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Minister's speed proposal stuns Thailand: Collision at 120 kmph same as falling 19 stories, says media

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7 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

I actually think it is a good idea. Why? Because most people go that fast anyway. The speeds of 80 or 90 kph only mean an inane amount of tickets. My wife and I are very safe drivers. Yet, between us we have gotten about 30 tickets within just the past 6 months. Threw all of them in the bin. But, still it is silly. It will not encourage people to go faster. It just allows people to travel at the speed they already travel at, legally. 120 kph on a divided, four lane highway is totally safe. Assuming the driver is paying attention! 

Here's a twist, a couple of local folks in my extended family have their own philosophy on the point, they get in their cars then drive as fast as they possibly can and regardless of traffic density, corners, etc etc., so that you get to the destination as quickly as possible therefore less risk. And other family members refuse to get in their vehicles.

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For years people have been joking about that the death toll on the roads is part of population control. Now it's no longer a joke.

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14 minutes ago, Docno said:

I think his point is that you'd be an idiot to drive into a brick wall in the first place... 

So when a kid chases a ball onto the road and I have the choice of taking him out or hitting the brick wall I will gladly choose to be an idiot as you describe it but you can choose to not be an idiot and take the kids life just to feel better about not being an idiot and that is the point I make!

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OMG, a collection of experts; there must be a nest somewhere.

 

Driving fast (while not drunk, alert, considerate, can anticipate scenarios) and brainless racing are two wildly different things - at any speed. Speed is not the killer; idiocy is.

 

The 19 stories fall is one from the propaganda apples and oranges department: it's a scary image meant to make a point, and nothing more. That impact in a reasonable-sized car, with safety belts and all the rest, plus a large helping of good luck, might just see you alive and bruised, while jumping from anything above 7th floor unprotected is likely death.

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16 minutes ago, AsiaCheese said:

OMG, a collection of experts; there must be a nest somewhere

You must know where the nest is because you seem to be in it with the rest of us.Speed kills. lt's definately a major contributing factor to the death toll.If you only reduced the speed at which people travel to 50 kph the death toll is reduced it's a fact.I'm not talking about reducing the speed limit but the actual speed.Idiocy is people who say speed doesn't contribute to the death toll and does in fact kill.

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If driving at 120KPH is equivalent to a 19 story fall;  Then what I want to know is;   Driving at 90 KPH is equivalent to a fall from how many stories?

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I would rather fall 19 stories down, than 8 stories down.

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i highly suggest to the good minister to start with teaching local motorists what road signs/symbols mean, then teach them to obey traffic rules and regulations. THEN... tweak speed limits

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I wonder which Thai expert did this calculation. 
19 stories is about 60 meters !

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120 kph is only 75 mph, normal speed on the M6 (well when you aren't stuck in a traffic jam because of the stupid "smart" motorways project - grrrrr

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No Joking ... I have frequently driven to Bangkok from Vientiane, you cant help edge your speed up on some sections where the road is quite straight and few side roads etc. ... everybody does it ... I got up to 140 at one stage overtaking an Orange Crush (Bus) but as I was slowing down, the Police pulled me over ... here we go I thought ... low and behold, the Police officer said that I was clicked at 130kph, can I please keep the speed down to 120 kph as we don't mind you doing that speed but please slow down in residential areas and road junctions ... Krup Krup I said and off I went, no fine just a warning .... drove slow for a while as I was stunned at what happened and what was said ... so it seems to me that this Minister guy is only suggesting to go along with what is already happening out there ... speed wise !

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