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Thailand road carnage: "Big Bike" rider among 26 dead on Tuesday

 

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Daily News continued their campaign to raise awareness about the appalling fatalities on the Thai roads. 

 

They said that 26 died on Tuesday but cautioned that this figure was not official. It refers just to those that die at the scene of accidents not those that succumb later in hospital. Also some districts are late in reporting their figures.  

 

Thaivisa notes that Thai officialdom have accepted that well in excess of 20,000 people die on the roads in the kingdom each year. Some put the figure at around 24,000 - 26,000 per annum. 

 

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This ranks Thailand as one of the most dangerous places in the world to drive.

 

At the scene deaths for this month already total 422.

 

The year figure is 13,885. 

 

Daily News highlighted the need for those riding "big bikes" (powerful motorcycles) to take care on the roads. 

 

They showed a picture after a motorcyclist on a Honda CBR 650 was killed after going into the side of an Isuzu pick-up then into a wall. 

 

Source: Daily News

 

 

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All very well Richard but you forget the greatest risk to all those motorcyclists, lunatics in cars, minibuses and trucks. these cause most of the accidents but get left out of the statistics as they'

No it doesn't - it ranks Thailand as one of the most dangerous places to 'Ride a Motorbike'.   74% of deaths are on Motorcycles.  12% of deaths are in 4 wheels vehicles / cars - Thats 2

You could search and find an identical news story to this from one, two, three etc years ago.    Einstein's famous quote could not be more apt to describe Thailand's road safety enforcement.

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8 minutes ago, OneMoreFarang said:
12 minutes ago, Isaanbiker said:

I almost crashed into plenty motorbikes because they cross lanes, ride out from in between cars and do stuff you wouldn't imagine.     

You clearly have to work on your imagination...

 

Being exposed to the mindless recklessness of 'some' of the motorcyclists, I have witnessed some of the daftest maneuvers. 

 

I can imagine worse, yet on a daily basis I'm still surprised as a motorcyclist tries and gets away with the seemingly impossible, blissfully unaware of how close he (usually a he) came to serious injury or worse - and that's before I exit the 1km of my Soi to the main road !

 

Overtaking on the blind humpback bridge over the Khlong is a favorite. 

 

 

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They are starting to be marginally honest with their statistics..I notice the caution given (lousy data) as well as the lack of reports from some areas.

 

When they get to between 60 and 80 per day I shall sit up and take some notice..

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9 minutes ago, mike787 said:

Normal day in Thailand...if you have a death wish or love playing Russian roulette with one bullet chambered get on a thai road. 

i would argue some roads are more dangerous than others, and don't equate to playing russian roulette

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41 minutes ago, Isaanbiker said:

I almost crashed into plenty motorbikes because they cross lanes, ride out from in between cars and do stuff you wouldn't imagine. 

 

    

Totally agree ! Quite  brainless in many instances. Especially the younger ones who seem to think as if in a  video game and not a  dangerous reality.  Even after observing their peers who die or are well damaged does not seem to translate into any greater consideration. Even older riders evolve from dangerous to careless and generally oblivious as do too many who drive 4 wheeled  vehicles.

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29 26 deaths? A quiet day.

Honda CBR 650, how often does it appear in the news?

Is it the best ccm*hp/Baht ratio?

One accident some one/two weeks went unnoticed in the English papers.

A 17 year old got such a racer as a present for his good school results.
Didn't survive more than a few days.

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2 hours ago, richard_smith237 said:

74% of deaths are on Motorcycles. 

12% of deaths are in 4 wheels vehicles / cars - Thats 2880 to 3000 per year. 

Thai Population is 69.04 Million people -

 

The death rate in cars in Thailand equates to 4.17 to 4.34 deaths per 100,000 people.

 

In the UK the Total Death rate is 3.1 deaths per 100,000 people.

Have you compared the number of people who actually drive cars in Thailand to England. If the vast majority drive bikes here, the population stat will not work accurately, hence why we judge all road deaths. 

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1 minute ago, Assurancetourix said:

In the kingdom of the blind the one-eyed are kings 

It is a proverb; so don't take it at first ...

 

So we will compare Thailand with which other countries?
Those who are at war and still have fewer deaths than on the roads in Thailand?
or better with Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia .... and curiously we will find that these countries have comparable mortality rates with Western countries.
Thailand is truly a special case;
and the recent proposal to increase speed on some open roads is not going to go in the right direction.:1zgarz5:

I agree but judging by your emoji it seems that you want them accompanied wherever they drive by a man with a red flag🤣

 

Whilst this is,no doubt,the safest option have you considered the political ramifications?👨‍✈️👨‍✈️

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1 hour ago, bradiston said:

There is a driving technique called defensive driving. You ALWAYS expect the unexpected, keep your distance, slow down, use your mirrors incessantly, look at least 100m down the road on open roads, and a million other techniques. 12 years driving a black cab in London and nul points. Stay out of danger, back down and allow for insanity coming the other way.

I agree this technique defensive work well London but on Thailand roads this technique driving is limited because everyone know the unexpected have no limit, dog, cow, elephant, cable on the road, garbage, loss of material from the truck, and I not speaking about the kamikaze drivers go wrong direction road etc.

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