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Posted by: thaiga
« on: February 02, 2018, 11:56:11 PM »

January death toll goes through the roof reports 

947 killed at the scene of the accident in January 2017. this January the figure is1,452 people killed.
The figures were revealed by Thaejing Siripanich of the Anti Drink Driving Foundation.

The other news is they have banned smoking on about 27 beaches  ::)
Posted by: nan
« on: January 05, 2018, 03:53:35 PM »

look at the picture above,how can you possibly clam success.they have to look like there plan worked i suppose.
is it time to stop looking at one 7 day period per year and start looking at yearly statistics. 423 in 7 days is 60 day which is the same as everyday of last year.

what do you believe,one article,a rise in drunk drivers,another,traffic deaths are down. so there's your answer
Posted by: thaiga
« on: January 05, 2018, 01:04:00 PM »

So the traffic authorities claim success giving accomplishment to strict law enforcement during the New Year period. i wonder if the grieving families would agree. reports the accident count reduced by 2 per cent and the death rate decreased by 11.5 per cent. But arrests for dangerous driving and traffic-law offences sharply increased.

Traffic authorities claim success as deaths down 11%

On the final day of the monitoring period on Wednesday, 386 accidents occurred, killing 40 people and injuring 402 others.

 However, Sirichan said the higher arrest rate contributed to behavioural adjustment and encouraged drivers to be more careful and respect traffic laws when they were behind the wheel. She also added that 245,356 people had been prosecuted for driving dangerously, 141,327 of whom were on motorcycles and the other 104,209 in cars.

Officers temporarily seized 6,326 vehicles, of which 4,823 were motorcycles and 1,503 were cars. A total of 38,190 driving licences were also confiscated.

Dr Thanapong Jinvong of the Road Safety Policy Foundation said authorities had progressed in the right direction to promote road safety by strictly enforcing traffic laws.

However, Thanapong said officers could further improve their performance in preventing accidents by increasing the penalty for dangerous driving, especially drunk driving.

“We have found that the arrest rate for drunk driving case has risen by 49 per cent, which made the roads safer,” he said.

However, he cited a poll finding that 74 per

 cent of respondents had said they had seen drunk people driving, so the problem remained serious.

He added that officers had to strictly enforce traffic laws throughout the year to make people afraid of the consequences of drunk driving, as Thailand’s roads were still the most dangerous in the world and drunk driving remained a prominent factor in road accidents throughout the year.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: January 04, 2018, 03:53:33 PM »

423 died and 4,005 injured in the “Seven Dangerous Day” safety driving campaign

A total of 423 people were killed and 4,003 were injured during  the “Seven Dangerous Day” safety driving campaign described as the most dangerous period of the long New Year holidays from December 28 – January 3.

Deputy Interior Minister Suthee Markbun as chairman of the Road Safety Centre said a total of 3,841 traffic cases were reported during the period running from December 28 until January 3 or yesterday.

Only yesterday alone, 40 people have died and 402 other were injured in 386 fatal road accidents on highways and roads nationwide, he said.

In total, he said 423 died and 4,005 injured in 7-day safety driving campaign.

He said the fatality figure represented a 11.5% drop from last year’s seven day campaign, and 2% decrease in traffic accident cases.

Nakhon Ratchasima had the highest accumulated deaths of 17 people, he said.

Main causes of fatal road accidents are drink driving, 43.66%, and speeding 25.23%.

Motorcycle is the vehicle that involved in most accidents, 78.91%, and pickup truck, 6.84

He added during the seven day campaign, 730,769 vehicles were checked by authorities, 124,034 drivers were detained and fined – 36,487 out of them for not wearing helmets, and 31,721 for having no driving licences.

13 injured in van crash in Mahasarakham

Man "racing on the highway" dies after Civic cut in two by tree
the Civic had been racing with a Toyota Vigo pick-up truck that left the scene of the accident

Posted by: thaiga
« on: January 03, 2018, 04:35:16 PM »

Records say the leading causes of accidents have been drunk driving, speeding and cutting off other vehicles and there's me thinking it might of been not actively enforcing the law.

New Year road toll rises to 375 after six days

A total of 3,456 road accidents occurred during the first six days of the monitoring period for New Year holidays, killing 375 people and injuring 3,612, the monitoring centre announced on Wednesday.

Setting a good example i think not, is a video on of a drunk what appears to be a cop weaving all over the road

Video here

Probationary sentences for 3,100 drunk-driving offenders

The courts handed down probationary sentences in more than 3,000 cases of drunk-driving during five days of the New Year holiday period.

There were 3,517 cases in total of traffic law violations for which the courts ordered probation as punishment from December 28 to January 1, with 3,105 cases or 88 per cent of them involving cases of drinking and driving, Probation Department director-general Prasan Mahaleetrakul said on Tuesday.

Forty-four of the remaining cases concerned reckless driving, while the other 268 were for a wide range of other traffic offences. Only one of them was for speeding.

Prasan also said that the top five provinces for drunk-driving offences over the holiday period were Surin, with 319 cases, Bangkok (288), Sakhon Nakhon (201), Nonthaburi (182) and Ubon Ratchathani (163).

“Driving while drunk is a serious offence internationally, and many countries have started to share information about offenders and ban them from entering their countries. Moreover, some countries have also increased penalties for this offence, because drinking and driving is regarded as a threat to society,” he added.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: January 02, 2018, 02:02:14 PM »

thai media report that well over 300,000 people have broken the law on the Thai roads in the first three days of New Year. Drink driving offences with 9,736 offences up by 3,147 or 47.7% on last year. nearly 50% more drunks, which of course might of been that more people were checked this year.

