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    Quote Originally Posted by RDN
    Why would the Brit's family be happy with 3,000 quid?
    They wont be but that is the only recourse they have

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    he is dead though not a happy vacatioN for him
    How amusing.

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    hmmm, that smiley should't be in there, I am using a diffeerant keyboard and aint used to it yet.

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    Anyone (thai or farang) who rides a motorcycle in Thailand is merely a temporary terrestial, I reckon, considering three quarters of road fatalities here are bikers. Very sad.

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    Scaremongering really.
    Plenty of responsible drivers who reduce their chance of accident many fold.
    How many of those fatalities were pissed up... not wearing a helmet...talking on their mobile telephones...taking in the view or a combination of all.

    If you ride, it's a good idea to be very fukking careful.

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    Here's the road leading down to Rawai. It has been extensively widened recently so that it is now more like an airport runway:




    Two nights ago I followed a police pick-up to the bar you can just see on the right of centre. Two bikes had managed to crash into themselves on this 6 lane wide almost deserted road.


    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon View Post
    ...If you ride, it's a good idea to be very fukking careful.
    Words to live by!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RDN
    Two bikes had managed to crash into themselves on this 6 lane wide almost deserted road.
    Into themselves? That's kinda hard to do anywhere, really.

    Clueless farangs on big sports bikes, no doubt.

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    Three die in New Year’s Day road accidents

    PHUKET: Between the end of the new year countdown and sunrise on New Year’s Day, three people were killed on Phuket roads.

    The first fatality of the year on the island’s roads came at 2:30 am when Suripong Jitsamut, 30, was killed when his motorbike crashed into an electricity pylon.

    At 3:35 am, Prakarn Keawdee, 20, and Thanachart Rungsrisuk, 18, were killed after their motorbike was involved in a collision with another bike.

    From December 28 to the end of January 1, 26 people had been injured in road accidents.

    The Governor had earlier set a target of limiting road deaths to three injuries on the road below 40 over the December 28 to January 3 holiday period.

    Police reported that they had stopped 39,286 drivers and handed out 2,119 tickets between December 28 and January 1.

    The most common offense was driving without a license, for which 1,134 tickets were issued. Not wearing a helmet on a motorbike was the second with 586 tickets, while 247 drivers and passengers were ticketed for not wearing a seat belt and 85 people were caught with illegally-modified motorbikes.

    Another 67 tickets were issued for drunk driving, but no drivers were cited for speeding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by RDN
    Two bikes had managed to crash into themselves on this 6 lane wide almost deserted road.
    Into themselves? That's kinda hard to do anywhere, really.
    You pedantic bugger! It didn't sound right when I wrote it but couldn't figure out what was wrong! I should've said they "crashed into each other". My bad!


    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    Clueless farangs on big sports bikes, no doubt.
    This is the daft thing about it - according to my g/f's sister who has just started working at the bar, it was two Thais on little motocy's! They must've been going at quite a pace to disable both bikes. Or perhaps they were just waiting for the cops to come and take the obligatory pictures of the crash scene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goliath View Post
    ...The first fatality of the year on the islandís roads came at 2:30 am when Suripong Jitsamut, 30, was killed when his motorbike crashed into an electricity pylon...
    I think that guy lost his head - literally.

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    ^ He was no bright spark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goliath
    but no drivers were cited for speeding
    Really? What a surprise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallalai View Post
    Sad news, all thai people should be banned of driving. Thy're al potential criminals.
    I drive a bike and I hate it. I consider to by an ebgine like this one to be secure on the roads in this country.



    How many lifes should be lost for nothing before some measures will be taken. Simply insane and obscene,

    As we probably all know, it is hard to find out the real character of a Thai.
    But once they are behind the wheels it seems all to clear.

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    Wednesday 3rd January 2007
    Norwegian man seriously injured by a firework only 24 hours after he kills Briton in road crash.

    In the early hours of News Years Day medical staff at the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital admitted Mr. Hans Bjorger Hobraten aged 58 from Norway after he had sustained a serious injury to his left arm sustained during an accident with a firework. The accident occurred at the Jomtien Complex Condotel on Jomtien Beach Road and left him with serious muscle damage. His friend, Mrs. Anita Forberg aged 59 also from Norway explained to us that he was lighting a firework which failed to ignite. Mr. Hobraten approached and attempted to relight the firework, not realizing it was already alight. It exploded causing extensive damage to his arm. It has been a bad week for Mr. Hobraten who was involved in a hit and run road accident just 24 hours before which killed Mr. Jimmy Hassim aged 52 from England.

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    ^ I proudly claim the first dibbs on declaring,

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    ^^ The guy sounds like a fcuking walking accident looking for a place to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon View Post
    ...If you ride, it's a good idea to be very fukking careful.
    Be more than fokin careful.

    2 of my 3 post accident hospital visits happened whilst I was stationary, both with police witnesses, and both times money changed hands before I was free to go to the hospital. On the second occasion, the other rider was wearing no helmet and had no dl (therefore no insurance cover), and would've driven straight through where I was if I wasn't there, but through some convoluted roadside reasoning it was decided the farang should pay for damage to moron's bike because, according to tilak du jour, he can afford to.

    Tip: When following a songteaw, keep a half-eye on the cabin for a raised arm, which means the driver is about to brake as he swerves to the side of the road to drop off a passenger, and the other half on the road ahead for waiting passengers, because the 5 baht they're about to generate means more to the driver than your miserable life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keda View Post
    Tip: When following a songteaw, keep a half-eye on the cabin for a raised arm, which means the driver is about to brake as he swerves to the side of the road to drop off a passenger, and the other half on the road ahead for waiting passengers, because the 5 baht they're about to generate means more to the driver than your miserable life.
    In your case, Keda, he is probably right!

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    Yep, and taxis are just as bad. The one time I ended up in hospital was when the taxi in front of me on a dual carriage decided to do an emergency break because some idiot on the road side was waving his arm in the air.
    Last thing I remember are the taillights and exhaust fumes of the taxi as it was speeding away...

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    i rode a bike here for about six months before i bought a car....it's simply too dangerous and the deck is stacked against foreigners.

    if you plan to live and ride here for years, the only question is how many serious motorcycle accidents you will be involved in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raycarey
    if you plan to live and ride here for years, the only question is how many serious motorcycle accidents you will be involved in.
    not convinced.
    my wife has been riding since she was 12 and has never had an accident of any kind. She's 30 now.
    I too have been lucky in the 5 years I've been riding in ChiangMai.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helicopter View Post
    ^ I proudly claim the first dibbs on declaring,

    Som Nam Na
    OK, I'll have second dibbs.

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    I admit to being seriously diverted by the woman in Herman's avatar. Sorry, back to topic.

    Motorcyclists are temporary, it's that simple, the only question is when you go down and if you get up again.

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    I admit to being seriously diverted by the woman in Herman's avatar. Sorry, back to topic...

    Motorcyclists are only temporarily here, the only quesiton is when they go down and if they get up.
    One of my students went down on Tuesday while a passenger on a motorcycle taxi. Fortunately she, a lovely girl in all senses of the word, is OK, but lucky.
    Recently a friend was hit by a motorcycle while walking on the roadside and killed instantly.
    Look at the Christmas-New Year road statistics, it's all there. Motorcyclists are more than three quarters of the victims.

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    Ok this is the only suitable picture I can find to post here on my camera.


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