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High-speed Mercedes crash ignites uproar in Thailand

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What exactly is the law about alcohol testing?

Can every drunk driver refuse a test? Seems rather a pointless law if this is the case.

Or maybe the right to refusal is based on WHO your daddy is?

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Sent the little woman, ‘she’s only 4’11” bless her cotton socks, can hardly see over the dash’, to wash the Lot Gabah not 3 days ago, there were three vehicles in the cue and she was next.

Mercedes pulls in, and yes, you guessed it, straight to the front of the cue!

Little woman returned fair foaming at the mouth, and with good right too, I might add.

Now she wants a Mercedes.

Happy days!

How is it that we're suddenly discussing pool and cues???

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"We keep asking ourselves, when are the police going to be ashamed enough to do the right thing?"

Sadly, probably never.

Or when something like this happens to one of their own.

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I think I am a fairly honourable human being. I don't condone murder, corruption, revenge and all the other evils of the world.But if somebody had done that to my daughter I might go to the temple, receive absolution and hire the Luk Nong to exact an appropriate outcome. The whole family is responsible for this spoilt idiot's behaviour. Might send them to pay a call on a few policeman too. No public comment I see from any of the Thai "nobility"

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What exactly is the law about alcohol testing?

Can every drunk driver refuse a test? Seems rather a pointless law if this is the case.

Or maybe the right to refusal is based on WHO your daddy is?

Refusing means an automatic DUI (that is why they can charge him now with DUI even if there are no tests)

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They are NOW charging him with DUI? No breathalyzer or blood tests at the time of the accident, the case will easily be thrown out for lack of evidence. Wonder who among the RTP will take the fall for such lack of evidence.

Under the old law any driver refusing to take a test would just be fined 1,000 baht.

AThe law was amended on 31st December 2014 to make it illegal to refuse a breathalyzer test in Thailand.

Now if a driver refuses to take a breathalyser test or complete a walk-and-turn test if asked to do so, police can assume the driver has violated Section 43 (2) of the Traffic Act which prohibits driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, resulting in arrest and charges.

Thus, the RTP in this case can charge the Mercedes driver without evidence of tests.

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They are NOW charging him with DUI? No breathalyzer or blood tests at the time of the accident, the case will easily be thrown out for lack of evidence. Wonder who among the RTP will take the fall for such lack of evidence.

Under the old law any driver refusing to take a test would just be fined 1,000 baht.

AThe law was amended on 31st December 2014 to make it illegal to refuse a breathalyzer test in Thailand.

Now if a driver refuses to take a breathalyser test or complete a walk-and-turn test if asked to do so, police can assume the driver has violated Section 43 (2) of the Traffic Act which prohibits driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, resulting in arrest and charges.

Thus, the RTP in this case can charge the Mercedes driver without evidence of tests.

While all very well and good, There is a legal loophole, IMO. In the absence of evidence, the court could side with the RTP (poor people) and convict him, or with the clever-dick defence lawyer (rich person) and release him. I wonder if it has been tested in court?

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They are NOW charging him with DUI? No breathalyzer or blood tests at the time of the accident, the case will easily be thrown out for lack of evidence. Wonder who among the RTP will take the fall for such lack of evidence.

Under the old law any driver refusing to take a test would just be fined 1,000 baht.

AThe law was amended on 31st December 2014 to make it illegal to refuse a breathalyzer test in Thailand.

Now if a driver refuses to take a breathalyser test or complete a walk-and-turn test if asked to do so, police can assume the driver has violated Section 43 (2) of the Traffic Act which prohibits driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, resulting in arrest and charges.

Thus, the RTP in this case can charge the Mercedes driver without evidence of tests.

Good thing too otherwise everyone would refuse a test.

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The problem is that no one ever follows up on these cases. In any major city in the west; if there is a case like this, the major newspapers always give you updates. Here the Bangkok Post will write the story and you never find out what happens later. The police know this. And know that if they delay, it will be forgotten. So write your letters to the editors of the Bangkok Post and Nation, and ask them to update the story.

Start with the Red Bull Kid who killed the police with his sports car. I think about three years ago.

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"The law is the law — whether you are rich or poor you have to pay for what you've done," national police spokesman Songpol Wattanachai said Monday, asking skeptics to have faith in the police. "Justice will be served. Just because he is rich doesn't mean he won't go to jail. I'm asking people not to think that way."

police spokesman Songpol Wattanachai I think he can get himself ready for a transfer.

I would like to see this video go viral world wide, to show tourist what they can expect in Thailand.

RiP to the two that lost their lives because of some HiSo clown that thinks he is above the law.

Exactly...two Thai masters students won't get justice. What chance would a lowly farang have?

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It won't change because the people with the power and influence have worked hard to create and maintain this two tier system.

I like to think that one day these people with the power and influence will discover that the foundations on which they have created this two tier system are made of sand.

I would like to be around to see the look on their faces when it all collapses around them.

I know many will say that will never happen, but I am an optimist. Change is being introduced by two factors - greater awareness about these inequalities and the ability to air views about them (social media) and the lingering taste of the now removed democratic experience,(selecting their preferred government, however flawed); which try as they may will not go away. The pressure for that change can only increase.

Be careful what you wish for - I don't think an uprising of the poor and disenfranchised will stop at just eliminating the 'elite', the French, Russian and Cambodian revolutions are good reference points.

Also one elite is just replaced with an other elite.

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What exactly is the law about alcohol testing?

Can every drunk driver refuse a test? Seems rather a pointless law if this is the case.

Or maybe the right to refusal is based on WHO your daddy is?

Hmmm let me educate you in Thai law. Yes, if you are

driving a Mercedes of course you can refuse a DUI test.

If you are driving a Toyota the test is mandatory

when you have an accident while drunk. Clear now ??

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This story is featuring on the internet, Yahoo UK, and the very first response I read wouldn't see the light of day here as it lays the blame for everything at the feet of just one family !

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Could this be a case where the brakes were ok but the throttle stuck, just a thought.

More likely the cruise control which he had set on 200 km/h was faulty and could not be switched off.whistling.gif

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"We keep asking ourselves, when are the police going to be ashamed enough to do the right thing?"

Sadly, probably never.

Truth is, they did the right thing under the system of legislated inequality, Sakdina, that is the bedrock of Thai culture.

Perspicacity extreme. Yes, this is really interesting. This is what creates revolutions. Too tight a control from the top creates pressure down below.

The top dogs should read the iChing. Its all just human nature. Eveything changes.

They're applying rigid 'old fashioned' legislations on an evolving, political and social beast.

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