Road deaths rise to 317 after 5 days of New Year's danger period

A bus with no passengers on board lost control and ploughed through roadside stalls on Road 117 in Bang Rakam district in Phitsanulok on Tuesday. (Photo by Chinnawat Singha)

The accumulated death toll from road accidents rose to 317 on Monday, the fifth day of the "seven dangerous days" of New Year's holiday travel, with Si Sa Ket recording the most deaths.

A total of 317 people died and 3,188 were injured in 3,056 road accidents across the country from Dec 28 to Jan 1, Opas Karnkawinpong, the deputy permanent secretary for public health, said on Tuesday.

On Jan 1 alone, a total of 71 people were killed and 696 injured in 677 road accidents nationwide.

The most common cause of the fatalities was determined to be drink-drinking (47.27%), followed by speeding (26%). Most accidents involved motorcycles (82.45%), followed by pickup trucks (5.18%), Dr Opas said, citing a report from the Road Safety Directing Centre.

The highest number of road accidents over the past five days - 114 - was reported in Udon Thani.

Si Sa Ket recorded the highest number of deaths at 13, while Udon Thani had the highest number of injuries at 118. Nine provinces reported no deaths or injuries, he added.

13 tourists injured in van’s plunge into Doi Ang Khang ravine

Two brothers drowned in a fatal car plunge into a canal
Posted by: thaiga
« on: January 01, 2018, 06:31:10 PM »

Road deaths rise to 239 after 4 days of New Year's danger period

The accumulated death toll rose to 239 on Sunday, the fourth day of the "seven dangerous days" of New Year's holiday travel, with Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani recording the most deaths.

A total of 239 people died and 2,500 were injured in 2,308 road accidents across the country from Dec 28-31, Tourism and Sports Minister Weerasak Kowsurat said on Monday.

On Dec 31 alone, a total of 65 people were killed and 714 injured in 678 road accidents nationwide.

The most common cause of the fatalities was determined to be drink-drinking (48.67%), followed by speeding (26.40%). Most accidents involved motorcycles (80.26%), followed by pickup trucks (6.39%), he said, citing a report from the Road Safety Directing Centre.

The highest number of road accidents over the past four days - 86 - was reported in Chiang Mai.

Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani recorded the highest number of deaths at 11 each, while Buri Ram had the highest number of injuries at 89. Thirteen provinces reported no deaths or injuries, he added.

Despite the grisly body count, the statistics actually show an improvement over the same period one year ago. According to the Road Safety Directing Center, there were 14.6% fewer deaths, 11.7% fewer injuries and 11.1% fewer accidents from Dec 28-31 2017 than during the same period the previous year .

Police set up 2,005 checkpoints across the country during Dec 28-31 and stopped 779,130 vehicles for road-safety checks. A total of 138,176 motorists were cited for traffic law violations, including 40,788 motorcycle riders without crash helmets and 38,291 drivers without driving licences, the minister said.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: December 31, 2017, 03:58:53 PM »

An update from on day 3 a total of 167 people were killed, last year’s New Year festival, death toll for the first three days was registered at 199 killed, still too many. with drunk driving being the main culprit of the road carnage.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: December 31, 2017, 01:57:12 PM »

Second day of the “7 Dangerous Day” safety driving campaign claims another 49 deaths

Day 2 claims another 49 deaths reports The drinking & driving threats of a prison sentence don't seem to have sunk in, as the main cause of the fatal accidents was to be drink driving 42.19% followed by speeding 23.25%  putting a bottle of Brands Essence of Chicken under the accelerator pedal might have got the figures down. as for motorcycles they were involved in most fatal traffic accidents 77.57% and pickup trucks 6.07%.

Four killed and 15 others injured in two-car collision in Si Sa Ket

Falling container flattens car, driver survives

These are just some of the many many accidents/crashes fatalities, which i'm sure could of been avoided, like the article below driving against the flow of traffic, two killed. They say the worst hours to drive are between 4.00pm and 8.00pm which account for 32.81%.

Two schoolboys killed in Buri Ram accident

Posted by: thaiga
« on: December 30, 2017, 03:24:27 PM »

First day of the “7 dangerous day” road safety campaign claims 41 deaths

Road accidents claimed 41  deaths on the first day of the seven-day road safety campaign from Dec 28-Jan 3.

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said on Friday (Dec 29) that on Dec 28, the first day of the campaign, a total of 477 cases of traffic accidents were reported with 41 people killed and over 500 injured.

He said drink driving accounted for 42.77% of total cases, followed by speeding 26%.

Motorcycle is the vehicle that involved in most fatal cases, he said.

He said Chiang Mai recorded the highest road accident cases (23 cases) and highest injuries (26), while Si Sa Ket had the highest fatal cases with six killed on the first day.

Mr Arkhom said on Dec 28 about 2.5 million people left Bangkok for the provinces on 750,000 vehicles, 10% lower than last year’s figures.

He said 65% of people leaving the capital on roads.

Transport officials have sought cooperation from truck operators to stop transporting cargoes by trucks during the seven-day road safety campaign to facilitate other vehicles travelling on roads.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: December 30, 2017, 03:17:27 PM »

Well they report at that drink driving carries a 1 year jail sentence, Those found to be drunk driving will face a jail term of up to one year, a fine of up to Bt20,000 and a six-month driver’s licence suspension. As for punishing the police it also states that,  if drunk drivers were found within a one-kilometre radius of a police checkpoint, the officers staffing that checkpoint would also be punished.

