How can Thailand curb its appalling road fatality rate?

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Re: How can Thailand curb its appalling road fatality rate?

Post by Name Taken » Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:34 am

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Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:22 am
This one has been doing the rounds, the phrase "som num na" comes into mind ...

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Post by Nereus » Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:00 am

Notice how the slowest cars are those in the right hand lane. These p***ks are the direct cause of many accidents. :guns:
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Post by HHTel » Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:07 am

I agree. It always annoys me that I have to overtake on the nearside. I don't understand why Thais (including the police) insist on driving on the offside lane when the nearside lanes are empty. It is opposite to Thailand's driving regulations which are, in the main, the same as the UK. When I was learning to drive, I was always told that if the lane to my left is empty, then I should be in it!! It does cause accidents here but of course there is no enforcement and common sense doesn't exist.

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Re: How can Thailand curb its appalling road fatality rate?

Post by Spitfire » Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:17 pm

How can Thailand curb its appalling road fatality rate?
It can't....simply a non starter and it's now out-of-control due to lax law enforcement and hence no-one giving a shit about anything along with no convincing evidence of driving education being enacted.

Safety here is no more than a roll of the dice that can have the odds slightly lengthened by your own responsibility and caution.

Too much would have to change in too many areas and almost all that would be required to do meet that goal of curbing the excesses of the road slaughter here would simply be the polar opposite and run counter to what is socially or culturally the norm....and passively encouraged in many cases.

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Re: How can Thailand curb its appalling road fatality rate?

Post by ricardo » Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:20 pm

But if I stay in the right hand lane it means I never have have to worry about changing lanes and I can drive at whatever speed I like. 😎

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Re: How can Thailand curb its appalling road fatality rate?

Post by dundrillin » Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:20 pm

At night I drive in the right lane that means I don't hit the motor bikes driving without lights. I btw my eyesight is near perfect

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Post by dundrillin » Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:20 pm

I should say and !!

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Post by handdrummer » Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:42 am

it's Thailand's contribution to controlling overpopulation.

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Re: How can Thailand curb its appalling road fatality rate?

Post by Nereus » Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:47 pm

Call for year-round campaign against drink driving

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general ... nk-driving

Road accidents have already claimed 2,901 lives since Jan 1, showing the campaign against drink driving should be year-round not just during festivals and holidays, Don't Drive Drunk Foundation secretary-general Dr Taejing Siripanich, said on Tuesday.

He said 64 people died on the roads on Monday alone, the highest one-day toll so far this year.

In an interview with Daily News online, Dr Taejing said unofficial figures compiled by the Don't Drive Drunk Foundation, with the help of its networks throughout the country, showed as many as 2,901 people had died as a result of road accidents from Jan 1 to March 27.

The death toll from road accidents in January was 947, an average of 31 per day, and the February figure was 850, an average of 30 per day, he said.

From March 1 to March 27, a total of 1,104 people were killed, an average of 40 per day.  The number of deaths on March 27 alone was 64.

The foundation has urged the government to campaign against drink driving throughout the year, not just during festivals, he said.

The week-long campaign during the New Year that allowed authorities to temporarily impound the vehicles of drunk drivers proved to be successful in terms of stimulating public awareness about alcohol and driving, Dr Taejing Siripanich said.

However, road accidents did not happen only during festive seasons like the New Year and Songkran. They could occur at any time throughout the year, and do.

Therefore the road safety campaign should be continued throughout the year, if it was to effectively bring down the number of road fatalities, he said. 
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Re: How can Thailand curb its appalling road fatality rate?

Post by PBbeacher » Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:52 pm

Open up a new employment option for foreigners to work here = traffic police with grenade launchers and a license to kill. :guns:

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Post by mariad » Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:29 pm

PBbeacher wrote:
Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:52 pm
Open up a new employment option for foreigners to work here = traffic police with grenade launchers and a license to kill. :guns:
I wish they do this.

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Re: How can Thailand curb its appalling road fatality rate?

Post by Big Boy » Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:12 pm

Well this will help the problem. Van operators considering protest about safety measures.
Passenger van operators are threatening to stop their services from this Friday if Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha does not relax new traffic rules which require safer public van services.

Some regulations are worrying the operators who complain they cannot shoulder the higher expenses required to adjust their vehicles.

The Association of Interprovincial Van Business sent a petition Tuesday to Government House, calling on Gen Prayut to pay heed to their problem.
Full story: Bangkok Post

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Re: How can Thailand curb its appalling road fatality rate?

Post by margaretcarnes » Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:40 am

And now the PM has allegedly said that if drivers want to kill themselves go ahead. With such irresponsible comments from government how can things ever improve? Don't the powers that be realise that innocent lives can so easily be lost as well?

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Re: How can Thailand curb its appalling road fatality rate?

Post by handdrummer » Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:38 am

when people refuse to ride in vans that don't have seat belts the van operators will install seat belts. the public at large can greatly influence public policy but it takes someone to organize it through social media.

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Re: How can Thailand curb its appalling road fatality rate?

Post by jungle » Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:30 pm

Article in the BBC news states " Thailands roads are currently ranked the second most lethal in the world after Libya's" by the world health organisation

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