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"Drive slowly if drunk" - New Year Thai road sign stuns the Japanese

 

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Japanese media were laughing at Thailand yesterday after ANN News broadcast a picture of a Thai road sign that said: Mao Khap Cha-chaa - If you're drunk, drive slowly. 

 

Japan has very strict drink driving laws while Thailand is sometimes seen as a joke in this regard, notes Thaivisa. 

 

The media claimed to have confronted officials in Nakorn Ratchasima about it only to be told that it was impossible to stop DUI - so they were just appealing for drunks to drive slowly at New Year. 

 

Sanook reported on the story with part of a headline that stated "Media from the land of sushi absolutely confused". 

 

They pointed out that Thailand does not allow drink driving. 

 

Source: Sanook

 

 

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i"m just wondering when are you supposed to notice this sign, when you're sober yet or when drunk already? and if drunk already, how do suppose to pay attention to a rad sign at all?...

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8 minutes ago, ezzra said:

i"m just wondering when are you supposed to notice this sign, when you're sober yet or when drunk already? and if drunk already, how do suppose to pay attention to a rad sign at all?...

 

And if you see / read the sign when your sober it could be interpreted as 'it's OK to drive when your drunk if you drive slowly'.

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17 minutes ago, colinneil said:

No matter how hard you tried, you could not better that road sign, pathetic, who ever came up with that absolutely stupid idea needs sacked on the spot, T.I.T.

This sign is quite likley the end result of nepotism, paying for high level positions which results in folks sitting in the big chairs but with no experience, uneducated no insight into the subject at hand.

 

Further, nobody more junior would with a brain would comment because it would be not polite. 

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As a retired CHP officer, we posted signs on the CMS boards which read "See a Drunk driver Call 911", we were aggressive and reduced the mileage death rate, saving countless lives, which here is not looked at.  I asked my wife about this and she said "You can not change destiny, if meant to die will die, so why fight to change something".  That's Thai mentality for you.

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49 minutes ago, webfact said:

Japan has very strict drink driving laws while Thailand is sometimes seen as a joke in this regard, notes Thaivisa. 

What do they mean 'sometimes'. 

 

The irony being that nothing about the problems on Thailand's roads is a joke. It is a 'deadly' serious problem.

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13 minutes ago, DLock said:

 

How else could you interpret it? That's exactly what it says.

 

Thailand is an intellectual wasteland of recent tree dwellers that cannot look at other countries that don't have 60 deaths per day and simply follow their lead. Their arrogance and loss of face will not allow it.

 

It's not that hard.

Perhaps you might think again about the intent in my post, it's not that hard.

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36 minutes ago, colinneil said:

No matter how hard you tried, you could not better that road sign, pathetic, who ever came up with that absolutely stupid idea needs sacked on the spot, T.I.T.

I wonder if they'll deduct fewer points on your license if your defence is, "I know I was drunk, Your Lordship, but I obeyed the government's advice and drove slowly"... ?

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43 minutes ago, colinneil said:

No matter how hard you tried, you could not better that road sign, pathetic, who ever came up with that absolutely stupid idea needs sacked on the spot, T.I.T.

well  we are living in the land of lazy children

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5 minutes ago, hobobo said:

I wonder if they'll deduct fewer points on your license if your defence is, "I know I was drunk, Your Lordship, but I obeyed the government's advice and drove slowly"... ?

what licence,most dont have one

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There are levels of stupidity. I know guys that drive drunk like a bat out of hell. Now we already can agree that they are totally irresponsible for driving drunk in the first place. Since alcohol slows your reaction time, you CAN compensate to a large degree by slowing down. There are limits to this as well of course. If you are totally inebriated, then driving slow won't help. If you have forgotten how to talk, then driving slow won't help. If you can't walk, then driving slow won't help. But if you are under the limit or even near the limit, you definitely CAN reduce chances of accidents by slowing down. Makes perfect sense to me.

 

Before I get flamed, please understand, I am not saying to drive drunk. I am saying that if you know you have had one drink, you can compensate for slower reaction times by slowing down. I know lots of guys who don't do that, it's pedal to the metal with impaired reaction times, and that is true stupidity. Ok, now flame on.

 

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I can verify that yes, Japan DOES take DUI very seriously.  If you are a public worker, teacher, university professor, a DUI conviction will result in your being fired from your job 100% of the time.  Even a lot of private sector companies follow the same policy. The legal penalties are a fine of up to $5000 USD and/or three years in jail. The limit is also 0.03%, not 0.08.  

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47 minutes ago, BestB said:

I wonder, if get caught, go to court and use this sign as a defence, but I was driving slowly , so not guilty 

Better  still drive backwards,  cant get any slower  than that  surely

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36 minutes ago, scorecard said:

Perhaps you might think again about the intent in my post, it's not that hard.

 

No, you got me.

 

You'll have to explain it to me.

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2 minutes ago, Chazar said:

Better  still drive backwards,  cant get any slower  than that  surely

No sorry, then you be guilty as sign is very clear .

 

by the way if you not drunk and driving slowly , you would be breaking road rules which clear state drive slow when you drunk😂

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Just another one of those "only in Thailand" things.

 

Like trying to improve road safety by raising speed limits. Or mayonnaise on pizza.

 

You've got to wonder whether some Thai people in authority are actually sentient, or are just biological machines going about their day on reflexes and instincts alone, like insects.

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8 minutes ago, Hanaguma said:

I can verify that yes, Japan DOES take DUI very seriously.  If you are a public worker, teacher, university professor, a DUI conviction will result in your being fired from your job 100% of the time.  Even a lot of private sector companies follow the same policy. The legal penalties are a fine of up to $5000 USD and/or three years in jail. The limit is also 0.03%, not 0.08.  

I can verify also. One expat in my company when I was in Japan got caught DUI, just above the limit. The japanese staff demanded that he be sent home immediately, in fact he was processed very quickly by the system, fined very heavily and deported within 24 hours.  

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In the UK it has always been illegal to ride a bicycle on the road whilst drunk, however this is a law which I have never heard of being enforced. I used to cycle home from parties at university in a very poor state, once I even crashed my bike cycling through a graveyard.

 

What is the law about riding a bicycle whilst intoxicated in Thailand? Or maybe an e-bike? I know many Thai people would rather poke themselves in the eye with a needle than ride a bicycle, but an electric bicycle might tempt them away from driving drunk. At least if they crash an e-bike it won't cause much damage.

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1 hour ago, tifino said:

doesn't matter how slow... the result will be the same

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Perhaps  this  clip displayed on  big  screens beside the roads and text saying This is what happens when you drink and  drive! might  have some  effect?

Or maybe  not. It will be the other driver.

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5 minutes ago, Langkawee said:

Its a great idea, the crashes will be less severe, let's be honest, with little enforcement this is the best possible outcome. Time for those complaining to snap out of their colonial mindset. 

thats  right  i  mean  driving  head on  into  the  opposite  traffic  lane  when  doing 20kph slowly as  drunk  and  the  other  vehicle 90kph for sure would  mean everyone just walks away with a  minor  nick............u cant make up some of the replies here can you!

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1 hour ago, ThailandRyan said:

You can not change destiny, if meant to die will die, so why fight to change something".  That's Thai mentality for you.

Well there is an element of truth in all that

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