Those who caused an accident while drunk will face a jail term of one to five years, a fine of up to Bt100,000 and a one-year suspension of their driver’s licence. If a crash involving a drunk driver led to a death, the drunk driver will face 3-10 years in jail, a Bt60,000-Bt200,000 fine and a life-long suspension of their driver’s licence.

Another article from reports, 727 arrested for drunk driving, no mention of the jail term though.
Posted by: nan
« on: December 30, 2017, 12:37:44 PM »

bottles of Chicken Extract

the most disgusting taste ever
Posted by: thaiga
« on: December 28, 2017, 03:00:31 PM »

stop for some Brands and sleep with the cops

Have they found the answer to stop this road carnage as reports the Highway Police have come up with the idea of a way to stop road accidents. The answer to road carnage - bottles of Chicken Extract. everyone knows that chicken extract and road safety go hand in hand. so you don't fall asleep at the wheel. just when you thought you heard it all, words simply fail me. 45,000 small bottles given free. Another novel idea they have come up with is to sleep with the police or should i say sleep it off with the police at points that have been set up nationwide.
Posted by: nan
« on: December 27, 2017, 09:00:23 PM »

Solly but me no understand this logik??
do they
they have tried everything they know without success / now who can we blame / The police initiatives to make Thailand’s roads safer have not worked / red bull style  ;)
Posted by: KiwiCanadian
« on: December 27, 2017, 06:16:21 PM »

Solly but me no understand this logik??
Posted by: thaiga
« on: December 27, 2017, 05:36:18 PM »

Police at checkpoints may be punished over road accidents

The Deputy Commander of the Royal Thai Police said he is considering punitive measures against officers operating in areas where a high rate of accidents took place during the New Year’s holiday, while indicating more checkpoints will be setup along minor roads.

Police at checkpoints with road accidents may be punished

Posted by: thaiga
« on: December 26, 2017, 02:58:30 PM »

Christmas day in Thailand just like any other day of the year, well on the roads that is, do people have the right to kill themselves, seems that way as they are allowed to sit in the bed/back of a pick up over the holidays. I see some top brass has been transferred and they also want to know where the big boss of BKK got his watch from, mean while the people are being killed in what they call accidents which i would class as crashes.  a few of yesterdays incidents below :-[

Pickups can carry holiday revellers, government says

Truck brings down power poles in Samut Prakan

Crash kills two, including a one year old baby

Driver killed as petrol tanker crashes
Posted by: thaiga
« on: December 24, 2017, 05:48:37 PM »

Riding against the traffic, we've all seen it, it happens all the time, but at night time when it's dark is asking for trouble, here's a sad article from where a couple of kids are now orphans due to their parents driving on the wrong side of the road. Always hits home that little bit more this time of year, very sad.

Couple killed as bike crashes into pickup

Two boys were orphaned when their parents, who were riding a motorcycle home to see them early yesterday, were killed in a collision with a pickup truck in Pathum Thani province.

The truck driver claimed the couple was riding against the traffic, police said.

The crash occurred at 1am near the Big C Khlong 6 mall on Rangsit-Nakhon Nayok Road in Tambon Phakkood, Thanyaburi district.

Police found the dead body of K, 42, and his wife S, 38, near the wrecked Suzuki motorcycle without a licence plate while the front of the Ford Everest pickup truck was severely dented.

The pickup driver, N, 43, who waited for police at the accident scene, claimed the motorcycle rode against the traffic and collided with his pickup resulting in the deaths.

Police collected evidence from the scene and brought the driver for further questioning to Thanyaburi Police Station and sent the bodies for autopsy.

When police were checking the deceased persons’ cellphone in an attempt to find their relatives, they dialled the last number called, which turned out to be the couple’s 13-year-old son who was waiting at home along with his 10-year-old sibling for their parents to come home.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: December 23, 2017, 02:20:47 PM »

Public bus drivers to undergo urine tests

Bus drivers take a breath test during a random check at Mor Chit bus terminal as part of a campaign to boost road safety ahead of the New Year holiday. (Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya)Pic @ bangkokpost.

There pulling out all the stops this year in an effort to stop road fatalities, a big stiffy of a fine 1,000 bht. for no helmet and in some cases  Even worse, their bike can be taken until they can produce a helmet, reported INN News. pillion riders as well. The majority of fatal accidents involve motorcyclists. reports

now the country with the deadliest roads in the world. Unfortunately, a not-widely-publicized warning period ended yesterday ahead of the law taking effect next week. From now through the 24th, those without helmets will still be pulled over but won’t be fined — but they will have their bikes seized until they buy a helmet. Well that is for Bangkok’s 88 police stations who will be enforcing the law.

Public bus drivers to undergo urine tests reports the in a bid to In a bid to reduce road accidents, authorities will conduct random urine tests on public transport drivers and staff at Mor Chit, Ekamai and the Southern bus stations in Bangkok. Tests will also be conducted at 19 terminals across the country.

No sitting in the back of the truck, the law has been resurrected for the holiday period reports
Posted by: thaiga
« on: December 21, 2017, 06:00:02 PM »

It’s a question asked by an article nearly a year ago. Tim Newton ponders if much has changed in the last 12 months….
“In the worst of the incidents, 25 people died on Monday in Chonburi province after a pick-up truck and a minivan collided and burst into flames. In all, 426 people died on Thailand’s road between Dec 29 and Jan 3, up from 340 in the same period a year earlier.
These words were written nearly a year ago, after the 2016/2017 ‘Seven Days of Danger’. It’s a question one should ask as we’re poised to enter the next set of very dangerous days – days which I’m sure we’ll report and reflect upon with horror and dismay.

