New Year's Vehicle Accidents - 2018

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New Year's Vehicle Accidents - 2018

Post by PeteC » Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:31 am

Statistics should start coming in for day #1 (Dec.28) of the "seven deadly days" this morning. Stay tuned......
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Post by Nereus » Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:04 pm

And so it starts:

41 die on first 'dangerous day'

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/genera ... gerous-day

Forty-one people were killed and 500 injured on the first of the "seven dangerous days" of New Year holiday travel on the country's roads, officials said on Friday.

The 477 accidents recorded on Thursday compared with 524 accidents that resulted in 42 deaths and 565 injuries on the first day of the year-end travel period 12 months ago.

Officials estimate that 2.5 million people and 750,000 vehicles left Bangkok on Thursday for destinations across the country, Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said.

Chiang Mai recorded the highest number of accidents with 23 and injured people with 25 while Si Sa Ket had a nation-leading six deaths on Thursday.

The most common cause of road accidents (42.8%) was drink-driving, followed by speeding (26%). Motorcycles were involved in 73.6% of the accidents.

The most common time for accidents was between 4pm and 8pm. Officials said 52.5% of those killed and injured were of working age.

The Transport Ministry said this week that it aimed to reduce fatalities this year by at least 5% from the 487 recorded during the "seven dangerous days" a year ago.

Thailand has the world's second-worst road fatality rate per 100,000 population, behind only Libya, according to a World Health Organization study.
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Re: New Year's Vehicle Accidents - 2018

Post by stretch » Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:58 pm

The way they drive who's shocked

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Post by Big Boy » Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:16 pm

I'm sure after the recent publicity, the figures will read as an improvement regardless of reality. A bit like TAT's tourism figures.
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Post by usual suspect » Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:44 am

Looking at the figures..one aspect that never gets mentioned (or even considered) is all the 1000's of drivers that will not turn on their lights till it's pitch black..! :banghead:
Every evening (& mornings too) if a driver can see where he's going the lights are off..not 1 of them ever thinks that other drivers have blacked-out glass & will not see him driving 'unlit'..Yet motorcycles ride without headlights (normally at weekends when they've taken the alternator coil out for more power/speed), Pick-ups speed into town well above the new 50kph limit with no lights on, then wonder why there was a big smash.. :banghead: :banghead:
(But we all know 10/20 yrs from now this scenario will be just the same :? )

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Post by bsdk1960 » Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:00 am

I looked at the numbers some years,and if I remember correct,the daily death and accident is the same or higher, as the 7 deadliest day ,songkran and whatever holydays they always warned you about .

as for the light on cars,motorbike or anything ,I try to avoid to drive after the sun goes down in area where there is no lights on the road.

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Post by PeteC » Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:50 am

bsdk1960 wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:00 am
I looked at the numbers some years,and if I remember correct,the daily death and accident is the same or higher, as the 7 deadliest day ,songkran and whatever holydays they always warned you about .

as for the light on cars,motorbike or anything ,I try to avoid to drive after the sun goes down in area where there is no lights on the road.

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Post by PeteC » Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:03 pm

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Post by VincentD » Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:33 pm

They don't turn on their lights because:
1. The bulb that comes with the vehicle lasts forever - no need to check. Ditto brake light.
2. Things are put in the basket in front of the motorsai, obscuring the headlight. The driver doesn't notice, as it either shines in his face, so he knows it's on, or.. see point #1
3. For newer cars and pickups, especially those with hid bulbs - the cost of the replacement is so high (5,000 baht, ask me how I know) they just ignore it and expect everyone else to have x-ray and night vision and see them.

Other factors:
- coloured/tinted headlight bulbs that look nice but are actually less efficient than the normal halogen ones. Usually found at the night market stalls.
- headlight cluster bling - now these cost a lot and look nice, but actually degrade the performance of the lights. Especially the LED ones
- badly adjusted headlights - they'll spot ufos first..
Okay, okay.. point made..

Anyway, have a happy and safe new year all. I'm camped at home and not going anywhere this year.
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Re: New Year's Vehicle Accidents - 2018

Post by Khundon1975 » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:44 pm

I wonder how many accidents are due to drivers being out of their heads on drugs. :rasta:

Probably they can be lumped in with the drunk category, as their probably high on both anyway.
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Re: New Year's Vehicle Accidents - 2018

Post by PeteC » Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:00 pm

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/genera ... ger-period

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As you can see the numbers are changing for previous days as we go along. I'm assuming some injuries are now deaths.
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Re: New Year's Vehicle Accidents - 2018

Post by PeteC » Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:18 am

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/genera ... ger-period

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Post by dundrillin » Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:09 pm

Police were out in force in Soi 65 last night and checking for drunk drivers. I must add they were Very polite and insisted on shaking my hand and taking my photograph. Incidentally I passed the test. The fail level here is 50 this compares with 35 in England and 22 in Scotland.

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Post by Big Boy » Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:38 pm

I'm being thick, sorry :oops: but what is 50? The percentage of those tested? Did you have to blow in a bag, and the reading needs to be higher than 50?
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Re: New Year's Vehicle Accidents - 2018

Post by Nereus » Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:08 pm

Yes, it is a strange way of quoting it.

https://www.thephuketnews.com/questions ... -48873.php

Scotland cuts drink-drive alcohol limit.

A new law has come into force which makes the legal drink-drive limit in Scotland lower than elsewhere in the UK.
The change reduces the legal alcohol limit from 80mg to 50mg in every 100ml of blood.
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