Posts Tagged ‘road safety thailand’

Public Safety and Road Safety in Thailand,

Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance is a concept who’s time has not yet arrived in Thailand. In this instance Hua Hin, but I have seen examples throughout Isaan, Northeast Thailand through the years.
In Nong Khai a traffic light was installed and in the first day there were 3 accidents to include 1 fatality. In Khon Kaen a plan to ease traffic by initiating a few 1 way streets was axed after one day and millions spent.
Generally the pubic is not informed in a timely fashion, if at all. Signage is not properly posted and the police do not know how to direct traffic….

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Thai Traffic Police and Not at Sakon Nakhon, Rajabhat University Morning Rush Hour

Traffic in most Isaan cities and towns of any size gets quite heavy during the  0730 to 0930 and 1500 to 1800 hours most weekdays. People going and leaving work on roads and lanes not sufficient to modern traffic levels make bottlenecks common. Poor road marking and lack of safety infrastructure adds to the problem as well as the fact that most people are not educated in the rules of the road and often choose to ignore them.
To me the most heinous offender is the Royal Thai Police Farce. Over the years I have photographed them breaking the laws they are tasked to uphold and ignoring them being broken. They are there to ensure the public safety. From ensuring that roads are correctly marked and in good repair. Of course they do not do the repair, but are responsible to report infractions.

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Driving in the Phu Phan Mountains from Sakon Nakhon to Kalasin,Thailand

The roads in Northeast Thailand are dangerous night and day, but driving through the Phu Phan Mountains in Isaan presents even more dangers, you might say one around every corner. Blind left hand curves are in fact one of the big dangers as vehicles coming in the opposite direction will often shortcut into your lane often running traffic off the road, if not causing a crash. Another spot that sees it’s share of close calls and accidents are hilltops, where drivers as always will ignore a solid yellow line and pass unable to see oncoming vehicles.
Vehicles often do not stay to the left to allow faster drivers to overtake. Motrcycles and their drivers are often ignorant of the rules of the road and will not be paying attention to their driving and might be carrying potentially dangerous loads. Driving too fast for conditions is a major cause of accidents for large buses and trucks.
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Why are There So Many Road Fatalities in Thailand

In many countries the police are called officers of the law or law enforcement officers in Thailand the police are so corrupt and inept I think creating a new word to describe them might be useful. How about corrept or inrupt? Saves time and comes right to the point of the state of unsafety on Thai roads.
If I had 10 Baht for every time I saw a Thai policeperson ignore a vehicle breaking the law and ignoring it I would be a wealthy man. Another bus overturns, 3 dead, not just a bus, yet another bus is an all too common headline in Thailand’s Nearly English Language Dailies.
Children hanging off the back of trucks and often on the roof at 100KPH is not a rarity and crossing solid yellow lines is the rule rather than the exception on dual-carriageways where often the outside
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