 How can the road toll be curbed, indeed? The more the Government and police seem to try, the higher the toll rises – the key ‘drivers’ of the road toll numbers simply aren’t being addressed. And here we are, as the sun sets on another year, where Thailand has hit the Number One spot in the world, according to ‘World Atlas’.

This accolade is a blight on the Kingdom.

Whilst the top brass flail their arms around deflecting questions about the Deputy PMs haute watch collection and distorted investigations into dead Army cadets, they should be focussing a lot more of their attention on this national disgrace.
Sadly some 500 or so good people won’t be around to celebrate much of 2018 if history repeats itself on Thailand’s roads during the ‘silly season’.

Cambodia may have to relinquish it’s claim to having the ‘Killing Fields’ (referring to the Khmer Rouge purge between 1975-79) and send the title next door. No other term better reflects the situation on our roads.

Shame, shame, shame.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: December 15, 2017, 01:36:17 PM »

Reducing road accidents top priority for New Year’s Festival

 Putting an emphasis on reducing the number of road accidents, security and law enforcement officials are planning to join forces to provide security and safety for people during the upcoming New Year’s Festival, said Defence spokesman Lt-General Kongcheep Tantrawanich yesterday.

He was speaking after attending a meeting of government authorities tasked with preparing for the New Year’s Festival over the holiday. Prawit Wongsuwon, deputy premier and defence minister, chaired the meeting.

After the meeting, the participants recommended that the government make it a national agenda to reduce road accidents over the holiday period.

Kongcheep said the officials discussed the large number of lives lost in road accidents annually during the festival and year-round. About 22,000 people died and more than a million were injured in road-related accidents last year.

“During the past decade, a large number of people were killed on the road. Most deaths happened at night and the most common causes were recklessness, not respecting traffic laws and drunk driving,” said Kongcheep. “Many people ignored warnings for them to wear helmets and to buckle up that would help them in an accident.

“When there is a road accident, those involved will be tested for their alcohol level,” he warned.

A fund will be created to reward people who record videos or take photos of others violating laws that help lead to the arrest of offenders, he said.

Kongcheep said security authorities are trained and prepared to deal with any security and safety issues that arise during the festival.

“We agree that there is an opportunity for possible violence during the period, so we will make our best efforts to provide security for the public,” he said.

Meanwhile, intelligence authorities will intensify their information-gathering efforts concerning matters of security and drugs-related activities.

Security officials will focus on crowded transportation locations such as public bus terminals, Skytrain and railway stations and airports, he said.

The Nation
Posted by: thaiga
« on: December 14, 2017, 08:50:11 PM »

Wacky Races And The Madness Of Driving in Thailand

“It`s slow lorry leading the way, as equally slow pick-up takes ages to pass, followed by sensible but frustrated farang driver keeping a safe distance, on the inside is family of 4 on a motorbike and bringing up the rear but coming at a fast pace is posh black car with blacked out windows! Who is going to win and lose in today’s episode of Thailand Wacky Races?”

Spend 1 hour driving on any road anywhere in Thailand and you`ll witness several examples of bad driving. But is it? Perhaps there are some things you haven`t considered.

Cars in Thailand only have 2 gears. One is very very slow in order to hold up everyone and make a phone call and take 10 minutes to overtake, whilst causing a rolling road block. Slow enough to pull away from traffic lights like a tractor. Slow enough to join a highway whilst not making any attempt to get up to the speed of said highway. And slow enough to turn off the road so that the rear end protrudes back out onto the road.

The other gear is fast. Fast enough to undertake you but just squeeze in front of you before hitting the slow lorry. Fast enough to flash their headlights, coming either way, to say “Get out of my way!”.

The other thing is that Thai drivers are nearly all Buddhists. So like all religions they can pick and choose when to apply it. When a Thai gets behind the wheel of a car, all patience, reasoning, courtesy goes out the window. Like their rubbish parcels.

Another thing you may not be aware of is that very few Thais are taught how to drive by a qualified instructor. One crap driver teaches another and so the production line continues.

There`s also the most oft used but pointless sentence when driving in Bangkok, “Make a U turn where possible”. Yes you`ve missed your turning and the silver tongued, know-it-all GPS voice is trying to help but sounding smug. All U turns are blocked off and you`re getting further and further away from your destination.

There are good reasons why the UN ranks Thailand  No. 2 in the world for road accidents and deaths. So people let`s be careful out there.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: December 13, 2017, 03:20:02 PM »

Dashboard cameras proposed as Thailand claims worst traffic fatality ranking

As Thailand is unofficially acknowledged as having the highest fatality rate in road accidents worldwide, road safety advocates and police are backing a proposal that would see as many as 80 per cent of cars equipped with dashboard cameras and carrying “Photo in Car” stickers to discourage violations.

Don’t Drive Drunk Foundation secretary-general Dr Taejing Siripanich said Thailand last month ranked highest in per capita road fatalities on the World Atlas website. The previous top-ranked country, Libya, was not even in the top 30 because many deaths blamed on accidents had been re-evaluated to reflect violent deaths in that country’s civil war.

As a result, Thailand, previously ranked second, unofficially took the top spot with an estimated road accident death rate of 36.2 per 100,000, but the World Health Organisation has not yet announced formal statistics, he said. After Thailand on the list are Malawi (35), Liberia (33.7), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (33.2) and Tanzania (32.9).

Such finding were in line with his foundation’s studies, Taejing said, which showed that Thailand saw 22,000 deaths in road accidents in 2016, or approximately 50 to 60 cases per day, while 1 million people were wounded and sought hospital treatments each year, 60,000 of whom were permanently disabled.

