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1 hour ago, bandito said:

 

There is a new law that an ambulance, sirene on, has the right of way.

Traffic has to yield same as for a police car, stop and give them room to pass.

I think that most people are unaware of this new law.

 

Thailand has a lot of good and well meant laws

But the police does not enforce them.

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It all gets down to RESPECT. On Thai roads this is non existent. From motorbikes to tourist buses , local buses trucks etc. driving / riding in Thailand is a life or death experience every time . Emergency lanes on freeways are just another lane for traffic, pickups stopping on street to load unload causing massive traffic jam behind. Buses think they are on a race track not a public road. Speeding signs used as a minimum speed not maximum. Under age non licensed students children riding motorbikes at speed with three or more on board. Law enforcement non existent. Second highest road death toll in the world. No wonder.

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Anyone found to be deliberately blocking an emergency vehicle should have their own vehicle impounded and not returned as they clearly have no respect for others on the road - and who knows what that can lead to. Well, we know don't we. Carnage due to the Me First attitude that is so deeply ingrained into Thai culture. If, as it appears in this case. the driver has a mental age of five they shouldn't be driving anyway.

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1 hour ago, Radar501 said:

 

Am I the only one who doesn't see it this way?

 

At the start of the clip, it shows the black pick-up approaching the fork in the road with the ambulance behind him.   He has then turned left into the smaller artery and stopped.   MAYBE the driver thought the ambulance was going straight along the main thoroughfare, and he was actually trying to give it free passage.

 

Then, when the ambulance has followed him left into the smaller road, the pick up can be seen immediately driving forward and stopping clear of the intersection, again MAYBE at a point where the ambulance could overtake safely.

 

When the ambulance stopped to do a U-turn, the pick up stopped in front of the ambulance, with his window open and talked to the ambulance officer.   I didn't see any body language that I usually associate with an angry driver. MAYBE he thought the ambulance was lost or in some other way, needed assistance.

 

As a front-line cop for 25 years, I know very well that some motorists do the most ridiculous things when there is an emergency vehicle with lights and sirens blaring behind them.   Most of the time it is due to panic, and not rudeness or indifference.

 

I think you missed the part of the story where the pick-up driver with a mental age of five was asking the ambulance driver if someone was dying. Offering directions didn't enter into it.

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Clear up the godforsaken police force. If these buggers would their job by taking Somchai off the road with this flashers and sirens and allow only ambulances - to be given top priority - while educating Khon Thai about opening a lane in traffic jams by moving those left - left and those right - right .........

Europe is not Nirvana but some things they got right and that is one of them. You don't move your vehicle IMMEDIATELY they'll slap "ignorant manslaughter" onto your back while your insurance company (mandatory, by the way) will be damages which occurred by letting an ambulance, fire brigade etc. pass unhindered 

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6 hours ago, ezzra said:

This is a more comic happening that being too serious at it, the medics

should have said Yes!! we do have someone dying here and you're in the way....

The driver of the Pickup should be throwen in jail. No ifs or buts.

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4 hours ago, cooked said:

I have the impression, in Bangkok at least, that ambulances automatically turn on sirens and lights when going anywhere. No wonder they are disrespected.

Maybe you need a Psychiatrist?

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4 hours ago, cooked said:

I have the impression, in Bangkok at least, that ambulances automatically turn on sirens and lights when going anywhere. No wonder they are disrespected.

 

Been driving here for close to 30 years. I've notice ambulances that are in a real emergency they will be driving quickly with siren and lights, trying to squeeze through traffic. Those that are not in a hurry will just have lights on as a safety precaution if a patient is on board.  But of course sometimes there are those ahole drivers, but I find it few and uncommon nowadays compare to 10 years ago.

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3 hours ago, bkkcanuck8 said:

 

I was thinking the same thing.  Whether the ambulance is on the way to or on the way back to the hospital with a patient.... they should have the right of way and .... respect.   Anyone purposely impeding the ambulance should be at a minimum severely fined, with potential to rise to the level of manslaughter or criminal negligence.  

It helps if while here we refrain from applying common sense when in this country as you will horribly chastised as being a horrible farang. I really toil with how to turn off my common sense meter. Constantly reminding myself NOT to apply it here. If you think like them it will all seem perfectly clear.

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If "it" (the pick up driver) had another brain, it would be lonely! :post-4641-1156693976:

 

Unfortunately this gives a clue to some bad instances of Thai culture - lack of respect of human life e.g. kids beaten, kids raped, kids killed etc etc........     :sad:

 

I am sure Buddhism has taught them different. But, who's learning?

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16 minutes ago, Get Real said:

Just another person with an IQ-level that is not consistant with the world in general.

Unfortunately, given the state of things in so much of the world, I think it is consistent (but I know what you mean).

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