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Motorbike accident deaths: Thailand number one in the world

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Motorbike accident deaths: Thailand number one in the world

 

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BANGKOK: -- Experts at a conference promoting a motorcycle safety campaign have said that Thailand is number one in motorcycle deaths.

 

On average 5,500 motorcyclists die annually in Thailand and the figures are just going up and up despite measures to try and stop the increase.

 

And the problem is particularly bad among the nation's youth, reported Manager.

 

Some 2,500 under twenties are dying annually on the roads.

 

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The experts have now called on manufacturers of bikes in Thailand to use available technology to limit speeds to 90 kilometers per hour.

 

They said that the problem rests with the fact that speed sells but also that speed kills.

 

It was stated that bike manufacturers were often obliged to install safety features for the export market that were not insisted upon for sales locally.

 

Thanapong Jinwong, a road safety advisor speaking at the launch of "Safety Bike" said that deaths in motorcycle accidents are going up and up unabated.

 

While the country has the dubious distinction of being number two in all road deaths per capita it was number one in motorcycle fatalities, he said.

 

"We have all the industrial capabilities with very little of the safety features," he lamented.

 

"There needs to be more regulations for bikes slated for local sale", he suggested.

 

While the experts accepted that driving habits and helmet use were vital the actions of the rider were only one part of the deadly equation.

 

Campaign leader Wanchai Meesiri said: "Everyone always points to the riders themselves but we also need to look closely at the vehicles and the roads".

 

Dr Jinda Jaroenpornphanit said that everyone concerned needs to get to the root causes of the problem.

 

"At Songkran over the last ten years we have seen no lessening of accidents despite so called safety campaigns," he said. "In fact the deaths continue to rise".

 

He said his own students had died and he was tired of seeing the needless death of people, many of whom were very young.

 

He had studied for seven years in Japan and it was a source of shame to him when people there pointed to the fact of Thais not wearing helmets, using the sidewalks or going the wrong way down roads.

 

While he accepted the responsibility lay with riders it was also very important not to forget the responsibility of the manufacturers.

 

"As much as driving habits we need to look at the vehicles themselves. Computer technology exists to limit speeds".

 

He said that 90 kilometers was too fast but if there was a cap on that speed as well as a campaign to slow motorcyclists down to 60 kilometers an hour that would have a dramatic effect on the figures.

 

He suggested that arguments that motorcyclists need high speeds to overtake were groundless.

 

A combination of driver training, helmet and safety gear usage, stopping drink driving and the cooperation of manufacturers was what was needed to begin to address the death toll.

 

All were in agreement that continuing to follow the path of recent years would have no success and result in the unnecessary death of thousands of people in the years to come.

 

Now was the time for a rethink and change, they said.

 

Source: Manager

 
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7 minutes ago, webfact said:

Thailand is number one in motorcycle deaths.

 

And, probably number one in collecting fines for not wearing a helmet.

Just about puts thing in perspective !

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Well done, Thailand. Another achievement to be proud of.

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Experts needed to find such an ingenious solution?

Some x% of accidents might be affected.

Completely away from the real problems.

 

 

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Here we go again blame the manufacturers because there is nothing wrong with the riders naturally !

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Yes, sure (yawn), it's solely speed that kills, not the non-existing driving skills among motorists and their total disregard for their own safety and that of others (yawn again).

 

A motorbike crash can be just as deadly at 40 kmh as at 60 or 90. Ask any expert. But not Thai "experts", of course, because they know s**t (as glaringly obvious from the OP). 

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The experts have now called on manufacturers of bikes in Thailand to use available technology to limit speeds to 90 kilometers per hour.

 

Just falling on your head from a bicycle can kill you. Nothing makes any sense if people do not wear good helmets. Not the plastic crap ones. 

 

 The educational system is also at fault. Watch three kids driving to school on one bike and neither cops nor teachers do anything? 

 

  Would such a speed limit prevent accidents? I doubt it. 

 

 

      

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3 minutes ago, Misterwhisper said:

Yes, sure (yawn), it's solely speed that kills, not the non-existing driving skills among motorists and their total disregard for their own safety and that of others (yawn again).

 

A motorbike crash can be just as deadly at 40 kmh as at 60 or 90. Ask any expert. But not Thai "experts", of course, because they know s**t (as glaringly obvious from the OP). 

 

They know a lot of s.it...

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“the figures are just going up and up despite measures to try and stop the increase…There needs to be more regulations for bikes slated for local sale…”

 

More useless statements and "efforts" that are used to try and make it look as though Thailand is addressing this problem.

 

The main reason for all these deaths is that Thais do not know how to drive. Period. There are no adequate driver training programs and driving tests. There is no uniform enforcement of laws to control, speed, underage drivers, ignoring traffic signals, driving in the wrong lane, ignoring right of way, etc. 

 

As long as the Thai authorities spend all their efforts to make it looks that they are addressing this problem instead of taking effective action to stop the carnage, nothing will change. 

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Charles Darwin explained this in a very long but simple therory about natural selection.

 

The problem isn't the enforcement, the speed, the booze, etc. the problem is just stupidity.

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Imagine how much higher the death rate would be if they didn't use the sidewalk. Come on guys, get onto the road, make that number one spot secure.

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Vietnam solved the problem of people not wearing helmets by confiscating the bikes of those who didn't comply.

This does of course require a police force that can't easily be paid off, and who will enforce the law, so might not be possible in Thailand...

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