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App Launched To Reduce Brit Road Accidents While Travelling In Thailand

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App To Reduce Brit Road Crashes Abroad

LONDON: -- The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has launched a new app which gives specific road safety advice to Britons driving while travelling abroad.

High numbers of crashes involving British tourists and expats in popular destinations, including Thailand, Australia and Spain, has sparked a campaign to improve road safety.

Road conditions, driving standards and laws vary widely - and some countries experience much higher rates of road traffic accidents and fatalities than the UK.

In Thailand - a country with 50,000 British residents and more than 870,000 British visitors every year - there were 68,852 road traffic incidents, resulting in 9,205 deaths involving both Thai residents and tourists in 2011.

In contrast, 1,901 people were killed in road accidents in the UK in 2011.

After natural causes, road crashes are the most common cause of death for British nationals in Thailand.

Mark Kent, ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, said: "British nationals using the roads in Thailand should bear in mind that road laws and driving customs here are different from those in the UK and road conditions, driving standards and road traffic regulations can vary.

Full story: http://news.sky.com/story/1069680/app-to-reduce-brit-road-crashes-abroad

-- sky news 2013-03-26

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Safer driving abroad: Brits urged to take more care on holiday roads

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has today launched a campaign to help Brits use the roads safely overseas and stay on the right side of foreign traffic laws.


The initiative is in response to FCO staff based overseas reporting a high number of traffic incidents affecting British tourists and expats in popular destinations such as Thailand, Australia and Spain.

After deaths from natural causes, road incidents are the most common fatality for British nationals in Thailand and cause a high number of hospitalisations. According to FCO staff in Thailand, the majority of accidents involve motorcycles and scooters.

Mark Kent, the UK ambassador to Thailand, said: “Accidents do occur and not all tragedies are avoidable, but the outcome could be very different with many lives being saved and critical injuries reduced if people adopted the same safety precautions abroad that they would naturally take at home.

Full story: http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/driving-abroad-fco-tool-helps-1784166

-- Mirror 2013-03-26

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Two Britons were killed on Samui last Saturday afternoon when some maniac had an accident and drove into them while they were walking past.

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This was on itv this morning , thy also mentioned the need for travel insurance

Sent from my iPhone using ThaiVisa app

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The real scoop is the relatively low death toll on Thai roads considering the driving habits.

According to the article in the OP, Thailand had "only" 9,205 traffic deaths in 2011, which surprised me.

We can compare that to the following figures from the year 2000, from countries with approximatively the same population as Thailand:
France: 8.079
Germany: 7.503
UK: 3.409
Switzerland: 592 (but with only 8 million pop, multiply by about 8) = approx. 2400 equivalent.

Agreed, nowadays the figures in Europe are much lower, by about half.


BUT: what gets me thinking is how reluctant I am today to take the car to go anywhere in Switzerland or to drive long distances, because of the PITA it is to drive, because everything is forbidden, no place to park, parking tickets, ridiculous speed limits and the high risk of getting caught speeding exceeding the limit forced upon us, police looking for yellow jackets in the car, etc. driving in Europe is constant stress.

I wonder if nazism on the roads for the sake of safety is really worth it if it only achieves to halve or quarter the road deaths if compared to a country like Thailand, where driving remains a much more enjoyable experience than in Europe.

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This article is convoluted. Is it talking about educating Brits on how to drive? Why not bring Thailand up to global standards. The Wai may be heralded and seen in public but put a Thai behind the wheel of any vehicle and look at the Jekyll and Hyde scenario happen. The statistics are staggering by why not report the numbers for 2012 or in fact, shows meaningful stats like how many involved tourists?

The main issue is Thai driver manners and arrogance IMO. With no way to address this nor the ability to administer severe and enforceable punishments a solution is impossible.

They are deficient on the roads in so many areas that they need a panel to get together and start to piece together a workable for the longer term. Unfortunately the buffoons only seem to have hair-brained schemes to paper over the cracks and ensure the status quo of bribery in lieu of punishment is maintained. If we had efficient enforcement then these suggestions (among others) would help;

  • They need a proper training and education system for drivers with minimum amount of practice time in control of a motor vehicle
  • The driving tests need to be improved especially the practical element with the introduction of one-on-one examinations and assessments
  • A points system needs to be brought into effect ensuring unsafe drivers are taken off the roads and there is more driver responsibility
  • A plate system needs to be brought into effect. L plates for learners and P plates for new drivers. They need to display them at all times for a set period of time.
  • More rigorous vehicle checks including an MOT type system for older vehicles.
  • The Police need more sophisticated technology to track vehicles and licenses.
  • Advertising revenues for safer driving and antisocial road behaviour need to be increased.
  • Instant bans for drunk drivers.
  • Vehicle seizure and impound for offenders.
  • Pedestrians must be considered at all times. Failures to stop at road-crossings or for pedestrians should be punished severely.
  • Budgets increased for road infrastructure and better public transport options.

There's a few to get us going, not really difficult to make a difference if they really wanted to.

''If we had efficient enforcement then these suggestions (among others) would help;''

You know very well it is not the case, so why bother with suggestions???

And it always amazes me that people think that training for is required for driving. Hello!!!

These people drive very well, and even way before they do get a drivers license. The 12 year old drive very well, and just not old enough to realize that they can get away with murder. They do when they reach 17 or 18.

They just drive irresponsibly, because the system allows it to be so.

Changes have to come from the head...and it will not be very soon...

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an app. excellent.

the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is surely worth all the tax money. good to see that they look after their citizens.

must be feel good to be british and have that app on the iphone. share it also with other tourists like Indians(who have probably been the coder who wrote that app)n and all the others.

really brilliant idea. thumbs up 3x.

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Great an app to tell you to wear a seatbelt / helmet

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The figure of 9205 for road deaths seems very low to me. But have no definitive figures, I guess the 2012 figures are not available yet as they are still deciding what that figure should be.

Recently The Nation in an article used a figure of 'up to 26000 killed in road accidents per year in Thailand' which I think is closer the the real figure, but again no proof.

Article here http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Road-death-toll-in-Thailand-among-highest-in-the-w-30202066.html

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Given the state of Thai driving and law enforcement, an app is not needed. An SMS will suffice:

1. Don't drive 2. Don't be a passenger 3. Never be anywhere near a road or sidewalk

could all be condensed to:

1. Don't leave home

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