Thai Road toll

Moo Uaon

Well-known member
^ it`s the MB`s where the biggest % of deaths occur though Jonty. The vast majority can`t afford anything more or a decent helmet,if at all.

They are a mobile population but at a high cost in death,disability and injury.
Pure economics will see that the situation wont change quickly.

We did 820k`s yesterday and only saw the one collision. It was a car and a bike and yes absolutely no problems for the people in the car...not sure about the bike rider/s though.
 

Hatari

Active member
last NY I was waved down and stopped at one of these roadside checkpoints
On my bicycle.
Much hilarity as I was questioned, produced ID which they copied, jokingly asked if I had been drinking alcohol - and if it was beers my drink bottles (they had a checklist to tick off the questions).
All in good fun, then had my photo taken with the crew - maybe there was a bonus for 'helping a foreigner', offered a free coffee (no thanks) and water bottles topped up.

Similar at Songkran this year when a Highway Patrol car passed me and stopped. Told me I was very good for wearing a helmet and bright-coloured shirt, wrote down my name, told me my Thai was poor for someone who'd been here as long as I have (thanks!!), then said 'thankyou very much' and off they went.
 

Hatari

Active member
2010 Thailand Road Traffic Fatality Statistics, doubt percentages have varied much



It was estimated in 2011 that 53% of drivers and 19% of passengers of motorized two wheelers are wearing helmets

It was estimated in 2011 that 61% of drivers and 42% of front seat occupants are using seat belts

(Thai Road Foundation national observational study)
 

Chob

Moderator
Wearing a seatbelt in the back seat wasnt checked because in numerous vehicles such as Bangkok taxis and 'extra' or 'space' cab utes there is NO seatbelts !
( Well the taxi Corollas have them but the lower buckle must be hidden under the seat ...)
 

Cippy

Well-known member
I was happy to see many check-points set up in Loei for SongKhran. But, most were all abandoned by about 17:00. So, if you wanted to get away with it, just had to wait till evening time. I think it would be quite simple to change the way police operate and start pulling people over. There might be a start-up cost but, it would soon pay for itself with the fines stacking up. I think this would be a motivation to make it happen.
 

Moo Uaon

Well-known member
^ plenty of checkpoints with colorful printed marques,decorated with flowers,bbq`s and camp fires with people sitting around them in Loei province yesterday Cippy...all across the north actually.
 

Cippy

Well-known member
^ Really? Well, I've been gone for two New Years now, so have witnessed it. Are they open through the night? Is it like Songkran where the close up shop at 17:00?

Didn't help Sweeties Puppy yesterday. She recused two dogs from the local Wat, brothers, one black and one white she called Charcoal and Diamond, or "Chakoh and Diamon." Well, Diamon was taken out by a drunk driver yesterday in front of the farm, the guy then proceeded to drive off the road about 4 kms down.

To add insult to injury, the old fellow across the street came over and asked if he could eat her Dog.
 

Moo Uaon

Well-known member
^ we were off the road well before night fall...but it is the start of the deadly days period so i think they`ll all be there for a fair bit longer.

It was almost like there may be a competition for the most beautiful looking roadside checkpoint/camp by the way they were decorated with pics of the MiB heirachy beside some of them and journos and cameramen on duty that i saw a few times.
 
Z

Zablive

Guest
The first time in nearly 6 years here that I have seen for the first time (apart from a very rare radar trap) traffic MIB, on motorbikes in pairs, actually policing moving traffic violations in Phuket town ( not at roadblock tea money checks) last week.
 

justcruzing1

Active member
OHH Not The Feeling...Toyota!!

[video]http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/justcruzing1/media/ToyotainLOS_zps57e8657b.mp4.html[/video]
 

Rivo

New member
I saw that one years ago JC, like Moo says horrific, amazing those people that stood up afterwards.
 

Moo Uaon

Well-known member
^ bloke on the road that it came down at the end wasn`t moving too quick,if at all again.

Overloaded with probably low pressure in the tyres...a deadly move!
 

Bacon

Administrator
The bus in Phuket that lost it's breaks and crashed into the barrier just before I left was placed on the side of the road for a while(maybe to warn people not sure). We went past it and next to it was a flat pancake of a car. That's when someone told me that car was underneath the bus the whole time it was skidding along the road in that video. Yikes!
 

matto

New member
Terrible accident, the car and bus were still sitting outside Kathu police station last time i drove past.
 

Ian Forbes

New member
I read every reply to this topic and have to say I agree with everyone here. I see it all on a daily basis. There is one particular light that I pass through several times a day and I'm always cautious when I go through on a green light.. At least once a day I see a motorbike or vehicle go through a red light at this junction LONG after the light has turned red. I've personally witnessed two terrible tragedies. I won't call then accidents because they were totally preventable just by following the law. Too many Thais don't think rules and regulations apply to them. As long as they put a few baht in the temple coffers then Buddha will take care of them.

I really don't think there is an answer because the people just don't care. They blame some weird act of fate instead of themselves.
 

Chob

Moderator
A BM on another board used to say :
"People who believe in reincarnation shouldnt be allowed to drive."
 

Quarky

Administrator
Chob;123049 said:
A BM on another board used to say :
"People who believe in reincarnation shouldnt be allowed to drive."
Yeah... but wouldn't they be worried they might come back as a rat?
 

Chob

Moderator
The 'Rats' I know are lovely girls....555

And in Thai philosophy ( that not all adhere to) everything has its worth and place in the scheme of things.
Nothing is killed for the sake of it - of course , eating it is a different matter...
But dont take unwanted kittens to a vet to be put down. Most wont do it.
Any animal ,presumed as taking only what it needs , can have a happy life.
 
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