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    Reflections Mk 2

    I was driving along the divided highway at about 80 Kmh, it was dark and the local Farmers let their Cows & buffaloes graze on the nicely landscaped centre strip so was taking it easy, wife and kids in the car like.
    I was in the outside lane as there are quite a few motorbikes on the road at that time, not all bother with the optional accessories, like tail lights.

    A car from quite far away flashed his nice bright quartz halo head lights, I moved over as he was traveling at much more than my speed, another passed my right behind him doing a similar speed.

    10 Seconds later there was a shower of glass and debris and a buffalo flying at me, I swerved to avoid the carnage and stopped. The driver of the first Civic was well dead, the whole roof had been flattened and the 2nd car looked very second hand although the driver was breathing so we called emergency services.

    I just thought, life is so temporary, an hour ago, the driver of the first car was blatting along, savouring the power and comfort of his new red plate Civic, now he's moving on to a new life.

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    evey time you drive on thai roads yu make a choice

    Will i do stupid things i know might get me killed or will I just use a little tiny bit of common sense and "waste' 20 seconds waiting for a break in traffic ??

    I choose the 20 seconds

    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katana
    Will i do stupid things i know might get me killed or will I just use a little tiny bit of common sense and "waste' 20 seconds waiting for a break in traffic ?? I choose the 20 seconds
    Unfortunately Thais do not have the sense of foresight or reasoning

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    10 Seconds later there was a shower of glass and debris and a buffalo flying at me
    A similar thing happened whilst I was out on the blackbird, riding along....a cow ran out, way in front of me straightinto the path of a pick up. He hit if squarely and launched this cow 10 metres up in the air and it came flying towards me. Bizarre.
    The driver of pick up was fine but hit car was crumpled.
    I thought about calling McDonalds and saying come and get this

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    The driver of the first Civic was well dead
    Anything worth nicking? Gold, wallet etc before the police get them.

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    I think I posted this on another thread but I will join you here PP.

    A week ago I was returning from a day's work in Bangkok driving on the elevated Bang Na Trad tollway heading towards Pattaya.

    It was about 6.30pm and getting quite dark and was just starting to sprinkle with rain.

    I was travelling at about 120kms/hour and I noticed 2 sets of headlights coming up behind me at breakneck speed.

    I was in the centre lane and each of these speeding pick-ups went either side of me.

    The only problem was that the car on the outer lane had not noticed a truck about 100 metres in front of me and had to veer immediately into the centre lane where there was a chevy pickup which he rammed into pushing it up into the air and made it start flipping.

    Meanwhile he continued to veer 45 degrees and into the inside barrier and then ricocheting across into the outside barrier.

    Whilst all this was happening the chevy pickup was still rolling in front of him.

    Well I had jumped on my brakes and slowly approached the carnage with the chevy sitting on its roof, smoke coming out of the engine bay and the engine still revving and the other pickup with its front flattened up against the outside barrier.

    Now the other speeding pickup had slowed down to a stop and I thought about stopping as well but when I saw the petrol flowing out of the chevy I thought about my wife and kids and got outter there.

    All in all a hollywood style crash created by 2 dickhead Thais racing and I bet the bloke who obviously died in the flattened pickup was the other drivers mate.

    The thing that disturbed me most was the fact I didn't stop and try to help but in Thailand the police maybe would try to blame me not to mention the chance of an explosion.

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    ^ wise choice

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    I'm with Mark. I'll wait for a proper gap in the traffic before I pull out onto the road, rather than do it Thai style and shut my eyes and hope for the best.

    Nice to see a few less oxygen thieves cluttering up the highways though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    The driver of the first Civic was well dead
    Anything worth nicking? Gold, wallet etc before the police get them.
    I saw that film as well....

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    I was once arrested here for drink driving.

    OK, please spare me the berating cos I know it was stupid and have learned my lesson since. I was so drunk that I actually made contact with a parked car and didn't even notice, the proof in this was the line of red paint which went along the length of my car.

    Back in the UK and large fine and confiiscated passport would have occurred, possibly even a sentence but in LOS however it cost me about 28,000 baht in fines *cough*, and damages to the other car.

    That event really made me aware of just how dangerous it is as I could easily have hurt somebody or worse, and I have not once driven after having a drink since. Others though are unlikely to see further than escaping punishment and not even think twice about driving again whilst drunk, as long as they can get away with it then the danger they cause to others is not even a consideration.

    There are some real selfish assholes out there who make it dangerous for the rest of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonraker
    Others though are unlikely to see further than escaping punishment and not even think twice about driving again whilst drunk, as long as they can get away with it then the danger they cause to others is not even a consideration.
    and that's the scary thing about it...

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    What gets me is that I have seen innumerable accidents with livestock along this stretch. During the day the cops are there 5/6 hours each day acting in their capacity as modern day Dick Turpins.
    I imagine its never crossed their pea brains to fine the Farmers who let their stock graze unsupervised, in the middle of a national highway.

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    Life is so incredibly fragile & transient.

    It must have been an incredible shock to you & your family, to witness the carnage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    I just thought, life is so temporary, an hour ago, the driver of the first car was blatting along, savouring the power and comfort of his new red plate Civic, now he's moving on to a new life.
    quite true.

    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    The thing that disturbed me most was the fact I didn't stop and try to help but in Thailand the police maybe would try to blame me not to mention the chance of an explosion.
    smart move i think. damn shame that it is though,

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