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Thai road carnage: deaths top 7,000 this year

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4 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.

Yes, what’s with the congregating at Escalators Entry’s , and they all look like their jumping a chasm 

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3 hours ago, bluesofa said:

I believe in the power of Beer Leo, that gets me out of the damned awareness cycle, but only temporarily.

 

3 hours ago, Justgrazing said:

Yeah but only Lao Khao can bring true immortality for the locals .. 

Drink more Leo then.

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

highlighted tailgating as a particular problem

Wrong!!! The "particular problem" is Thai's driving on the road ... period.

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Time to bring in speed cameras on all roads, especially up country. The powers that be will make a fortune. If it hits these crazy drivers pockets hard, and has their car taken away, maybe  we will see some change. 

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'highlighted tailgating as a particular problem'. I always thought crashing was the main problem

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4 hours ago, spidermike007 said:

The only way to survive here on the road, is to be patient, have eyes in the back of your head, drive with caution, and always, and I mean always watch out of the other guy

I've taken it a step further, I don't drive here. I stay in BKK, take the BTS or MRT. Yes I am missing out on some of the splendor that is Thailand. All day from my window I watch pedestrians run across Rama IV when they have the light. Then on the green light for the traffic the motorcycles race off at speeds that will either kill you or leave you permanently disabled it they hit you. All this just to get to the next red light. The last time I drove in Thailand was 2014, from the airport to Buriram. Driving has become a liability. Don't even get me started on the white vans.

 

I once heard a psychologist say that some people drive reckless because driving is the only power they imagine they have, especially in societies where they cannot freely express their opinions or have any power through voting or any other means. So for them when they are in a car no one can tell them what to do. Wonder if that's what happening here and if so what can be done about it?

 

 

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2 hours ago, Sonhia said:

This is Thialand. Thai cannot do wrong or want to heed warning. Sad as it, but Thai are what they are, above all other living beings and reasoning.

 

How about more effective law enfoecement? I recently visited a police station; to pay yet another TEA MONEY FARANG FINE, and whilst in the police station waiting to be ripped off yet again, I read a poster saying "TO SERVE AND PROTECT". What a joke!!!

 

Much better road management?

Trafic wardens deployed?

More professional plus regular vehicle road safety checks?

Much harder driving tests?

Etc Etc Etc......

 

But none of the above will happen. Take the manditory speed limit of 80 Kph for those crazy idiot VIP (JOKE) mini vans! They hurtle along at much faster speeds than 80 Kph, passing traffic police with no action being taken by the police!

 

This morning in Jomtien, a crazyed lunatic lorry driver with a cargo load almost falling out from the rear of the lorry, was flying along Road 2 beeping his horn at all other road users to get out of his way! Yet another uncommon sight to wittness in the land of Paradise.

 

T.I.T Nothing matters because no one cares. UP TO ME, I DONT CARE, is the favoured attitude. 

 

Take the recent stupidity demonstarted by Thai taxi driver gangs in Bangkok fighting on a public road during day light hours! This is Thailand showing the rest of the world the true Thai mentallity. I recall Thai setting upon a British family, caught on CCTV, with one Thai male kicking a retired Britsh lady in the head whist she was on the floor even after being beaten to the ground by a Thai thug! T.I.T 

 

Agression plus confrontaton is in their make-up. Thai cannot even talk to each other 2 feet apart without shouting!!!

 

T.I.T

Have you thought about contacting the Guinness Book of World Records. They might have a category for "most irrelevant Thai bashes in a single post". You could get a mention.

 

They might also have a category for spelling mistakes and typos. Don't delay!

 

Rooster

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5 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.

 

grasshopper, you have amassed lots of insight.

 

 

 

lots of the stuff is mind-boggling too.

 

yesterday i went to the local street food place where many of the items for sale are displayed at the far end top of cart. a local pulled up on a motorbike and parked it blocking half of the customer access and he stood blocking the remaining 50%. i was unable to even grab a piece of chicken.

no awareness vs no thought or both.  no brainer concepts.  guess it brings new meaning to that phrase.

 

not to mention stopping at the foot of an escalator checking mobile social media and blocking others from entering or exiting.

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4 hours ago, RichardColeman said:

Can't help but wonder if the government do nothing as they own shares in car sales plants (or funeral sales) ! The more crashes and deaths the more profit !

OH WHAT A FEELING!!!

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There is a two word phrase that explains everything about the appalling  thai drivers and that causes almost every accident (no  maintainance on the vehicle supplies the rest ) it is simply 

ME FIRST 

Whatever the situation is 

And until thais learn to forget this phrase the death toll will continue

If the death toll is only 7000 thats good for almost 6 months last year it was 36000 admitted deaths but a family member (police lt colonel ) said it was nearer 54000 in total dead from vechile accidents and over 100000 injured 

At this rate in a few years the roads will be almost empty and much safer

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In their never ending push to be No1 in Asean and Asia, you would think the Thai Government would really deal with appalling issue.

Only a couple of months or so ago, I think it was the World Bank, stated that Thailand,s GDP would grow by an estimated 12.5 % if the carnage on the roads was brought under control.

Its not too difficult to see where a 12.5 % rise in GDP would come from.

Less loss of Man Hours due to Funerals and wakes. less road closures to clear up the carnage. No need to find replacement Staff and Train them Etc, Etc Etc.

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Lets face it at the end of the day you can say they don't have spatial awareness you can say they need more training but what it really comes down to is THEY DON'T CARE!!. The amount of times I have to swerve to miss cars / trucks / buses on the wrong side of the road in a single journey is absolutely Absurdly high. They know they are doing the wrong thing as they flick on their headlights and beep their horns. GET OUT OF THE WAY.....HIGHSO(They all think they are highso) THAI COMING THROUGH!!!!

Until the governement crack down and actually start charging these people, let's face currently its it a wai and 500-3000 THB fine if they kill someone so why would they care!!

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On the race to get on that tally board taking us with them is a real daily possibility🤔

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