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    Chuffin' Hell! I actually got 2 driving tickets back to back

    Was only the other week the wife and I were talking about the current state of driving and driver attitude in Thailand, then two days ago bang comes two tickets.

    One a speeding fine somewhere on a stretch from Hua Hin during NY, and the other a section at Phetkasem near the BTS construction as you turn left to Rama 5. I made an Illegal entry into the right hand lane, or my wife did as we can't remember who was driving. 500bht fine for each. Both tickets accompanied with photo evidence.

    About time I think.

    Any else had one recently?

    If anyone wants the point of the camera I'll stick the photo on where I was caught.
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    Was that Highway 4 out of HH, JJ?

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    I have heard about many photo tickets down south. A very lazy way to extort money IMO.

    I hear they are coming to the north soon and KK already has some, so beware.

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    Good!

    If only every meter of tarmac in the country had one and they were all manned and used.

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    Were the pics of the front or back of the car? I'm wondering if I can get nailed on my bike.

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    Got one years ago in Nakon Suan speeding. They mailed the photo ticket to me in Phuket...500 baht seems to be standard. Hope they don't go western and start charging by the MPH over the posted speed limit.

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    Maybe, as long as they enforce all the laws broken. They should be able to pay for all the cameras from just one placed in a good spot.

    Where does the fine money go, I wonder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers View Post
    I have heard about many photo tickets down south. A very lazy way to extort money IMO.

    I hear they are coming to the north soon and KK already has some, so beware.
    How is it possibly "A very lazy way to extort money"??

    It's very sensible - the OP was breaking the law and was caught on camera, then received a Ticket in the Mail and had to pay the correct fine for the offence.

    This system gives you absolutely NO CHANCE of paying off (bribing) a Policeman for a lesser sum and the full amount of the Fine goes to the Thai Government.

    I hope this expands throughout Thailand.

    Patrick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    Was that Highway 4 out of HH, JJ?
    Yes, I was doing 121 at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FailSafe View Post
    Were the pics of the front or back of the car? I'm wondering if I can get nailed on my bike.

    Both front. Funny you mentioned because the right hand entry I made I've done a few times on the bike when there is no traffic and never received a ticket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers View Post
    I have heard about many photo tickets down south. A very lazy way to extort money IMO.

    I hear they are coming to the north soon and KK already has some, so beware.
    How is it possibly "A very lazy way to extort money"??

    It's very sensible - the OP was breaking the law and was caught on camera, then received a Ticket in the Mail and had to pay the correct fine for the offence.

    This system gives you absolutely NO CHANCE of paying off (bribing) a Policeman for a lesser sum and the full amount of the Fine goes to the Thai Government.

    I hope this expands throughout Thailand.

    Patrick
    Agreed, and if it curbs bad driving a little who cares!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kockupocket
    It's a way of enforcing the law. That's a good thing.
    They need to sort other offenses out first. Having the correct coloured lights on ones vehicle. A number plate on the rear(usually removed for avoiding speed fines). Tilting number plates (for the same reason). Driving on the correct side of the road and so on and so on. I don't believe speeding drivers to be that big a problem up north. More likely drivers using the overtaking lane continually to be the biggest offense, followed by driving into oncoming traffic.

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    ^Tiz in Bangkok, and if they start issuing fines on a regular basis to those that can barely afford their finance payments they might think twice. I agree there are many issues from the infrastructure to bad and poorly trained drivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt
    Got one years ago in Nakon Suan speeding. They mailed the photo ticket to me in Phuket...500 baht seems to be standard. Hope they don't go western and start charging by the MPH over the posted speed limit.
    Got one from Nakhon Sawan around 3 years that was posted to my address in Bangkok.

    The picture itself was just the back of the motor and looked like it was printed off a cheap HP inkjet on a A4 piece of crap paper.

    Sure it was an policeman hiding in the bushes with a camera shooting anyone in the fast lane.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus Jones
    If anyone wants the point of the camera I'll stick the photo on where I was caught.
    Don't you have a satnav that alerts you to these cameras?

    Download Waze onto your mobile, you can add the camera locations to that


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    https://www.waze.com/

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    Most of those cameras along the major highways were removed or deactivated due to the number of people who had their own cameras going at the traffic stop. to many cops shown forcing the payments from Thai drivers over bogus offenses. Haven't seen any new resurrection of the same old corruption tactic (speed traps) in quite a while.

    Hua Hin had one that was signaged to let you know in advance that they had set up a speed zone. Slow down to 80-100kph and you should get through easily.

    Traffic violations are rampant as jackrabbits mating in spring time. I personally like the traffic enforcement as it is...seen, but seldom heard from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers View Post
    I have heard about many photo tickets down south. A very lazy way to extort money IMO.

    I hear they are coming to the north soon and KK already has some, so beware.
    How is it possibly "A very lazy way to extort money"??

    It's very sensible - the OP was breaking the law and was caught on camera, then received a Ticket in the Mail and had to pay the correct fine for the offence.

    This system gives you absolutely NO CHANCE of paying off (bribing) a Policeman for a lesser sum and the full amount of the Fine goes to the Thai Government.

    I hope this expands throughout Thailand.

    Patrick
    Patrick my point was that before these cameras were available, the BIB would just set up a desk by the side of the road and stopped cars that they felt were going too fast, staying in the fast lane too long or any other infraction they could think up. Has anyone ever seen a radar gun that verifies the speed of vehicles pulled over, I sure haven't. Only the BIB word that you had broken a rule of the road is enought to collect some tea money. To me this is being lazy. How many police patrol cars do you see pulling over vehicles for infractions? I have never seen any in 10 years. Just the arbitrary orange cones placed at various spots to check vehicles and hand out fines.

    Putting up cameras is even lazier since the BIB do not even have to be present. If you believe all the fines go to the Thai government you may be right when you consider that the BIB work for the government. A better question is how the money is spent to benefit the Thai public? Has anyone ever seen any documents that shows how this money is received and then spent?

    I would think The BIB are upset that cameras are now interfering with the bribes and tea money, as has already been stated. I will add that enforcing all the laws of the road would be nice, but will never happen. Again, this is due to the laziness of the BIB and unfortunate for the Thai people and others who die in so many traffic accidents each year. To protect and Serve does not seem to be the mantra in Thailand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus Jones View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    Was that Highway 4 out of HH, JJ?
    Yes, I was doing 121 at the time.
    You got busted for 1km over the line?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogon
    with a camera shooting anyone in the fast lane.
    No such thing as 'the fast lane'. It's the overtaking lane.

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    ^ 'Cor dear. Having flashbacks to being 17 again and listening to my driving instructor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus Jones View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    Was that Highway 4 out of HH, JJ?
    Yes, I was doing 121 at the time.
    You got busted for 1km over the line?
    Might not be the same place then. I'll check again when missus is home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogon
    ^ 'Cor dear. Having flashbacks to being 17 again and listening to my driving instructor.
    Obviously you didn't listen and so wouldn't be calling it 'the fast lane'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic
    No such thing as 'the fast lane'. It's the overtaking lane.
    Every lane's an overtaking lane in Thailand

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    Might have picked up one today. But there again I have no intention at all of paying them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus Jones
    500bht fine for each
    I got clipped twice in December.

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