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Thai road carnage: deaths top 7,000 this year

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As my old Dad used to say.....''If things don't change, they will stay as they are ''  !

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Too busy to chase foreigners so no time to see what is happening on the roads. Im not surprised that insurance companies soon will either decline to insure foreigners travelling to thailand or just increase their premium. 

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28 minutes ago, Yinn said:

I not say that. Official figures lie.

But if you read my post I said “cars.”

 

7078/150 days = 47 people per day right?

80% of that is motorbikes.

So that 20% is 9.4 per day not motorbike right?

 

So half of that is van, walker, and pickup.

so half= 4.7 per day in the car.

 

The police say 70% of that is because drunk, speed or not use seatbelt.

So if you follow Yinn safety rules only about 2 per day in all of Thailand everyday.

 

so how I wrong? 

Many people talking here about Thai is stupid. Same everyday. But you believe headline exaggerated. So who is stupid.

 But nobody mention that 80% is motorbike. No real awareness of the real world? Motorbike is the real problem.

 

 

How many of those motorbike deaths are due to bad driving by people in cars / trucks?  Too many crazy drivers with no road sense!

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48 minutes ago, JAYDOUBLEYOU said:

ALL vehicles must be fitted with a ‘governor’, that sets the maximum speed equal to the operator’s IQ.

That would mean cars going on reverse 120km/h.

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When a car is doing 150 and a large truck is doing 30 or 40 it’s not going to end well.I’m seeing police on the major highways but only a few.They need to get serious.

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45 minutes ago, Yinn said:

Motorbikes.

Ok, say no more, i'm done.

Good day.

 

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2 hours ago, Jane Dough said:

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

It is not a farang who wrote the post you are responding to.

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1 hour ago, Bangkok Barry said:

 

It won't happen, for the following reasons:

1 - I have never detected any sign of common sense in a Thai, and I've been living here for over 25 years. I am not sure how you teach that, but anyway there is no movement to do so.

2 - The Thais have a Me First mentality that is deeply ingrained, and that is the last thing you want to see in a driver.

3 - The education system demands that you do not think for yourself but listen and obey, so Thais do not develop the necessary skills to actually think. That may result in my first point above.

4 - Learning to drive in a proper and responsible manner is quite difficult, and Thais do not do difficult. Thais do 'near enough', but on the roads that isn't 'good enough'. One mistake can cost lives, so being lucky enough to get it right most of the time isn't good enough either.

5 - They have absolutely no concept that the vehicle they are attempting to operate is a potential killer. No concept at all.

6 - Along with inadequate teaching of all things about how to drive properly and safely, there is no test to determine if you have reached a standard where you are not a danger to yourself and others before you take to the road.

7 - Thais do not seem able to join the dots, and realise that if, for example, they drive at 120 kms an hour five metres behind the vehicle in front, or drive at night with no rear light (or front light if they are driving on the wrong side of the road because they have no concept of the danger), then they would have no time to react if the vehicle in front breaks suddenly. Ask any Thai what their safe breaking distance is and they would have no idea.

8 - There are zero police patrols to help prevent accidents by pulling aside selfish and stupid drivers. Their only presence is setting up road blocks which seems in my experience to have only one purpose - to check your tax disc is in the window and up to date.

9 - Police have absolutely no interest in enforcing the law even when they are static beside the road, watching kids three or four on a bike go by with no helmet, no license, no ability to properly control the bike they are on. And that goes also for the parents and schools who allow Thailand's future to play Russian Roulette every time they go out. The police know they get paid anyway, so why work?

10 - None of this will change as 1 - it would mean taking everyone off the road until they were able to take a real driving test and 2 - the people that would be responsible for initiate the change are not interested as they are given police escorts wherever they go. It needs a VIP or member of the royal family to be killed for anything to happen, and even then the task would be too hard (and Thais don't do hard).

 

Spidermike007 (post #3 above) has, I'm sure. posted exactly the same message before, but that doesn't dilute that what he says is spot-on. And that is why I remember it. To finish, nothing can or will change and survival on Thai roads will continue to be a lottery. All we can do is remember the words that were used in the 70s police drama Hill Street Blues as the force were sent out on patrol - 'Let's be careful out there'.

Or move somewhere safer.

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1 hour ago, Centra said:

During calendar 2018 there were 1,140 road deaths (provisional).

For 2019, there have been 546 deaths (provisional). This is 64 deaths (13.3%) higher than the same period last year.

 

The 2018 report says road accidents killed 22,491 people in Thailand – putting the road traffic fatality rate at 32.7 per 100,000 people. This improves on the 2015 rate of 36.2 rate, or 24,237 recorded.

 

Comparing Australia and Thailand road statics is like apple and oranges.

Bravo. I guess this person you were responding to never took a statistics class.

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40 minutes ago, Mikeasq60 said:

I just returned from Thailand. Would it be safe to say that especially on a weekend. Many people on the road have been drinking. I'd say yes 

That is an old excuse. Some of these deaths are from drunk drivers. However, most are from people who have no critical thinking skills.

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7 minutes ago, kritsana77 said:

Or move somewhere safer.

 

I don't think my wife would be keen on leaving all her family and friends. Would you?

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7 hours ago, Creasy said:

In 2018 Australia the death count was 1143 for the year.

 

My God. Thailand has 7000 in 6 months .

 

 

But remember most of the road deaths here are those on motorbikes. Let's say about 80%. That amounts to 6000 deaths out of 30,000 from those driving other kinds of vehicles. Thailand has 3X Australia's population, so I would say road deaths involving cars may actually not be that different from that of Australia, if we only consider those driving sedans. Driving a car here for nearly 20 years, I don't feel all that less safe than driving in Australia. You would never get me on a bike here though. A colleague was killed a few years back as a passenger on a motorbike taxi that jumped a red light. No bikes for me. 

 

 

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No body cares A no care cop force and a no care drivers at the wheel Let the killing continue Thailand needs that gold medal

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No surprise here will be more next year and we are only half way through 2019. 

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