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New Year’s Eve was the third day of the yearly Seven Dangerous Days, where the Thai Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation tracks traffic accidents and deaths, as holiday travel create a sharp increase in traffic incidents. And yesterday saw 555 traffic accidents that resulted in 535 injuries and 65 road deaths. The Road Accidents Prevention and Reduction Centre reported a total of 1,339 accidents with 1,322 injured people and 153 deaths in the first 3 days of the holiday period. Like Day 2, Chiang Mai was the province with the most accidents and the most injuries reported on New […]

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How many deaths from Omicron? From diabetes? Watch against cheap fried food died in cheap vegetable oils or sugars (fruits, included) or cheap white rice and flour. Go low-carb or keto. Animal fat (butter included) is healthier than the junk-food sponsored FDA is. Fau(l)ci?

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We drove from Pattaya to Ubon we left at 10am traffic wasn’t really an issue until we got near to sisaket. Took us between 10-11 hours which is about normal considering we made a wrong turn and the road we were on had no lights or very few plus the car has tinted windows which made it difficult. I only experienced a few wreckless drivers driving too fast or driving too close to the car in front. This seems to be the norm here and braking too quickly instead of leaving room between cars.

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15 minutes ago, whitesnake said:

It's great to see the government's safety campaign has had real gravitas and being taken notice of.....NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not the driver's faults then....?

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Unfortunately, you can't legislate personal responsibility. There is a much deeper issue underlying this trend of road accidents, not just in Thailand, but around the world. Those who drive with a careless attitude and a wanton disregard for the safety of others, will keep on doing it unless there are consequences. For those of us who do drive responsibly and with concern for our own lives and the lives of others, who are in the overwhelming majority, we need to learn skills that will help us to avoid the careless ones. In my country there is a defensive driving course, which teaches advanced driving skills, to know how to negotiate difficult driving situations. If we can't stop the idiots out there, this course teaches how to avoid them.

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3 minutes ago, Jason said:

Unfortunately, you can't legislate personal responsibility. There is a much deeper issue underlying this trend of road accidents, not just in Thailand, but around the world. Those who drive with a careless attitude and a wanton disregard for the safety of others, will keep on doing it unless there are consequences. For those of us who do drive responsibly and with concern for our own lives and the lives of others, who are in the overwhelming majority, we need to learn skills that will help us to avoid the careless ones. In my country there is a defensive driving course, which teaches advanced driving skills, to know how to negotiate difficult driving situations. If we can't stop the idiots out there, this course teaches how to avoid them.

The likes of me, that have been here for many years, know there is a pandemic of daft road users which in my opinion will never change, because those who should enforce change don't care and do nothing.

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1 minute ago, Jason said:

It seems the enforcers spend a lot of their time, pulling over tourists.....

That may be true in Patt's or Patong. 

Chiang Mai RTP arrested 194 drunk drivers on NYE. 

Today they've been active in a safe driving campaign.  I'd slow down for a look, and a cold drink >

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2 hours ago, Transam said:

Not the driver's faults then....?

Yes, that's the big issue, @Transam, that the govt, via its sleeping RTP 'police' force, is doing next to nothing to fix driver faults. Each time we drive past the local Highway Police office, there are 2 - sometimes 3 - patrol cars parked there . . . never, as far as we see, actually patrolling on the busy 22 highway.

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1 minute ago, King Cotton said:

Yes, that's the big issue, @Transam, that the govt, via its sleeping RTP 'police' force, is doing next to nothing to fix driver faults. Each time we drive past the local Highway Police office, there are 2 - sometimes 3 - patrol cars parked there . . . never, as far as we see, actually patrolling on the busy 22 highway.

There is a police tent near me, it goes up at all these booze events, the problem is, the tent is full of tables and chairs, you can guess the rest.

PS. Over the Christmas/New Year, I have yet to see a cop....😬

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2 hours ago, whitesnake said:

It's great to see the government's safety campaign has had real gravitas and being taken notice of.....NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why might anyone take notice to anything a government will sponsor or promote? 

Should be well understood that govt, of any stature, has little or no concern for the well being of it's respective flock. 

Yet, we all go on - in one form or another - as if any govt body will extend some benign and benevolent concern for any of us. 

 

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1 hour ago, KaptainRob said:

That may be true in Patt's or Patong. 

Chiang Mai RTP arrested 194 drunk drivers on NYE. 

Today they've been active in a safe driving campaign.  I'd slow down for a look, and a cold drink >

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Tempted to say "chin chin".......    for initiative!

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16 hours ago, Thaiger said:

New Year’s Eve was the third day of the yearly Seven Dangerous Days, where the Thai Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation tracks traffic accidents and deaths, as holiday travel create a sharp increase in traffic incidents. And yesterday saw 555 traffic accidents that resulted in 535 injuries and 65 road deaths. The Road Accidents Prevention and Reduction Centre reported a total of 1,339 accidents with 1,322 injured people and 153 deaths in the first 3 days of the holiday period. Like Day 2, Chiang Mai was the province with the most accidents and the most injuries reported on New […]

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The interesting thing here is Thailand are beginning to publish other, more useful forms of statistics …

One way to record crash statistics has been to classify injures as Fatal, serious and minor – Thailand has over the years failed to do this. Another is the number of crashes. Now all of a sudden we see 555 crashes or an average of 446 per day.

Compare this to the UK – which has on average 335 per day. This is a difference of about 25% to 30%. Yet the DEATH rate in Thailand is around 22 per 100,000 as opposed to the UK’s 3 per 100,000. A 733% difference!

The crash numbers ae not hugely different but the deaths are – What is going on? One explanation has to be it isn’t just “bad driving” as much as what happens after a vehicle has lost control – the actual environment – roads, obstacles, vehicle safety and of course EMERGENCY services

 

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4 hours ago, Jason said:

Unfortunately, you can't legislate personal responsibility. There is a much deeper issue underlying this trend of road accidents, not just in Thailand, but around the world. Those who drive with a careless attitude and a wanton disregard for the safety of others, will keep on doing it unless there are consequences. For those of us who do drive responsibly and with concern for our own lives and the lives of others, who are in the overwhelming majority, we need to learn skills that will help us to avoid the careless ones. In my country there is a defensive driving course, which teaches advanced driving skills, to know how to negotiate difficult driving situations. If we can't stop the idiots out there, this course teaches how to avoid them.

Idiots exist on ALL roads worldwide - it is down to the governments to deal with it - it is a public health issue.

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53 minutes ago, Khunwilko said:

The crash numbers ae not hugely different but the deaths are – What is going on?

What is the ratio of scooters to other vehicles on UK roads?  

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2 hours ago, KaptainRob said:

What is the ratio of scooters to other vehicles on UK roads?  

I don't know - or haven't worked it out. but motorcycle riders and passengers are 73% of fatalities in Thailand. If you take away these it is actually SAFER to be in a 4-wheeled vehicle in Thailand than in the USA.

It would seem the percentage of M/Cs is about 50% in Thailand. Of course mileage etc is harder to find

 

USA is 8% and UK 4% (approx)

 

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7 hours ago, Jason said:

It seems the enforcers spend a lot of their time, pulling over tourists.....

Ive seen many of those  enforcers  drive as  badly as the idiots

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9 hours ago, Jason said:

It seems the enforcers spend a lot of their time, pulling over tourists.....

probably perception over reality. Many police don't like to be bothered with foreigners - it's just too much hassle. They may have a road block in a touristy area which will involve a lot of foreigners but singling them out is just too difficult.

I knew of a guy on the M7 who used to hang around the tolls waiting for foreigners to drive through, but my guess is that he got told disappear.

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