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    Thai Road Deaths and Corruption


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    More people get pinged for traffic offences in the UK than almost anywhere else in the world.
    It is such a comfort to know that our police are incorruptible.

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    Another thread about Thai road deaths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thailazer View Post
    Other correlations:

    Bad drivers are a good indicator of a poor economy.
    Bad drivers are a good indicator of a bad education system.
    Bad drivers are a good indicator of an over-worked police force.
    Bad drivers are a good indicator of a low national IQ.
    Bad drivers are a good indicator of a high Asian population.......

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    I am surprised Thailand is second on the list of global road traffic fatalities, after seeing what the drivers are like in China, India, Nepal and Vietnam I would have thought one of those countries would be ahead of Thailand.
    Thailand could easily curb their accident/injury/fatality rate, all it takes is to have a government in power (which means none of the previous ones) who actually have power over the RTP and force them to do their job.
    If you hit the Thais where it hurts, in the pocket, the message will get through.
    Put a 5,000 baht fine on not wearing a helmet, dangerous driving, speeding, driving on the wrong side of the road etc and we would not even be talking about the subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mickmac
    Put a 5,000 baht fine on not wearing a helmet, dangerous driving, speeding, driving on the wrong side of the road etc and we would not even be talking about the subject.
    I really don't think that will work. Thais are too stubborn to comply with the traffic laws and the police are too corrupt to turn down a thousand baht bribe.
    When in India I saw the police go round with a tyre valve remover and deflate, remove the valves and throw them away, from bicycle's, tuk-tuks cars if parked illegally.
    May be impounding a Thai vehicle may give a better result than a fine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic
    When in India I saw the police go round with a tyre valve remover and deflate, remove the valves and throw them away, from bicycle's, tuk-tuks cars if parked illegally.
    That is a great idea. A fork lift truck should be used as further incentive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic
    When in India I saw the police go round with a tyre valve remover and deflate, remove the valves and throw them away, from bicycle's, tuk-tuks cars if parked illegally.
    That is a great idea. A fork lift truck should be used as further incentive.
    Probably would need to do that to every moving vehicle in Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mickmac
    If you hit the Thais where it hurts, in the pocket, the message will get through. Put a 5,000 baht fine on not wearing a helmet, dangerous driving, speeding, driving on the wrong side of the road etc and we would not even be talking about the subject.
    But in places like Ranong and Mae Sot it's rare to see someone not wearing a helmet or driving on the wrong side of the road. Even as a mc passenger I'm told to wear a helmet.
    No need for stiffer penalties. It just takes someone to enforce the law and constantly make sure it's being enforced. Not the usual 1-2 day purge on a particular traffic offence every now and then.

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    Quite some time ago I expressed the view that if one can drink tap water safely, then, generally speaking, there was a free press and a meaningful rule of law.

    Still holds, err, um, water, yes?

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