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    The Annual New Year Road Carnage Poll

    There's a reason why the word carnage has "car in it.

    Yep guys and girls, it's that time of year again!

    So, how many will it be this year? Here's a little read from today's BP to give you some guiding help in picking your wining numbers.

    Prizes this year:

    1. Dinner with the Goddess
    2. Lunch with Pooly (he's not allowed out after sunset)
    3. Lunch or dinner with Wally, depending on when he wakes up!

    Petrol stations to open 24-hours at New Year


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    The government will allow petrol stations nationwide to open around the clock during the New Year festivities. The measure will apply from Thursday, Dec 29 to Jan 5.

    The decision by the Energy Ministry aims to help motorists and travellers enjoy the New Year celebrations. It is also designed to promote tourism and boost economic growth.

    Energy Minister Viset Choopiban said yesterday that the ministry would continue to promote a campaign to save energy and boost alternative energy consumption, despite a forecast that crude oil prices would become stable and even lower next year.

    Crude oil prices are expected to stay at around $45-50 (1,842.50 to 2,047 baht) per barrel next year while oil demand around the world would slightly increase by only 1.7% because of the global economic slowdown, said the minister.

    At present, he said, oil reserves in the US, Europe and Japan had increased along with a hike in the production capacity of refineries and crude refining of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

    The motorway from Bangkok to Chon Buri will be opened for free for drivers from 4pm next Thursday to midnight of Jan 4.

    Director-general of the Highways Department Chaisawat Kittipornpaibool estimated that 30,000 more cars would use the motorway every day during that period, from an daily average of 80,000 at present.

    The agency will lose 42 million baht by opening it for free but he said the loss would be worth it to prevent chaotic traffic during the long holiday.

    Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra presided over the launch of a caravan for another campaign to promote awareness of road accidents, which usually lead to soaring death tolls during the New Year celebrations.

    The government considered the period from next Thursday to Jan 4 to be the most dangerous days, with high road accident tolls imminent as people travel to their home towns for celebrations.

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    Where's the poll william?

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    polls do not need to be polls, per se. What is required my good friend CMN, is numbers.
    Last edited by William; 23-12-2005 at 10:32 AM.

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    oh ok.

    I envisage 478 road deaths over the new year period.

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    ^bold guess sir

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    BTW - for the avoidance of doubt, and in the interest of fairness, the term "New Year Period" shall mean: "Midnight Thursday, 29 December 2005 until Midnight Tuesday, 4 January 2006."

    Would you like to reconsider CMN?

    ~W~

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    I think I'll stick with my original estimate.

    I'm sure far more are likely to cark it, but lots go unreported, so 478 it is.

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    I reckon 100 a day is an excellent estimate CMn, I will have to guess something similar

    OK my guess is 451

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    I love the holidays my dead farang thread gets so lively

    anyway this year I shall go for the low estimate, yep 390 wiped out on the roads of Thailand

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    Well, I'm going 528.

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    I'm gonna go high. Think this is a good year for carnage: 657

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frisco
    Think this is a good year for carnage
    I hope not, i'm driving down to Petchabun on the 30th.
    It's a dicey enough drive at the best of times.

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    Leave CM about 6:00 AM most the partiers will still be sleeping off the night before. How long a drive is it?

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    About 8 hours at an easy pace.

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    455 is a good guestimate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quirrell
    455 is a good guestimate
    fuck you're good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by William
    The motorway from Bangkok to Chon Buri will be opened for free for drivers from 4pm next Thursday to midnight of Jan 4. Director-general of the Highways Department Chaisawat Kittipornpaibool estimated that 30,000 more cars would use the motorway every day during that period, from an daily average of 80,000 at present. The agency will lose 42 million baht by opening it for free but he said the loss would be worth it to prevent chaotic traffic during the long holiday.
    Why can't they just pay the toll? Fekwits!

    Oh, and I'll go for 444.

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    Quote:
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    455 is a good guestimate

    fuck you're good.
    oops I thought you were talking about the distance to Petchabun.

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    550 me thinks

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    I hope it's 0.

    I will avoid jogging over the period I know that. Last Songkran I was running along a country road as pickups careerd across the road to overtake......fair made me poo my pants.....and let me tell you that jogging in spolied pants is not a pleasant experience.
    Last edited by danbo; 23-12-2005 at 02:19 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danbo
    and let me tell you that jogging in spolied pants is not a pleasant experience.
    Mrs Q would probably like it.

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    New Year is a long weekend - I predict a slaughter - 750!

    WS

    And I am staying home this year!

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    when out and about there's new red plates every where the scuzzy cnunts been buying cars like if there were no tomorrow, vigos and izuzus like crazy

    I'm going high also 623

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    i'm staying holed up too but gotta go out food shopping at least once but usually i try to get out and back b4 the pack starts movin

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    What was last year's number?

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