“Various measures have been implemented in the past 20 years to boost road safety but they weren’t so successful because Thais know what actions break the law but do them anyway as they have become conceited after not getting caught,” Taejing said.

The cameras would help to discourage traffic violations as motorists would know that the chances of being caught on video were heightened, while footage could be posted on social media, leading to public condemnation that would be worse than legal punishment, he said.

“If all cars on Thai roads had cameras, traffic law violations would be greatly reduced,” he added.

Taejing said his foundation had proposed the measure to Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, who had agreed and issued instructions in May last year for the Finance Ministry to consider tax incentives for dashboard cameras and for Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam to implement the plan in the national road safety strategy.

However, there had not been any concrete action to date, he said.

Police’s Special Branch Bureau 3 commander Pol Maj-General Ekkarak Limsangkat said video and audio from dashboard cameras could also be used as evidence in court, which could incentivise installations so motorists would have a record to protect themselves in case of a conflict.

The application of technology could also help protect innocent people and punish wrongdoers because the culprits in many hit-and-run cases escaped justice after fleeing the scene, he said.

People would be dissuaded from breaking the law when all cars are equipped with cameras and carry the “Photo in Car” sticker, he added.

The comments were made during the 13th Thailand Road Safety Seminar held at Bangkok’s BITEC Bangna Exhibition Centre last week.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: December 12, 2017, 02:50:33 PM »

Thais not yet in the habit of driving safely

No holiday traffic campaign will succeed until year-round discipline is inbred, so start with the kids

A perennial certainty on newspaper front pages ahead of the New Year and Songkran festivities is appeals for improved traffic safety. The pleas are going out again this year amid government pledges that more money will be spent on measures to curb the holiday carnage – and perhaps even knock Thailand off its notorious perch atop the list of the world’s most dangerous countries for highway accidents.

It’s clear, though, that imposing traffic discipline on Thais is as difficult as getting them to meet in the middle ground of politics. Even on Bangkok streets, where traffic police are in abundance, motorcyclists and their passengers skim around without helmets. Even if they could be persuaded to don protective gear at this time of year, it wouldn’t be the sustained “discipline” needed to reduce casualties year round.

In Vietnam, people on motorbikes wear helmets even in remote rural areas, where there are no police to enforce the law. That is discipline – genuine awareness of the risk of going unprotected. Good practice has become habitual and is thus followed without a second thought.

If there is light at the end of the tunnel, perhaps it’s in a decline in the number of drunk drivers on the road. Thais increasingly avoid driving when they head to parties or pubs, but this is best seen as a product of fear of arrest rather than the discipline to guard against mishap. Drinkers know there are checkpoints on the streets at night and don’t want to pay a fine (or a bribe) if they’re caught driving while intoxicated.

With the New Year holiday season upon us, several new measures are being pondered, including tougher penalties for drunk driving and lower and better-enforced speed limits. Another idea is to make it mandatory for children to be taught about traffic discipline beginning at a young age.

This last approach seems particularly promising, since bad driving habits might be eased aside in a generational shift, just as cigarette smoking has become less popular among youth. Safety campaigns have always tended to focus on adults, the ones behind the wheel, and yet the fear of heavy fines and losing your driving licence has remained the persistent factor in getting adults to obey the law. The fear is an automatic response. Good habits take longer to foster. Once ingrained, though, good habits last forever. The fear and the discipline would make a solid combination in bringing down the casualty statistics.

What’s most important is that efforts not be merely seasonal. Safety measures are typically stepped up during holiday periods and in the aftermath of highway tragedies that draw a public outcry. Then they evaporate for the rest of the year.

The situation at present is not promising. Children learn bad traffic habits from the adults driving them around. Bangkok is filled with young motorcyclists too young to drive. The ones riding pillion are allowed to go without helmets. In the provinces you see youths on bikes running red lights and making U-turns in risky places. These are the dangerous habits of adults, the disdain for the law and personal safety, being passed on to the next generation.

What the authorities are instilling each holiday season, rather than true discipline, is a droning message: “Drive carefully”. Unfortunately, it’s rendered inaudible by constant repetition. This is an annual tactic that annually fails.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: December 09, 2017, 09:23:16 PM »

Good advice KC i hope you all stay safe. Off topic  but water melon rind is very good for you. hope you never threw it away as ...

Eating it has the ability to increase your libido, mostly because of its citrulline content. You should also know that the watermelon rind is added as an ingredient to many libido-boosting supplements on the market. Many different studies have also discovered that citrulline is good against mild erectile dysfunction.  I hope there's enough to go round.  ;D

Posted by: KiwiCanadian
« on: December 09, 2017, 06:38:23 PM »

Thanks thaiga,

I have just passed the original url from Pattaya mail to my immediate Thai family via Line.
When I am around they know they have to wear the helmet and straped up too.

I went to the market and purchased 3 watermelons the size of the average head to give a demonstration, if you drop one from head height I think its equivalent to about 40 kph impact. I started with the watermelon strapped to the helmet, it survived, then the helmet not strapped, the melon survived the initial impact but on rebound it parted from the helmet & split open, now the last one no helmet, that's easy to guess, lol, it split wide open on impact, when they realised this it was a little bit of a shock.

But even after doing this I will catch them not wearing the helmet or have it with them and not wear it, so I give them sh*t for not wearing it every time I catch them no excuses.

The traffic dept needs to mount a huge road safety campaign to show this type of scenario every day, not just when you go to get your drivers license renewed.

