I won't get smashed between their vehicle and the car in front of me.

9. I always cross intersections by hedging my bet. using the car or truck along side myself (keeping them on the upstream side)   So when the idiot blows the intersection,  they have to hit the car I am getting across with before they hit me.

10.)  I telegraph my stops by blinking my tail light like morse code.  

11.)   don't be the first guy through an intersection and don't be the last.

12.)  I do not drink.

 

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