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D-Day! September heralds the start of less carnage on the Thai roads


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D-Day! September heralds the start of less carnage on the Thai roads



Picture: Daily News


Next month will see nationwide campaigns to do something about the appalling carnage on the Thai roads. 


The targets are public transport vehicles of all kinds and the staff who drive them. 


More than a million vehicles will be checked and 150,000 drivers will have their eyes tested. 


In addition "Checking Points" at gas stations throughout the country will check for public transport drivers driving drunk.


The ideas are the baby of new transport minister Saksayam Chidchob who wants to see less road death and more order on his nation's roadways. 


The death toll in Thailand is among the highest in the world at around 25,000 annually. Though the majority are motorcyclists many people die while using public transport as a result of faulty vehicles or drunk and incompetent drivers, notes Thaivisa. 


Daily News announced two "D-Days" in their story. 


On September 2nd - next Monday - Department of Land Transport staff will begin checking 150, 747 vehicles registered with the DLT. This will take three months. 


They will also check the capabilities of 1,203,790 personnel for color recognition, reaction times and long and short vision. 


The 16th of September is the second D-Day - this is when 245 "Checking Points" will be set up in gas stations.


Thai media is using the English term for these check points. 


These will be 90 kms apart on 111 roads encompassing 22,048 kms of the nation's roads. 


The idea is to have off-road checkpoints to avoid traffic jams and speed things up. 


Drivers will have checks for alcohol with a ten minute limit for checking each person. 


Passengers will have to exit the vehicle and perhaps go and use lavatories before re-boarding. They will be discouraged from slowing things down by going into convenience stores. 


Checking Points will be set up 24 hours a day 365 days a year - no holidays. 


Daily News said that the scheme will be widened to include taxi drivers and truck drivers later. 


Source: Daily News




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Bangkok to samui..760km so eight checkpoints at 10 minutes per checkpoint, as soon as the driver leaves the checkpoint he is gonna drive even faster (if thats possible) to make up the hour and 20 minutes that he has spent having his eyes tested and being breathalysed while his passengers are in the toilet. Maybe they should just concentrate on speeding , lane swapping, hard shoulder driving, tailgating and overtaking on the inside type of offences as they happen.... 

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unless drivers 'always have an out'.... any other simple solutions, as well as enforcement, will not go very far at all.  example, 'driving slow is safer' when in fact, for many drivers in Southeast Asia, there is danger at any speed, so that one doesn't help at all and actually doesn't contain any kernel of reality to it either safety wise.  I have never even heard or read in Thailand the concept of 'always having an out', which many times does mean driving very slow.......... but not without thinking going on as to the road situation as well as anything that might happen.  not just driving slow.  but being tired, or on medication or "alcohol" or talking too much are simple rules.  but that also is covered by the 'always have an out' rule because your 'outs' in those conditions mean you can't even be driving.  at any speed.  

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As if any of this is going stop the idiot in his red Raptor Ranger doing 120kms in the night on a wet road trying to accelerate past you or the other bloke in his Vios with a boot spoiler overtaking on a blind corner. Even the old farmer on his motorbike with no lights after a skin full of whiskey gets away.

Duh “I can’t go any faster, I can’t stop either”

”It’s cos your aqua planing you idiot”

They will obviously claim it’s a to a roaring success with xxx amount of drivers caught without licences etc. Just don’t mention revenue up.

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

They will be discouraged from slowing things down by going into convenience stores. 

That could prove even harder than reduce deaths on the roads.

regards Worgeordie

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I was traveling during the last crackdown at new year. All vans were examined at bus stations. This involved the driver handing a stack of papers to a man at a desk who stamped them. I did make me feel a lot safer, though.

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