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    There is not a day I do not drive here and every day I have to avoid hitting a Thai doing something stupid.

    Expect the unexpected......trust the Thais to overtake on the inside, cut across intersections, do not use indicators and other very dangerous manoeuvres.

    Having claimed that a lot of farang drivers on motor bikes are just as ignorant when driving here especially in Pattaya.

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    ^Too true. At least the Thais are predictable in their driving habits.

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    This should be good.

    BANGKOK, 14 November 2017 (NNT) - Thailand's Ministry of Transport has sought road safety advice from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan to help prevent road accidents during the New Year holidays.

    Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith met with MLIT representatives to discuss road safety measures under a memorandum of understanding on road safety between the two countries.

    Roads and highways are expected to be crowded across the country during the holiday period.
    Safety measures, such as erecting speed limit signs and painting the road in red to remind drivers to slow down, will be implemented in 4 provinces including Suphanburi, Khon Kaen, Uttaradit and Phetchabun.

    The Ministry of Transport and the MLIT will jointly conduct a study on road safety and use existing technology to reduce road fatalities in Thailand.

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    What works in Japan should work in Thailand, like decent roads, effective lighting, stiff and enforced speeding and DUI penalties, driver education, traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and respect for other road users.

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    Three students killed, 48 people injured in school bus crash



    Three students were killed and 48 students, teachers and parents were injured when a school bus crashed in Nakhon Ratchasima's Dan Khun Thod district Wednesday evening.

    Police said the accident happened at 4 pm on the Sikhiew-Chaiyaphum road at the Ban Kud Muang intersection in Tambon Takhien of Dan Khun Thod district.


    The bus took 51 students, teachers and parents from Ban Nong Waeng School in Chaiyaphum's Phu Kiew district on a field trip to Dan Khun Thod. The accident happened while the bus was returning to Chaiyaphum.

    The three students, who died at the scene, were in the junior secondary school level.

    The injured, who are mostly primary and junior secondary school students, were rushed to the district hospital.

    The survivors told police that a pickup truck cut into the front of the bus, causing the bus to crash into the pickup. The bus then overturned and fell into the roadside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    What works in Japan should work in Thailand, like decent roads, effective lighting, stiff and enforced speeding and DUI penalties, driver education, traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and respect for other road users.
    Reincarnation and machinery somehow seems to work in Japan, don't it?

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    ^^That explanation isn't what I saw in the video of the crash, which hopefully someone computer-savvy will post here. It looked very much like the bus driver (aka Executioner) has fallen asleep and veered across to the opposite side of the highway then into a ditch. No sign of brakes being lockup up or other avoidance maneuvers.

    Next problem in the video is them loading kids that survived into the back of a pick-up, I assume this is to put them in more danger while speeding off on their way to hospital.

    They really are totally fucking hopeless. I can't begin to imagine the worry those of you with kids must go through every time their lives are in the hands of a local driver/rider

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    ^^That explanation isn't what I saw in the video of the crash, which hopefully someone computer-savvy will post here. It looked very much like the bus driver (aka Executioner) has fallen asleep and veered across to the opposite side of the highway then into a ditch. No sign of brakes being lockup up or other avoidance maneuvers.
    Now stop that, it is known by everyone that all car, bus and truck accidents in Thailand are caused by brake failure.

    Even if the driver has had three litres of lao khao and been driving for 28 hours non stop it is, nonetheless, brake failure.

    You cannot contradict this with silly little things like facts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post

    They really are totally fucking hopeless. I can't begin to imagine the worry those of you with kids must go through every time their lives are in the hands of a local driver/rider
    It's a country of more than 65 million....they're not all hopeless drivers. There are just a larger percentage than we are used to dealing with.

    I used to take cabs all the time in BKK and got mostly safe and conservative drivers. My wife used to be a teacher there, and her school used to use the same trusted, conservative, sensible drivers regularly. I went on a couple of trips with them and saw that they really were.

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    ^I get your point and acknowledge that there's a lot of defensive/aware drivers here. But the fact remains that no matter how hard they try to fudge the figures to save what little dignity they have left, this country has the highest road fatality figures of anywhere in the world. And there's a reason for that.

    Doesn't matter how safely you drive here, there's always some total fuckwitt capable of killing you who puts luck and amulets before road safety lurking...
    Last edited by Headworx; 16-11-2017 at 06:13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    That explanation isn't what I saw in the video of the crash, which hopefully someone computer-savvy will post here. It looked very much like the bus driver (aka Executioner) has fallen asleep and veered across to the opposite side of the highway then into a ditch. No sign of brakes being lockup up or other avoidance maneuvers.


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    ^Thanks Dill. Even in that truncated clip you can see the bus maintained speed and their was no pick-up involved, it's safe to say the driver was asleep. They must hate CCTV and dash-cam footage that catches them out as being liars so often . Anyway, RIP to the kids that lost their lives and good luck to those in hospital still fighting for theirs.

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    The average Thai driver habitually and systemically drives without any meaningful lane discipline on major highways, is addicted to tailgating at any speed, refuses to signal intentions by the use of indicators and invariably drives too fast for prevailing road conditions. He also suffers from the unique Thai default mental condition whereby they are congenitally incapable of quantifying danger or risk until the consequences have already been made apparent. In most other societies this is known as stupidity - here it is called Thainess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    It's a country of more than 65 million....they're not all hopeless drivers. There are just a larger percentage than we are used to dealing with.

    I used to take cabs all the time in BKK and got mostly safe and conservative drivers. My wife used to be a teacher there, and her school used to use the same trusted, conservative, sensible drivers regularly. I went on a couple of trips with them and saw that they really were.

    I was crossing Asok a few weeks back and as I reached the Cowboy side the lights turned green. Only for one of those Metropolitan buses to come hammering through the red light on Suk at breakneck speed.

    They are fucking idiots, nothing less.

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    Strange that in front of the camera the utility cables are hanging down and seemed to be ongoing up towards where the bus started to cross the road. Just may be the utility men parked their trucks badly, or were carrying out repair work, up the road and that was the reason why the bus lost control? Another case solved.


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    Or maybe the reason someone was taking a video was that work was being done / about to be done on those wires ?
    Last edited by Latindancer; 18-11-2017 at 09:47 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    Doesn't matter how safely you drive here, there's always some total fuckwitt capable of killing you who puts luck and amulets before road safety lurking...
    Yep.Amulets and often a perception of maintaining face; Can't have an older car being in front of my newer car, or conversely, my car may be older but I can drive faster....

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