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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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4 hours ago, Chelseafan said:

Speed doesn't kill. Idiotic driving does.

 

 

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Thai's don't stick to the speed limits anyway. Most don't follow any road rules. If your stupid with a death wish the speed limit won't make any difference. I drive like everyone around me is deaf, dumb, blind, stupid, drunk or retarded and try to stay safe. 19 years and only been rear ended at traffic lights once luckily by a drunk Benz driver so insurance and plenty of money to pay you know who.

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

In a piece warning Thais about speeding they said that having a collision at 120 kmph was the same as falling to the ground from 19 stories up. 

From the UK highway code page below, you can see the stopping distance increases from 73 metres at 96km/hr, to 96 metres at 112 km/hr.

 

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45 minutes ago, irwinfc said:

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

Not enough, I’m afraid. What about learning them to control their vehicles? 

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And these elected Politicians are supposed to do good and in the best interest of the country!

No wonder the wheels have fallen off long ago in Thailand with Idiots like this at the wheel. 

Saksayam Chidchobis , Hang up the steering wheel mate your a looser.

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1 hour ago, AsiaCheese said:

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.

Exactly.

 

And it's not the speed that kills you, it's the rapid deceleration. 

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21 minutes ago, bluesofa said:

From the UK highway code page below, you can see the stopping distance increases from 73 metres at 96km/hr, to 96 metres at 112 km/hr.

 

StoppingDistancesHighwayCode.png

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Not applicable T I T .. Thai's can cut that 70 mph figure by about a 1/3 riding off the top of a 19 storey building .. 

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5 hours ago, Chelseafan said:

Speed doesn't kill. Idiotic driving does.

 

 

In Thailand it's coming in a package 

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The speed is too high........ I mean the speed coming from riding a buffalo to driving a Benz. 

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Speed does indeed usually lead to more problems/accidents in general - in any form of motoring - less time to react, more severe impacts etc. The autobahn in Germany, however, has far better road-traffic accident statistics than any busy road in Thailand, Im quite sure, so it isn't all down to speed, clearly. All this bluster from the government, with their never-ending legislature and redacting or reintroduction of policies will count for nought if the people they are legislating for possess neither the skill, mental accuity/attitude or experience required to drive safely - at speed or not. Throw into this mess the near-total lack of policing and you get 28,000+ road deaths a year nationwide. Utterly shameful.

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120 kph is just under 75 mph.  70 -80 mph is the standard limit on most major USA highways.  The accident toll there is not even close to the accident toll in Thailand and there are many times the number of drivers on the roads.  It's all about uneducated drivers, drunk drivers, drivers tasked to spend too many hours driving without sleep breaks, no relief drivers for long hauls, speeding in areas with even lower speed limits, running red lights, jumping the green light, vehicles on the roads that should have been scrapped many years ago and this list could gone on forever.  Two things that could help.  A mobile police force properly equipped and with the right attitudes to stop and ticket offending drivers.  Yes, this would be a confrontation in the Thai culture but that would be better than seeing people being maimed and killed everyday on Thai roads.  Seeing a big burly policeman standing at your drivers door talking to you and writing your ticket will have a much bigger impact than getting a ticket in the mail from the cameras on the highways.  The lane speed indicators I have seen recently are either not working at all or are grossly inaccurate.  The Bangkok - Chonburi motorway is a fine example of this.  Only when it hurts people's pockets will some people begin to learn about safe driving.  Next, all vehicles of any type should drive day and night with their lights on.  Lights do help you see but equally, if not more important, is that they help other drivers see you.  All lights originally supplied with the vehicle MUST be in working order and clean enough to be seen.  

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