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My experience in Thailand. 1999 I came here as a senior level Aussie diplomat, a specialist Automotive Trade Commissioner. The Thai government welcomed me as they tried to be number one in SEA and attract FDI. I enjoyed Bangkok nightlife and was not early to sleep. Problem basically was every meeting at the GM and Ford factories on the eastern seaboard was "early" and I lived in Sathorn Soi 1. So the instruction to the driver to get there on time was "bury your boot in the headlight" (Holden V6 Calais) 160km/hr down the freeway. I would see the BIB with their little lollypop stop signs standing beside the road. They would step out to stop us, see the diplomatic plate and come to attention at the roadside and salute.

Move on, posting at the embassy finishes and I stay on as a farang. I had been schooled during my "immune" time that unroadworthy and overloaded truck drivers were never stopped by the cops. The answer was a M150 bottle cap with 100 baht folded inside tossed out the window.

It is what it is and always will be. Remember it is the Land of Smiles. Keep smiling.

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No that was never my intent or what happened on open roads. Speeding yes, guilty. My point is we all have to live in what is the reality of Thai culture. Don't get angry, get even, doesn't cut it here. We are the guests and should respect local norms as different as they are to those at home. Make no judgements of others.

 

 

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11 minutes ago, IsaanAussie said:

No that was never my intent or what happened on open roads. Speeding yes, guilty. My point is we all have to live in what is the reality of Thai culture. Don't get angry, get even, doesn't cut it here. We are the guests and should respect local norms as different as they are to those at home. Make no judgements of others.

 

 

indeed so. 

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A similar thing happened to me a few years ago... I stopped at traffic lights - BiB came up to the car in front, pulled him over to the side and indicated for me to pull over behind him.

 

The Police officer spoke with the other vehicle for 5mins, then moved on to me. Told me I was speeding. 

A polite debate ensued, he couldn’t tell me I what speed I was doing and couldn’t prove it, I couldn’t prove I wasn’t. 

It ended up with me telling him if he’s going to give me a ticket what is it going to be for because he can’t prove speeding...  I was waved on with a ‘please drive carefully’... 

I had been speeding along with the car in front !!! 

 

Just over last week (in the UK) I was in somewhat of a rush (no excuse) and caught doing 36 mph in a rural 30 zone (just couple of houses near a road) - I saw the Mobile speed unit, glanced at my speedo and saw I was doing about 36 mph so the fine was accurate - 3 points, £100 fine. I have to put my hands up and say I’m guilty of that one !!!

 

 

I don’t mind getting done for speeding - its breaking the law, but those check points in Thailand are a waste of time. 

 

 

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500B ! It was a standard 200B a couple of years ago. Inflation is rampant in Thailand

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Really my point was that I feel for the my countrymen here, the Thais. I am only a guest, but they have to put up with this <deleted> and they know it's <deleted>. 

Doing 100kmh in a 90km zone, OK fine me. But not 91kmh.

Creating a huge traffic jam on the first long weekend with Covis, to put up birthday decorations. Put the decorations up before the long weekend. A bit of thought and care about fellow countrymen from these people with power would be nice.

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back home 9 km/h extra and they cant charge even if they have proof,

why would it be different here ?

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13 hours ago, bwpage3 said:

The low level police manning the check points are under orders to collect money and not really their fault. 

Yeah! In our area head police officer oder hes guy's to get him 1 million bth one month! So coz i heard this from my misses i know where is road block until "big A hole" get his money! Point is normal police not see any "coffee money" . Most anyway go to somebody else's pocket! Have you seen how nice house and car's police officers have if even little high rank! That kind's not buy whit salary!

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10 hours ago, Pilotman said:

I have a dash cam that records my speed, plus date and time. It's a simple solution to the bent cop problem and costs less than 2,000 Baht to have fitted. 

And the Thai cop is just going to have a look at let you go?

 

LOL!

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10 hours ago, Pilotman said:

I have a dash cam that records my speed, plus date and time. It's a simple solution to the bent cop problem and costs less than 2,000 Baht to have fitted. 

Chocolate fireguard syndrome.

 

(mine was only 900 baht, fitted it myself)

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