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Half as serious and less / Re: Anyone seen my little willy
« Last post by jivvy on Today at 03:23:50 PM »
Those in need of aids resulting from the storms can call the hotline 1784 around the clock.

Didn't realise that you could get aids from
The Seven Dangerous Days Myth

As Songkran comes to a close, people recover from hangovers, repair their water damaged phones and reluctantly get back to work as the authorities pick up the pieces around them. In Chiang Mai alone, over 100 tonnes of trash that was dumped around town was collected as a record number of revelers descended onto the city, giving way to a total of 132 road accidents over the festival period. Reports across the country exclaimed in horror that the total number of accidents increased again this year, citing the famous buzz words ‘seven dangerous days’ to describe the havoc on Thai roads during the festival, mainly attributed to wet roads, thoughtless water throwing, drink driving and drowsiness.

But are these days really any worse than any other? Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha vowed on 17th April to introduce more stringent measures over the Songkran period to help curb the ‘carnage on the roads’. Despite promising to reduce the figures, the Junta leader has been left eating humble pie as in spite of the increased number of checkpoints, road traffic accidents and deaths on our roads did increase.

The ‘seven dangerous days’ was a buzz phrase created by the authorities a decade or so ago to highlight the dangers on the roads during Songkran. Perhaps it was coined during the era when Songkran really was dangerous, but when you look at the numbers today it is quite clear to see that the ‘seven dangerous days’ are no more dangerous than any other day of the year on Thailand’s roads. Actually, they’re safer.

From 11th – 17th April 2018, there were a total of 3,724 road accidents reported across the country. Those accidents left behind them a wake of destruction, injuring 3,897 people and killing 418, according to the latest figures Road Safety Centre. In comparison to last year, 390 people died on the roads and 3,808 people were injured during the same period.

Chiang Mai came up top again in the highest number of injuries at 141 and 11 deaths, but was overtaken by Nakhon Ratchasima this year which recorded a total of 20 deaths from road accidents.

According to the Deputy Interior Minister Sutee Markboon, the main cause of fatal crashes this year was drink driving (40%) followed by speeding (26.5%).

Almost 80% of all accidents, fatal or not, involved motorcycles.

The carnage on the roads is not hidden from view, which is admirable for a government who often likes to paint themselves in the best light. Even the Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, who was put in charge of traffic and accident problems this year, said he needs to work harder next year, if he makes it that far.

Thailand’s roads are currently ranked first or second in the world for most lethal depending on your source, referencing WorldAtlas and World Health Organisation (WHO) respectively.

According to the WHO, an average of 24,000 people die on Thai roads every year, so let’s break down this number and compare it with the ‘seven dangerous days’ of Songkran.

If 24,000 people die a year, that works out at 461.5 deaths per week on average. This year’s Songkran saw 418 deaths, a considerable reduction of the weekly average. So on face value, the ‘seven dangerous days’ of Songkran this year were actually quite the opposite…statistically at least.

Therefore, either the ‘seven dangerous days’ is a total myth, or a success story in that the government’s scare tactics, awareness campaigns, clampdowns and PR have actually paid off. Of course, any death on the road is a tragedy, but if Songkran sees fewer deaths on the road than the weekly average, then that is something to crow about and perhaps learn from to use as a campaign throughout the year.

This year saw more accidents than last year, despite more than 2,000 checkpoints being set up across the country with over 60,000 police officers working the beat. Over 1 million vehicles were checked, with almost 150,000 people arrested or fined – mostly for not wearing crash helmets or driving without a license.

One can only wonder how safe the roads would be if the same efforts were made year round, because right now, each week is just another seven deadly days on Thailand’s notorious roads, and we should stop ignoring it.
Summer storms kill 5, damage 3,758 homes in past week, will return on Tuesday

Five people have been killed and 3,758 homes in 144 districts of 36 provinces affected by summer storms, said Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department director-general Chayapol Thitisak on Friday.

Early relief aid, including home repair assistance and distribution of relief bags was provided by Army, local administrative officials and related agencies, he said.

Affected were 655 villages located in 12 northern provinces (Khamphaengphet, Phetchabun, Chiang Mai, Phrae, Nakhon Sawan, Lampang, Phichit, Nan, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Phitsanulok and Uttaradit), 17 northeastern provinces (Loei, Nakhon Ratchasima, Roi Et, Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham, Kalasin, Sakhon Nakhon, Nong Khai, Ubon Ratchathani, Surin, Chaiyaphum, Buri Ram, Udon Thani, Nong Bua Lamphu, Si Sa Ket, Bung Kan and Mukdahan), six central provinces (Saraburi, Phetchaburi, Chacherngsao, Ratchaburi, Sa Kaew, and Lop Buri) and the eastern province of Trat.

The latest incident occurred in Chiang Rai’s Muang district at around 8pm on Thursday when a large tree fell onto a sedan parked in front of Samakkhee Wittayakhom School, by luck not causing any injuries or deaths. Several powerlines in the nearby area were also affected by toppled trees and blown tree branches. Municipal workers spent hours that night clearing the fallen tree and branches.