When I first came to Thailand I knew that road safety was an issue here so from the get go, when any one was a passenger in a car that I was driving the I would not put the car in gear until everyone was buckled up. One time I went at the missis to tell her sister to never hold a baby on her lap with the seat belt over her and the baby (it was her niece's baby). They where in an extended cab pickup with no seat belts in the back, so they thought it would be best to buckle over the baby and herself, to cap it all off was they had the baby's car seat that I had bought them in the back of the pickup, TIT amazing the thinking process of these people.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: December 09, 2017, 01:22:43 PM »

An article from mailbag @ where Pete the Swede reports that, Now Thailand has the deadliest road traffic in the world. We just passed Libya. is that official i wonder or his say so. BUT ... he has an answer to the road fatalities where as 10,000 lives in Thai traffic can be saved every year.

How 10,000 lives can be saved in Thai traffic every year

Now Thailand has the deadliest road traffic in the world. We just passed Libya. Why is that?

As a retired Swedish motor journalist I made a small unscientific survey and I think I have the answer.

I put myself at Soi Arunothai, a busy through traffic soi with a large school (my home soi), in central Pattaya during one hour (Monday November 27, 4pm-5pm, rush hour).

As motorbikes count for two thirds of motor vehicles and 80 percent of road fatalities in Thailand I counted all motorbike riders, passengers and sidecar passengers who:

  1.  Wore a fastened helmet. I also counted poor helmets, like plastic shells and bicycle helmets, loosely fastened, hard to know the limit to be an approved helmet.
  2.  Wore an unfastened helmet. They are useless as the fly off at an accident.
  3.  No helmet. Including children, although helmet is absurdly not mandatory for them.

During that hour 1842 motorbike riders/passengers passed. 738 (40%) of them were wearing a fastened helmet. 54 (3%) were riding with an unfastened helmet. 1050 (57%) were riding without helmet.

That means 60 percent of them (1104 riders during one hour) were riding without proper helmet protection. Even more had poor protection with loosely fastened, unapproved helmets.

You can break your arms, legs and even back and survive. But if you break your head you are dead or brain dead.

The main problem for Thai traffic is not minivans or pickup bed passengers. It is the millions of motorbike riders who drive without proper helmet protection every day.

Every year about 22,000 people die in Thai traffic (61 per day). Only counting the ones who die on accident site, not in ambulance or hospital afterward.

That is not only a personal tragedy but also an economic catastrophe for Thailand as every life is worth 10 million baht for Thai society.

So what to do? It is easy as wearing helmet is already mandatory by law! Just enforce the law and make helmet mandatory for children. With time the attitude will change among Thais to be aware of protection.

By strictly enforcing that all motorbike riders/passengers wear a properly fastened approved helmet the road deaths among them could be cut in half.

By doing that 10,000 lives and 100 billion baht could be saved for Thailand every year. Time to act PM Prayut Chan-o-cha!

Pete the Swede       
Posted by: nan
« on: December 07, 2017, 06:21:37 PM »

Mr Arkhom said safety measures will be strictly enforced, aiming to reduce the numbers of death and injuries to zero on 61 routes — comprising 41 main highways and 20 rural roads.

would be nice
Posted by: thaiga
« on: December 07, 2017, 02:04:15 PM »

7-7-7 campaign to reduce death toll during New Year

The Transport Ministry will launch a 7-7-7 campaign for the safety of people travelling during the 2018 New Year, Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said on Wednesday (Dec 6).

He said the campaign will be launched under the motto: “Drive slowly. Turn on front lights. Fasten seat belts.”

The campaign time is divided into three 7-day periods: 7 days before the New Year; 7 days during the New Year; and, 7 days after the New Year.

Mr Arkhom said safety measures will be strictly enforced, aiming to reduce the numbers of death and injuries to zero on 61 routes — comprising 41 main highways and 20 rural roads.

The 61 routes are 12 roads under a cooperation project between the Thailand’s Transport Ministry and Janpan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; 13 roads with the highest numbers of accident during the 2017 New Year; 19 roads with the highest numbers of accidents during the past three years; and 17 roads to tourist spots popular to people during the New Year.

The Highways Department and Rural Roads Department have been instructed to set up warning signals, illuminating lights and strobe lights in areas where construction is underway to ensure safety.

During the 2017 New Year, there were 1,746 accidents on roads under the jurisdiction of the Transport Ministry, a 17.34% increase from 2016, with the death toll of 304, a 29.36% increase from 2016.

During the period from Dec 28, 2017 – Jan 3, 2018, about 8 million vehicles are expected to use the main highways and motorways, an increase of 1.4% from 2016. The number of passengers are expected to reach 16.6 million, an increase of 3.52%.

More trains, buses, electric trains and flights will be put in service for up to 2.37 million people to travel per day during the New Year.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: December 05, 2017, 05:14:34 PM »

yes nan - the slogan......   stay alive 365 don't dink n dive. BUT ... they don't even have to be driving to kill you reports a Red minibus slides downhill killing two people, when he removed a stone which he used to block a rear wheel, did he not have a handbrake as the minibus, of which the engine had not been started, suddenly slid backward and moved quickly downhill, hitting a food stall about five to seven metres below. Two female passengers fell off and were killed after the minibus ran over them. R.I.P. More pics The Nation

Posted by: nan
« on: December 03, 2017, 06:30:00 PM »

status ...... oh yes

once it was a status symbol,red plate or new car meant look at me i am well off. today it means nothing as most have finance,so more poorer people are behind the wheel. look what i have got, i can go faster than you, which sometimes ends them up in the wat.
poorer people most seem to drink and smoke. i am no snob by any means just what i have observed.

