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Thailand still ranks No.1 in region in road accidents: national think tank (see infographics)

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13 hours ago, Tayaout said:

51% teens pregnancy? This is huge. In my country I know almost nobody who got pregnant before finishing high school... 

Alaska? Very cold there, I believe.

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There will of course, be those who will reckon that being

”The Hub Of Road Trauma” is a Badge of Courage.

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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. Chances are, he does not have much driving skill, nor patience, nor reason, nor common sense. You cannot be too careful on the road here. Especially considering that the toy police offer no traffic safety, nor enforcement of the law. When is the last time you saw a "highway patrol" pull over a car for driving recklessly? Or pull over a truck for hogging the fast lane, doing 50kph? 

 

When I was growing up, we took drivers education courses. They showed us horrendous films, or semi trucks plowing into cars, and literally obliterating everything in their path. They also showed us graphic images of head on collisions. 120mph impacts. Even as a young kid, it made quite an impression. It was horrific, and it was hard to get those images out of your head afterwards. But, it left a lasting impression, and when I started driving, I understood it was serious business, and that it was a very dangerous thing to do. Also, my Mother taught me alot about driving, growing up. She taught me to be courteous to other drivers, show them kindness and respect, and to give them a break. 

 

I see people driving here, with their families in the car, doing things, and taking the kinds of risks no rational or sane person with common sense would do. What for? To gain one minute? Why take those risks? What is the logic? Often, when I am cruising along at 100kph, someone cuts right in front of me. Or someone comes out from the side road, right in front of me. I have to slam on my brakes, or change lanes to avoid him. I look in my rearview mirror, and there is nobody behind me. So, if he had waited two seconds, he would have had completely safe passage onto the highway. What gives? Where is the intelligence, caution, and prudence? Where is the common sense? What about just the survival instinct? 

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9th globally!!?? 'Fudging' the figures again?

 

Who were the other eight that were worse?

Please DO NOT ask the Education Minister to answer that one! :coffee1:

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13 hours ago, Tayaout said:

51% teens pregnancy? This is huge. In my country I know almost nobody who got pregnant before finishing high school... 

There's something wrong with that percentage, it might be up or down 51%, after all it is a Thai statistic??

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13 hours ago, wisperone said:

9th globally? Call me cynical, but I don't believe it.

according to the World Atlas site we are still second!

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still have the no 1 rating of accidents.will be hard to lose that one in a hurry.young school girls getting in the club as a previous comment that has being happening for years,that is a issue also

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Corruption is the thread that can be traced to many of the ills that plague Thailand. Until that condition is remedied, progress will be delayed for decades.

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ofcourse thailand have number one many negative thinks, because have wery poor education and wery stupid peoples, thai ranked number one ,traffic have dangerous, because peoples have totally idiot and no understand rules, corruption ,because all want only money but no want do anythink work,idiots. visa world stupid visa systems, becaus have idiots and no understand how much fail money have idiot visa systems. flood, because have idiots and no newer has build anythink good. and many many more fail because have idiots and <deleted> education systems and idiot peoples in goverment and ministers.

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4 hours ago, Classic Ray said:

Does anyone think that the red light/speed cameras would have been introduced if they were not seen as a profit generator?

Does it matter where the money goes, if it would make people to stop at a red light? The fines should be much higher though.

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3 hours ago, Crusader said:

It is very hard to find anything positive to say on this whole topic.  In my short 26 years in Bangkok, nothing has improved regards the standard of driving - and apart from the mid-month and end-of-month cash collections from the boys in brown, they seem to turn a blind eye as well to most violations.

 

Pretty much exactly the same that everyone who has lived here 10 + years has said to me. 

 

Each year a new initiative = Each year nothing changes 

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14 hours ago, Tayaout said:

51% teens pregnancy? This is huge. In my country I know almost nobody who got pregnant before finishing high school... 

What age did kids finish high school in your country?

 

I finished at 16 in the UK, unfortunately many Thais finish at 15 or younger.

 

Besides all of the above, 51% teen pregnancy is quite alarming looked at from

a western perspective.

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