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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.

That's the RTP. And not just in Bangkok. Nor just in Thailand. But the fact remains that Thai drivers all too often don't move out of the way for an ambulance, even though the law states they should.

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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.  

Given the "fine" job the Police are doing enforcing current traffic laws I'm sure they would again do a "fine" job enforcing this law!

 

We are not in the west, ambulances have only appeared on the roads in very recent times, Thai's knowing their ilk have no road sense or training to let the body snatchers  take their spot in the traffic jams! :shock1:

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5 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.

 

That is exactly what the a##hole in the pickup thought.  Reflect on that for a moment.

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4 hours ago, sahibji said:

you possibly need clearer laws and prompt enforcement to have the ambulances doing their noble work.

I think the laws are pretty clear, the enforcement however.....

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6 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.

I was at the scene of a minor accident which had just happened, and in a short time there were six ambulances there, each one with there emergency lights on, trying to get there first to get any business.

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6 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.

Unfortunately that is true. I saw it once up in Isaan, I was driving along and suddenly an ambulance came flying past with lights flashing & siren blazing away, I moved aside and allowed it to pass, but a few minutes later I passed the same ambulance pulled up outside a restaurant, and the driver was outside talking to some mates, and had a big fat ear-to-ear smile on his dumb face.

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All ambulances should have a dash cam and if someone cuts them off or deliberately blocks them the dash cam should take a picture of their license number. This should be reviewed daily and fines and seizers issued. 

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In "developed" countries it is clearly mandated by law that drivers must give way to emergency vehicles. Drivers obey the law because it is policed and very expensive if you don't.

I presume that in Thailand it is clearly mandated also. Although I have seen many ambulances on Thai roads with signals going, I've never yet seen a Thai driver make any attempt to get out of the way.

Why would that be? The usual answer - total lack of policing of drivers actual behaviour on the road. Until that happens, then no behavioural change will take place.

Clearly that's never gonna happen, so the moral of the story is: stay out of Thai ambulances!

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8 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.

What an insensitive remark! So you justify any one blocking an ambulance?

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