NOW the slogan......   stay alive 365
Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: December 03, 2017, 05:17:16 PM »

Increasing and improving public transport normally should help reducing accidents, but will it reduce the ratio of drunk and lunatic drivers to sober and sane drivers in the Land of Smiles, making the roads safer? Hardly! There will be just more clearly thinking, sober and sane people using public transport, leaving a higher ratio of drunk and lunatic drivers on the road with more space to go crazy, because those cannot part from their vehicle, which belongs to their status as men, driven up in their imagination by alcohol, as they have the road more to themselves, causing them to drive even more daring.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: December 03, 2017, 12:51:21 PM »


New year is upon us in a few weeks but have no fear, they have come up with a slogan, reports "777" new road safety measure for the New Year holidays. Meaning 7 days before the holidays, 7 days holiday and 7 days after, i suppose they have to be seen doing something,now if they think this will reduce the number of fatalities, why not 365.

"777" road safety measure introduced for New Year

The Department of Land Transport has come up with a new road safety measure to be implemented during the New Year holidays.

The Director-General of the Department of Land Transport, Sanit Phromwong, said the Ministry of Transport has launched the "777" measure to reduce road accidents and accommodate commuters during the upcoming New Year festivities. The term "777" is referred to seven days before the holidays (between December 21st and 27th), another seven days during the festival (between December 28th and January 3rd), and seven more days later (between January 4th and 10th).

Mr. Sanit said the measure is aimed at reducing road accidents, casualties and fatalities, while facilitating commuters so that they will arrive home safely.

The department has ordered all provincial offices of land transport to prepare enough buses in response to the needs of passengers and ensure that there will be no stranded passengers at bus terminals.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: December 02, 2017, 02:10:00 PM »

The madness on the roads goes on day in day out, in some cases gutless people who cause death by driving cannot stand up for their responsibilities and flee the scene leaving dead bodies of innocent people just left there. The driver of a baht bus while fighting with his wife, crashed his overloaded taxi, killing five passengers and injuring nine others.

Hunt for baht bus driver who killed 5,injured 9

A police manhunt is on for Somporn Thamaen (inset), driver of a Sattahip baht bus who, while fighting with his wife, crashed his overloaded taxi, killing five passengers and injuring nine others.

The reports that Fifteen people were packed into the back of the Naklua-Sattahip pickup truck when it barreled into a large Pradhu tree around 2:30 p.m. The roof of the cab was torn off and the passenger bay destroyed, with bodies scattered all around the wrecked baht bus. Police said the crash was a result of careless driving. Before the wreck, Somporn was arguing with his wife in the cab of the pickup. Passengers said the fight turned violent and, as the two were exchanging blows, Somporn drove the baht bus into the tree.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: December 01, 2017, 01:51:50 PM »

Some of the story's you read are hard to believe now how can you drag a body all the way home under your vehicle without knowing it. Nah i don't buy it. he said that he was on his way home without any passengers when he spotted the overturned bike and went over something. so why not stop and have a look, let's dismiss it, like is normally done, it never happened. The head of the victim was visible, the mangled body was under the vehicle with the clothes entangled in the undercarriage  :-[ source content

Minivan Driver Drags Security Man All The Way Home Under His Wheels

A 72 year old minivan driver dragged a guard for three kilometers under the wheels of his vehicle without realizing it.

He got home then noticed that there was the corpse of a man under his van.

He recalled seeing an overturned motorcycle earlier and went over something but checking in his rear view mirror did not see a problem.

Muang district police in Nakorn Pathom and medics went to the house of Jinda Sunsuk where they found the body of Prasert Phuraya, 57, under the vehicle normally used to transport passengers from Bangkok to Nakorn Pathom.

Driver Jinda, 72 said that he was on him way home without any passengers when he spotted the overturned bike and went over something.

He checked behind him but nothing was amiss.

It was only when he got home he realized what had happened and called the police.

Only the head of the victim was visible, the mangled body was under the vehicle with the clothes entangled in the undercarriage.

The van had no collision damage.

A police team checked up on Jinda’s story and found the overturned bike three kilometres away. The Honda Wave, too, had no sign of any damage.

The victim’s wife was contacted. Adaporn Phuraya, 53, identified the body as that of her husband.

She said that he was the head of security for a firm run by a policeman and would go out each evening to inspect various sites.

She gave evidence that he was neither intoxicated nor suffering from any illness. She said he was an experienced rider who would not have had an accident.

The body was sent for detailed autopsy while both the van and the motorbike are being examined again.
Posted by: sowhat
« on: November 29, 2017, 08:57:04 PM »

they seem to think their losing face  :blank: by not being in front,big problem there,small dick can give a chip on the shoulder. you wouldn't want to be in the car in front if it was a hearse would you. another cause is sleep or not enough.

November 24, 2017 A chartered van taking Myanmar workers from Tak to Bangkok crashed into the rear of a truck in Sing Buri early on Friday, causing a fire that killed the driver and all 13 passengers
Posted by: thaiga
« on: November 29, 2017, 04:01:22 PM »

All about being in front

Pointless deaths because the attitude, " Me First' " Me First" they are literary dying to get in front, another two deaths here engineered by their own demise. R.I.P.

Road rage leads to two deaths in accident

A road rage incident that stemmed from a refusal to yield way led to an accident in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Muang district late on Tuesday night, killing two people and severely injuring another.

Police were alerted to the accident at 10pm on the Karome road at the u-turn spot in front of the Nakhon Vocational School.

At the scene, they found an Isuzu pickup truck had crashed into a bus stop and a power pole, with the driver and two passengers trapped inside.

The driver was dead behind the wheel. One passenger, 18, died in hospital and another, 18, was severely injured.

