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Highway chief: Speeding drivers responsible for 85% of accidents


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Everybody on here is always criticizing drivers after an accident when they blame the wet road or something similar. Now somebody clearly puts the blame where it is supposed to be, the driver and speed, and still everybody is criticizing the man.

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12 hours ago, mrmicbkktxl said:

Oh well,when I was in sweden I didn't see  car for 3days,and Netherlands the speedlimit on motorways is 100km/h and police is enforcing very strict,and Switzerland is famous for doing things a bit slow,oh man I guess I stay to long in Thailand already I have an stupid excuse for everything

Netherlands has 120-130 for speedlimit on highways...Germany has no speed limit on certain highways. Sweden has praying muslems on many highways.

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I presume from the amount of gold on his uniform that Khun Somchai is a police officer rather than a civil servant or professional traffic engineer. So for him to say the law needs to be enforced without giving a plan how the police achieves this amounts to an admission of impending failure. A few soldiers doing stop checks won't make much difference, it needs maximum strength operations from highway and local police teams. But we all know that most of them will be off duty returning to their own provinces, and those on duty will be concerned about collecting from stallholders or partying, not patrolling. So it will be situation normal with massaging of the figures to support the fiction of improvement.

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14 hours ago, CGW said:

You don't see many drivers speeding where I live in Isaan!

As for going slow, plenty of em!!! I reckon they are at there limit going the speed they go and incapable of driving any faster! in other words they are unfit to drive!

Yet they all manage to make as much "noise" as possible!

I/we live in Isaan also, and driving here is a gigantic challenge:

Illegal buggies/carts/one cylinder farm trucks?/home made trikes etc. One thing that is striking around here is the speed limit for motorbikes is the same as a car, but I'll be damned if many go faster than 30-40 kph. And of course they almost ALWAYS refuse to ride on the shoulder of the road.  They ( in every type of vehicle) really seem oblivious to others. 

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Agreed but the reason Thai's are mentioned is because there are 65 million of them and only a handful of other nationalities

True enough, however it is perhaps hypocritical of us, as a group zone to be so critical if such a large percentage of us break what few rules there are?

Only yesterday there was a classic example - a westerner belting down the Chiang Mai - Doing Saket highway on a "big bike" weaving through both lanes, overtaking on the hard shoulder, zipping through a gap to get in the outer lane, and so on. He was wearing a helmet, but otherwise out-Thai-ng the Thais!
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2 minutes ago, selftaopath said:

 They ( in every type of vehicle) really seem ARE oblivious to others. 

I have taken the liberty of editing your post a little! They are totally oblivious to their surroundings! they live in a different world to us! I don't mean that nastily but the longer I stay here the more I realise just how different we are! to be honest I feel sympathy for them, they have no enthusiasm for life, its like they have given up, which in a nutshell makes them lousy inconsiderate, selfish, dangerous drivers!

Feel better now, but they really do my head in! After 30 years driving here I should be used to them, but yesterday I was witness to some of the most atrocious driving I have witnessed! They never fail to surprise!

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18 hours ago, alocacoc said:

I'm sure speeding is an bigger problem than alcohol.

 

But, there are also plenty of cars which are driving way too slow. I don't know what's wrong with them.

The reason being that they are scared to hit a motorcycle.

These contraptions swerve back and forth all over the road without looking what they're doing, cutting in and out of traffic, driving against the traffic flow etc. etc.

85% of road accidents are because of these motorcycle antics, not because of speeding cars.

Most MCs are speeding of over 100 km/hr., I clocked some of them at 120 km/hr on my car speedometer.

These are MCs of 110 or 125 cc.:shock1::sad:

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33 minutes ago, selftaopath said:

AMEN. In some countries a person operating a vehicle in excessively slow speeds will be ticket. They definitely are a hazard. BUTTtttttttt ......

Yep, a friend of a friend of mine always said: "i´ll go slow". He died, mowed down by a Minibus.

 

My credo is: go with the flow, just 10 km/h faster, because then i´m in charge of what happens.

So far, so good.

(which is still no antidote against drunk drivers, i know)

 

 

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I don't understand why they not use or install speed cameras.
They could make millions of Baht with that.
Just example of the Don Mueang tollway, speed limit is 80.
Absolutely no one cares about it...

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1 hour ago, CLW said:

I don't understand why they not use or install speed cameras.
They could make millions of Baht with that.
Just example of the Don Mueang tollway, speed limit is 80.
Absolutely no one cares about it...

Would involve someone needing to file the paperwork and send it to the appropriate adress and follow up to "enforce" something if it (which it likely will) just gets ignored, too much work of course. 

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14 hours ago, Destiny1990 said:

Cops need write out much more tickets for all kind of traffic violations then long term drivers will adjust their drive style.

First of all you need a competent and non corrupt police force, until then nothing will happen, just playing with words!

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Would involve someone needing to file the paperwork and send it to the appropriate adress and follow up to "enforce" something if it (which it likely will) just gets ignored, too much work of course. 

Automatic capture of your licence plate and pay at the toll both.

Other method use hand laser gun and pay the fine on the spot
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6 minutes ago, CLW said:

Automatic capture of your licence plate and pay at the toll both.

Doesn't have, uh, printed copies handy and a PC is too modern. This would also assume you are driving around toll booth areas. Ain't got any of those in Ubon to my knowledge.

 

7 minutes ago, CLW said:

Other method use hand laser gun and pay the fine on the spot

Now you are wanting the police to work again, you should know better than that ;D

 

Well, we can just sit back and wait for the next laugh to come out, I'm ready at any rate.

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3 minutes ago, CGW said:

First of all you need a competent and non corrupt police force, until then nothing will happen, just playing with words!

Yes, in my neck of woods, they are just checking for Helmets, because its end of month where they need some money.

I don´t know what they are there for.

Had a breakin, in my house, at night, complete with Fingerprints, Shoeprints, Tools, etc, but was of no interrest to them, all of the "investigating" Police smelled like Sang Som. Was just an interruption to them.

Needless to say, nothing came ever out of it.  Thanks.

 

 

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23 minutes ago, Ceruhe said:

Now you are wanting the police to work again, you should know better than that ;D

Good point, lots here want to put the Police to work! problem is they are happy doing little to nothing, raking a few baht in at every opportunity that doesn't involve too much effort!

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