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One teen student dead, 8 injured after pick up driver checks message on his phone


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1 hour ago, PremiumLane said:

I ride around Bangkok a lot, drivers using phones is epidemic, I would say at least 1 in 4 are doing it while driving.  

I too travel around Bangkok a lot every day , by foot, motorcycle or taxi (and of course BTS/MRT).

 

Actually what is more alarming is the number of food delivery motorcycles using their GPS maps. I have seen a couple of minor accidents while they were trying to read the maps.

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That says it all really. Another life lost and all caused by a stupid smart phone.   

Taking responsibility is out of the question.

Momentarily? Would not surprise me in the slightest to discover a continuous exchange of messages covering the entire period he was behind the wheel. Anything less than a manslaughter charge will be a

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38 minutes ago, Ramen087 said:

This is why some countries have created the crime of Vehicular Homicide. Is Thailand one of them? 

This is slightly OT, although linked to the above:

I see there's some discussion in the UK at the moment about changing the law so someone causing death by dangerous driving would be give a life prison sentence.

 

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23 minutes ago, petedk said:

I too travel around Bangkok a lot every day , by foot, motorcycle or taxi (and of course BTS/MRT).

 

Actually what is more alarming is the number of food delivery motorcycles using their GPS maps. I have seen a couple of minor accidents while they were trying to read the maps.

Absolutely! The city full of a arrogant careless selfish irrational people, These couriers are a menace and walking is hazardous because they " arent looking where they are going !"

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4 hours ago, PremiumLane said:

I ride around Bangkok a lot, drivers using phones is epidemic, I would say at least 1 in 4 are doing it while driving.  

And on motorbikes too. Pedestrians are glued to their phones. I like to stop walking when I see them blindly walking towards me !

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5 hours ago, ChipButty said:

Thai's can obviously see and read about these accidents daily it's on the the TV also but it just does not seem to sink in.

What needs to happen is T.V. to do a follow up. e.g.  " remember the guy who killed somebody last week while he was using his mobile phone while driving. He has got 10 years in jail"

The need for the story itself is not enough , people need to see the consequences of the actions.

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7 hours ago, balo said:

That says it all really. Another life lost and all caused by a stupid smart phone. 

 

Yet Thais will continue using them whilst driving (or texting riding a bike!!), because they know that penalties were a joke. So sad. RIP to the young student.

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Because driving laws are not enforced in Thailand, the authorities condone this behavior.  Everyone does it-even adults with children on a motorbike with no helmets.  Everything is fine, as long as the money keeps flowing in the backchannels.  I have never experienced a society so passive when it comes to the deaths of so many thousands of children-that is not at war

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