Police found another damaged pickup at the scene. The driver, 22, and his girlfriend were not injured.

Anuwat told police that he was driving his girlfriend home when the Isuzu pickup tried to overtake him, but he refused to give way and sped up.

Anuwat said the Isuzu also picked up speed and started to overtake him even though he was driving at at least 100 kilometres per hour.

Anuwat said when he was approaching the u-turn, he saw a motorcycle with a sidecar was about to cut in, so he braked. However, his pickup swerved to the right and hit the back of the Isuzu pickup, causing it to plunge to the left and hit the bus stop and power pole.

Anuwat was arrested on a charge of reckless driving causing deaths and injuries.
Posted by: Baby Farts
« on: November 29, 2017, 02:51:11 PM »

Very sad.  Drinking seems to be perfected to a science here in Thailand.  Getting messed up is one thing, but taking it on the road is another.  Most states in the U.S have very strict penalties for DUI.  I'm aware of one foreigner living here in Issan who had three (3) DUI's back in his homeland along with other road infractions.  Usually, after your second DUI, you go to jail if you're in the states, it's almost impossible to get car insurance after that because you're pretty much black listed in the data base. Coincidentally, the same individual also has a conviction for driving without car insurance. That too can be a serious offense depending on what country you come from.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: November 28, 2017, 03:41:59 PM »

Good as thread as any to put this article, you would think as one of the people killed in this, (not an accident a crash) being a police officer they would tend to look after their own, but after the red bull incident looks like they don't. Here we have a Familie of 5 dead victims from drunk driving,  question their looking for is why the prosecutor did not appeal the verdict, i have an idea why.

Families of 5 dead victims from drunk driving question why prosecutor did not appeal verdict

Families of five dead victims of drunk driving and no-drinking network of Trang province on Monday filed a complaint with the Office of Attorney-General demanding a probe into the conduct of Trang public prosecutor over his handling of the drunk driving case.

Led by Mr Sayant Intharapak, former deputy governor of Trang and president of Risks Control Association of the South, the group of about 30 men and women questioned the conduct of the prosecutor in charge of the drunk driving case in which one police officer and four rescue workers were killed by an alleged drunk driver.

The alleged drunk driver was sentenced by the Trang provincial court to 4 years imprisonment and a fine of 3,400 baht. And the prosecutor in question did not appeal against the verdict until the statute of limitations of the case has expired without informing the families of the dead victims of their right of appeal.

Mr Sayant said he wanted the attorney-general, Mr Kemchai Chutiwong, to find out why the prosecutor in charge of the case did not appeal against the court’s verdict and did not inform the victims’ families about his decision not to appeal the verdict to the higher court.

He said the families of the victims knew about the prosecutor’s decision not to appeal after the case was over.

The group suggested in their written complaint to the OAG that the justice process should be redesigned to incorporate the right of legal access of the victims’ families and their right of participation in the decision making of the prosecutors.

The group also said that it is about time that drunk driving causing death to the other people should not be treated as negligence but intentional causing death to the other people, citing the increasing number of fatal accidents caused by drunk driving.

Mrs Karnravee Soonsan, wife of the dead police officer, said the convict in this case was given 4 years in jail but, soon, he would be given pardon and would actually serve less than 4 years in prison for killing five innocent people.

She complained that the defendant had never shown any remorse and offered an apology to any of the dead victims.

“Who can guarantee that once he is out of the prison, he will not drink drive again?” she questioned.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: November 27, 2017, 03:29:01 PM »

61 people killed EVERY DAY: More damning stats reveal the carnage on Thailand’s roads

New statistics released by the Don’t Drink Drive Foundation have revealed that the number of people killed on Thailand’s roads have soared in 2017.

The Foundation says that almost 2,500 more people were killed on Thailand’s roads already this year, compared to 2016.

On average, 61 people are killed every day on Thailand’s road, the Foundation said.

In 2016, 9,666 people were found dead at the scene of a road accident. However in 2017, this figure jumps to 12,078 people killed.

And that figure is likely to be considerably higher, with the latest stats only accounting for people who were pronounced dead at the scene of an accident, the Thai News Agency reported.

The stats don’t take into account people who died on the way to or later in hospital having been involved in a road traffic accident. The Foundation said this is because those stats will not be available until the end of the year.

Earlier this month it was revealed that the total death toll in 2016 was 22,356 – that was 2,877 up from the figure for 2015 which was 19,479.

With these latest stats being released in November, also not included are figures for the new year holiday, which along with the Songkran festival normally sees a spike in road accidents and fatalities.

The damning statistics come despite government officials introducing numerous measures to try and reduce fatalities on Thailand’s roads. One such measure introduced earlier this year was to ban people riding in the cargo area of a pickup truck.

However, the report by Thai News Agency highlights the number of minivans, which have also been the subject of increased regulation this year, being involved in road fatalities in Thailand.

There were 217 minivan accidents between January and September in 2017, compared to 226 in total in 2016.

The report says that already this year 107 people died in accidents involving minivans, compared to 130 deaths in 2016.

However, it is not known if these stats include the 15 people who died in minivan crashes in Singburi and Saraburi on Thursday and Friday last week.

Poor maintenance of minivans, bursting tires, fires, drivers falling asleep while driving and speeding were among the main causes of minivan accidents.

Foundation secretary general Dr Taejing Siripanich said Thailand’s traffic laws and the mindset of drivers were to blame.

He said that drivers in Thailand regularly drive under the influence of alcohol, use their smartphones behind the wheel and show little consideration for others when driving.

He also said that people are not afraid to break traffic laws and called on police and associated agencies to get tough on drivers who break the law.