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I've driven many times through those parts over the years. There's always been speed traps before and after Nakhon Sawan. The wife is pretty good on talking the police out of writing me up for a few hundred baht. 

 

Speed cameras are becoming more common, those tickets go on your record. Best to keep it around 100 and 110.  

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I've not driven at more than 70km an hour since Mildred was born.

 

Got a few fines for other stuff though:

 

Driving without a shirt on (guilty).

Going through red light (debatable).

Driving in bus lane (guilty).

Having 'halogen' lights fitted to the bull-bars (guilty)

No seat belt (wife; guilty).

Not having the appropriate driving licence (debatable).

Not stopping when a BinB ordered me to (guilty).

Brake light not working (guilty)

Speeding (12 years ago, guilty).

 

I've put plenty of dosh into the police fund. Only once did I get a receipt.

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Driving without a shirt? That is really an offense? Whereabouts? That is funny.

I wonder what they think about driving without pants! Not that I would!

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That's news to me. The presence of several cameras on the stretch between Bang Pa-in and Nakorn Sawan has been well known for many years. Up until a few years ago, it was mainly limited to one or two mobile cameras but now there are at least 3-4 fixed ones in place. Also one mobile one in Ang Thong province; easy to avoid, you can bypass it by using local roads for 2-3km and then go back to the highway after the checkpoint.

 

However, north of Nakorn Sawan I've never encountered issues. That's when I would ironically go faster despite being down to just 2 lanes in each direction (it's 3-4 before Nakorn Sawan). Sounds like they're putting in more speed cameras all over the place. Welcome to the nanny state.

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5 hours ago, Wandr said:

I guess all of you live your lives at 80 km an hour.  I feel  sorry for you...you are the rear view mirror people.

Some of us prefer a faster pace and pay the occasional 500 baht. And look back at people plodding along and say stupid you.

The important takeaway is that they allow latitude until 110 km, and that there is an active trap at that spot now.

Bye bye, rear view people!

I'm often able to talk my way out of a fine at those roadside checkpoints, but they're being replaced by those annoying fixed speed cameras that are actually pretty rare over in the USA. Sounds like Thailand is turning itself into Australia, with the way they're putting up speed cameras everywhere, but they fail to do anything about the real dangers on the roads, like people driving far too slow on an expressway, motorcyclists driving against the flow of traffic and drivers zig zagging in and out of traffic even if they're not exceeding the posted speed limit.

This myopic insistence on cracking down on speedsters does very little to make roads safer. It's just revenue raising.

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Is there a google map or an app that lists known speed cameras in Thailand?

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there's a camera on the highway to Lampang. Not too far short of the city. I have also had the pleasure of giving the cops 500 baht at this spot, without a receipt.

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5 hours ago, Wandr said:

Some of us prefer a faster pace and pay the occasional 500 baht. And look back at people plodding along and say stupid you.

Whilst cracking one out at the wrist perchance?

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