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Thailand is World’s Deadliest Country for Motorcyclists

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Thailand is World’s Deadliest Country for Motorcyclists

 

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Picture: Chiang Rai Times

 

BANGKOK – Experts said last month that, on average, 5,500 motorcyclists die annually – or 15 deaths a day,making Thailand the world’s deadliest country for two-wheelers.

 

The issue returned to the fore this month after two separate motorbike accidents in Phuket killed a pregnant British tourist and seriously injured another British tourist.

 

“If you take motorcycles out of the equation, Thailand’s roads will be as safe as (those in) Switzerland, the United States and Britain,” Dr Liviu Vedrasco, health cluster chief at the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Bangkok, told The Sunday Times.

 

In a 2015 report, WHO said there were 26.3 motorcycle-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Thailand, the highest in the world.

 

Full story: http://www.chiangraitimes.com/thailand-is-worlds-deadliest-country-for-motorcyclists.html

 
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These motor bike riders think they have a brick wall around them and nothing can hurt them. They just turn into the road & dont look.

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Oh come on stop the spin, everyone who uses the roads here are in danger, including the dam dogs.

 

World Health Organisation

 

What the hell do they know, sat in their air con offices talking bullS>>>

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Well what a surprise!

 

And how many more countries are there on earth where one can see a motobike driving against traffic every 20 seconds???

 

Thanks RTP, you guys can be proud....

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Anything else we didn't know ? Like, is the pope a catholic ?

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Just looking at the picture it seems that at least one rider did not have their helmet fastened, I lost a good friend in Pattaya a few years back because of the fact that he didn't have his helmet fastened, wearing an unfastened helmet might save you a 500 baht fine but it will not save your life, if the helmet laws were to be "policed" for everyone the stats might come down a bit.

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On a vacation trip some years back, we saw the aftermath of 3 fatal motorcycle accidents.  It was 3 in 4 weeks.  Too much.

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Riding a motorcycle in Thailand for the better part of the last 30 years from big choppers to a  scooters, my biggest fear was not be hit from behind by a careless and distracted drivers, which are plenty of them around, other than that, I ride with a mindset of a racing driver, watching and calculating what other road users all around me are doing and to preempt a disaster.... Once I was hit head on while waiting in a red lights  by a out of control pickup and broke my left wrist bone, other than that,  so far so good... 

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Just looking at the picture it seems that at least one rider did not have their helmet fastened, I lost a good friend in Pattaya a few years back because of the fact that he didn't have his helmet fastened, wearing an unfastened helmet might save you a 500 baht fine but it will not save your life, if the helmet laws were to be "policed" for everyone the stats might come down a bit.

If the person wants to ignore his her own safety and take risks, allow them. But they or their families ought not to be surprised, upset or sorrowful when an accident happens.

 

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"...making Thailand the world’s deadliest country for two-wheelers."

 

What the article should say is that "Thailand is the most lax in enforcing safety standards for motor cycle and auto drivers, resulting in it becoming the most deadliest country for such vehicles". 

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“If you take motorcycles out of the equation, Thailand’s roads will be as safe as (those in) Switzerland, the United States and Britain,” Dr Liviu Vedrasco

 

B.S. 

 

They are maniacs in cars and trucks too, they just don't die as easily.

 

I could sometimes go months without seeing a car accident in the US. I see one or two (cars) per week here, usually late night. 

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I agree with half of the article. There is no doubt it is incredibly dangerous to drive a motorbike in Thailand. More than likely due to the astonishing lack of skill, awareness, defensive driving, caution, patience, driving IQ, forethought, consideration for others, regard for their passenger, and other drivers, the refusal to wear a helmet, and when one is worn, the refusal to invest real money, in a real helmet, and total and complete lack of law enforcement.

 

However, I adamantly disagree with the conclusion that Thailand would be as safe as Switzerland if motorbikes were removed from the picture. That is rubbish. Nonsense. People here drive with such an incredible lack of regard for safety, and others on the road, much less their own families that are driving with them. A lot of the blame falls squarely on the very, very small shoulders of the toy police, who are beyond incompetent, and indifferent beyond imagination.

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2 hours ago, Jessi said:

These motor bike riders think they have a brick wall around them and nothing can hurt them. They just turn into the road & dont look.

I said it before, they seem to look at it this way.....If I don't look and check then I won't see anything coming, and if I don't see anything then it is OK for me to glide onto the main road regardless.

 

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2 hours ago, Jessi said:

These motor bike riders think they have a brick wall around them

and nothing can hurt them. They just turn into the road & dont look.

I certainly don't feel that way, I am very cautious. I was thinking that very thing the other day, not only do I have to be cautious, I need to fear others around me.  And I tell you, trucks and cars also turn directly into the path of motorcycles without care.

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