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Tourists injured as van driver asleep at wheel runs red light, slams into another airport van

By Eakkapop Thongtub

 

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The driver of the van carrying Chinese tourists to the airport said he started falling asleep at the wheel, leading to the accident. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
 

PHUKET: Three Chinese tourists have been taken to Thalang Hospital after the passenger van taking them to Phuket International Airport slammed into another airport van at a major intersection on Thepkrasattri Rd early this morning (Dec 7).

 

Lt Sophanat Nayao of the Thalang Police was called to the scene, at the main turnoff to the Nai Yang (see map below), at 4:40am.

 

At the scene were two passenger vans on their sides in the middle of the intersection.


Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/tourists-injured-as-van-driver-asleep-at-wheel-runs-red-light-slams-into-another-airport-van-73912.php#JorhDMCUsOXFRxlc.97

 

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 The poster boys for Thailands out of control van gang....

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Just as a matter of interest - It seems tourists being injured on their way to the airport by these Rip-Van-Winkles is happening more often.  If they miss their flight, do the airlines re-book them at no extra charge, or do they have to buy another ticket. If the the latter, who pays?

 

I can only guess the answer; but then, maybe I've been here too long.

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That is two of those widow makers off the road for a few days🤔

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Getting behind the wheel when drunk is a far cry from becoming drowsy whilst driving, even if the outcome can be the same. Treating them the same would be a miscarriage of justice and would undermine the whole concept of intent. 

Emotions herein are causing some to overlook the root cause, which needs addressing more than anything else.

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Just now, MeePeeMai said:

How's that? 

 

If someone has knowingly been without sleep or sufficient rest, is drowsy, and intentionally gets behind the wheel (while drowsy or nodding off) and operates that motor vehicle on the highway resulting in serious injuries or death of persons other than himself (i.e. outcome is the same as if he was drunk), why then would "treating them the same be a miscarriage of justice"?  The "concept of intent" is there.

 

If you are operating a motor vehicle while sleepy or nodding off, knowing that your are drowsy (thereby placing others at significant risk) what difference is there between that and driving drowsy while under the influence of prescription pain meds or alcohol?  None in my book and none in the eyes of the law in most states now in the USA. 

 

BECAUSE "the outcome is and can be the same" and you are knowingly putting others lives at risk.  Pull over and sleep it off or get a motel room.  Simple.

 

Sure... prove “knowingly got behind the wheel when drowsy”... that should work in a court of law.... good luck.

 

That said, the charge should be about negligence.... but hey, I said that the root cause needs addressing, and your “simple” addresses that root cause. 

 

Meanwhile.... by your measure, speeding should be treated the same as drunk driving.... illegally changing lanes can kill.... same same as drunk driving, right?

 

quoting laws of the United States... a government mired in corruption, hardly fills one with confidence. Lest we forget the nation that gave itself a prohibition law right up the clacker.

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It never ends with these irresponsible idiots behind the wheel to whom human lives are entrusted!
From this month it will surely improve, with the introduction of points on the driving license! 😂

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