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On Tuesday, the second day of the “Seven Deadly Days” of the Songkran break, there were 301 road accidents, resulting in 47 deaths and 292 injuries. Accidents are still caused by drink driving and speeding. 84% of the accidents occurred on straight roads. Motorcycles and pick-up trucks were involved in the majority of the accidents, 80%, and 10% respectively, about average for the breakdown of road trauma data. The Highway Department is responsible for collating information for 40% of the accidents on their main highways, while tambon administration organisation areas are responsible for 35% of the accidents. Nearly 2,000 “safety” […]

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😮 wow

why don’t the Police do their job and check drivers permanently?

The amount of Drunk drivers checked is so crazy and out of control communities drinking and driving?

over 20,000 with no licence!

that’s close to 30% of all drivers with no licence !

should that not tell Thai police road safety is a priority and knowing how to drive is a problem?

Pick up trucks in a lot of theses accidents and probably caused a lot of the Motorcycles deaths .

We must all come together and stop speeding and overtaking on straight roads!

These drivers have no idea when it’s safe to pass!

More must be done !

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10 minutes ago, Grant said:

We must all come together and stop speeding and overtaking on straight roads!

Surely that causes more collisions than prevents them......................😀

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More of a question then a comment... I wonder if people are stopped for not having a driver's licence or no helmet and they get a fine, are they allowed to drive on after being fined...?

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8 minutes ago, RichardR said:

More of a question then a comment... I wonder if people are stopped for not having a driver's licence or no helmet and they get a fine, are they allowed to drive on after being fined...?

Probably depends on the size of the contribution to the Police Benevolent Fund. 

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1 hour ago, Grant said:

QUESTION:

😮 wow

why don’t the Police do their job and check drivers permanently?

The amount of Drunk drivers checked is so crazy and out of control communities drinking and driving?

over 20,000 with no licence!

that’s close to 30% of all drivers with no licence !

should that not tell Thai police road safety is a priority and knowing how to drive is a problem?

Pick up trucks in a lot of theses accidents and probably caused a lot of the Motorcycles deaths .

We must all come together and stop speeding and overtaking on straight roads!

These drivers have no idea when it’s safe to pass!

More must be done !

Totally agree with all you say. Totally unfathomable. More must be done as you say. Sadly, nothing will be done. 

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53 minutes ago, RichardR said:

More of a question then a comment... I wonder if people are stopped for not having a driver's licence or no helmet and they get a fine, are they allowed to drive on after being fined...?

Yes. And if you are a woman, chances are you will be waved on without even checking you. 

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According to the WHO, Thailand has an annual road death toll in excess of 20,000, which is over 50 per day. If true, then is means that the deaths (so far) over the Songkran period are about the normal daily average.

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"Normal daily average of road deaths"

Then there is no need to worry.  If road deaths were above normal then we would have a problem.

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So much unnecessary death, kinda like the obesity issue in the USA?🙂

 

So some may have a choice of being healthy and fit and than dying in an accident. or be a fat ass and die in the bed? Give me a choice.

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16 hours ago, Grant said:

QUESTION:

😮 wow

why don’t the Police do their job and check drivers permanently?

The amount of Drunk drivers checked is so crazy and out of control communities drinking and driving?

over 20,000 with no licence!

that’s close to 30% of all drivers with no licence !

should that not tell Thai police road safety is a priority and knowing how to drive is a problem?

Pick up trucks in a lot of theses accidents and probably caused a lot of the Motorcycles deaths .

We must all come together and stop speeding and overtaking on straight roads!

These drivers have no idea when it’s safe to pass!

More must be done !

I agree 100%, when there is strict control, from the top, maybe something will be done.

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The fact that the Bangkok Post chose to add the last paragraph is interesting. What does ‘dying of a covid related disease’ mean? Covid is not ‘related’ to any other disease but it is a cause, or more often a contributory cause, of death mostly in the elderly or those already suffering from other ailments. A recent statistic quoted in the Thaiger by a Thai doctor stated that 50-60% of those currently in hospital suffering from covid were unvaccinated. That means that 40-50% were vaccinated. Hmm…vaccination doesn’t seem to help much then but that’s another story.  Sadly road deaths  occur mostly amongst much younger people who have hardly had a chance to live their lives. Unfortunately we have to live with the elderly dying of all kinds of diseases, perhaps with covid being a contributory factor. That’s just life. What we DON’T have to live with almost entirely preventable tragic road accidents among young people. And therein lies the difference. 

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On 4/13/2022 at 5:02 PM, RichardR said:

More of a question then a comment... I wonder if people are stopped for not having a driver's licence or no helmet and they get a fine, are they allowed to drive on after being fined...?

Yes they are. Moreover if they’re stopped again they can show their receipt to the next set of police to show they’ve already been fined once today already. So they’ll be sent on their way with no further fine.

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