Meanwhile, the Thai Meteorological Department on Friday issued a thunderstorm warning for upper Thailand for April 24-27, including for lightning with gusty winds and hail. Those in the Northeast should brace for severe weather during April 24-25 while those in the North, the Central area including Bangkok and its vicinity, and the East – as well as parts of the South – should be on alert during April 25-27.

Those in need of aids resulting from the storms can call the hotline 1784 around the clock.
Animals & Wildlife / Chemical Weapons Extract Python From Lopburi Family Truck
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 02:39:51 PM »
Chemical Weapons Extract Python From Lopburi Family Truck  story below

Chemical Weapons Extract Python From Lopburi Family Truck in Thailand

A family temple outing took a slithery turn when they found a python waiting for them in their truck Friday morning.

After taking his wife and two children to Wat Khao Nip in Lopburi city, 46-year-old Sangwal Riansri had returned to his vehicle and started the engine when he met the serpent’s gaze from within. The ensuing panic only ended after extreme, toxic measures were taken.

“I came with my kids to see the monks,” Sangwal said in the video. “Then [at the truck] I saw the snake pull it’s head back in. I don’t know how long the snake has been in the vehicle, or where it came from.”

Chaos ensued as the dad turned off the engine, got his family out and slammed the door closed. By then the python had disappeared into the engine space.

After dismantling the truck for over an hour and even removing the wheels, rescue volunteers grew skeptical of Sangwal’s story. There was no sign of the alleged snake.

One had a bright idea: Spray the entire truck with pesticide. So they doused the entire engine with two cans that someone bought from a nearby store.

“They all started spraying two big green cans of Baygon,” Kit Sonjai, a regional reporter who was at the scene said. “People as well as the snake got drunk on the fumes.”

After 10 minutes of continual spraying, the snake’s tail wiggled into appearance. It took another 20 minutes to extract the 1.4-meter python.

Local residents and monks watched the extraction process in rapt attention.

Pleased with their success, animal control officials commented that they would start using pesticide to extract snakes that slither into other vehicles.

Snakes occasionally slither into people’s vehicles, homes and toilets in Thailand, especially near wooded areas.
General Discussions / Re: Social media clips - What was the flying object
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 02:28:09 PM »
What was the flying object in the vid, stickboy will tell you all about it

Flying Object Almost Crushes Car
Swift punishment for four provinces’ police chiefs over Songkran carnage

National police commissioner Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda has signed orders for four provincial police commanders to be transferred to new posts, accusing them of negligence during the so-called “seven dangerous days” of Songkran from April 11 through Tuesday.

Pol Maj Generals Thiwa Boondamnoen of Bueng Kan, San Phoraksam of Phetchaburi, Thawai Buranarak of Amnat Charoen and Chairat Thipayachan of Saraburi were transferred to the National Police Operations Centre on Thursday.

Chakthip had said the day before he was dissatisfied with the performance of several provincial police chiefs in curbing road fatalities during Songkran and was considering their transfer.

The four provinces had the worst death tolls in the country and day-to-day increases compared to last year.

This Songkran, 418 people were killed on the roads and 3,897 injured in 3,724 accidents, up slightly from last year’s 390 deaths and 3,808 injuries in 3,690 accidents, according to the Road Safety Centre.
Transport & Traffic / Re: Driving in thailand
« Last post by Johnnie F. on Yesterday at 09:14:44 AM »
I come from a gun country, you know, America?  Act and drive like you do here, in America, and you won't be getting a kick, you'll get a bullet to the head....and that's if the police don't chase you down and beat you to a pulp first.

Sorry, that I didn't see this earlier! It sounds like the poster is not only supporting and boasting with "road rage" and police brutality as done without consequences in his home country but even glorifying those. In Thailand those are crimes! So this can only be seen as a violation of forum rules, if he thinks it proper to import such bad habits to Thailand by boasting about them. Actually I see the installation of train horns on a car also as a preparation for a dangerous interference in traffic, not a kid's toy. Just think of the situations it can cause when used in an emergency. 

Could you please think of any consequences in our hosts' behaviour towards us, before you do portray those as foreigners' "normal lifestyle"?

Could you please refrain from "criticizing" by teaching worse?
Transport & Traffic / Re: Driving in thailand
« Last post by jivvy on Yesterday at 08:18:18 AM »
 CCTV at a U-Turn showed a pick-up collide with a woman on a motorcycle and drag her along the road before seemingly fleeing the scene of the accident.


TNews presenters on TV were some of the first to suggest that police must hunt down the driver of the pick-up without delay. They expressed amazement that the driver didn't see the motorcyclist then drove off after running her down.


But the driver of the pick-up did not need to be hunted at all.


She was found to have stopped just meters down the road just out of view of the CCTV. Her name was Kaysorn Pensawat, 39, and she got out of her vehicle and went to see what she had done.


Fortunately the female motorcyclist was only slightly hurt. There were many Good Samaritans already on the scene - including a dog that came to help.


The police have charged Kaysorn with negligent and reckless driving causing injury and damage to property.


TNews reported in online media later that Kaysorn was a Thai tourist from out of town. 
Transport & Traffic / Re: Driving in thailand
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 12:37:52 AM »
WARNING graphic video The female motorcyclist was only slightly hurt, nice to see the help come even a dog was on the scene


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