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Pattaya: Drunk Thai driver kills compatriot cyclist out exercising

 

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Nong Prue police and Sawang Boriboon foundation attended an accident on the Pornprapha Nimit road by the reservoir at 7 am on Friday. 

 

An unidentified Thai man aged about 40-45 was dead on the hard shoulder by the Sa Bua bend next to the reservoir. 

 

He had multiple injuries and a "F1" bicycle was found near the body.

 

On the other side of the road a Toyota Tiger pick-up with Chonburi plates was overturned.

 

The driver was Kerkkiat, 48, who Siam Chon News said was very drunk. 

 

He said that he had been to eat at the Nong Prue market and was on his way home to Pong sub-district when he lost control of his vehicle and hit the cyclist who was out exercising. 

 

Pol Capt Ongart Thumsut found him to have an alcohol level of 239 mg and arrested him.

 

Source: Siam Chon News

 

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I saw this on the local news yesterday morning, the Mrs saw the aftermath of the accident when she was out exercising, the pickup driver really did a number on the cyclist, ironically the guy would probably be alive today if he had bothered to use the purpose built cycle/running track that was only a few metres away.

 

Far too many cyclists take the risk of using the road and not what IMHO is a superb facility built specifically to avoid cyclists & traffic coming together. Everyday I see large groups using the road, it was only a matter of time before this occurred, RIP to the rider & I hope the drunken driver does a very long stretch.

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19 minutes ago, petermik said:

Long term jail sentences is the way forward for anyone DD...life sentences for killers :thumbsup:

But what if he has connections?

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15 minutes ago, BangkokReady said:

 

Very sad.  The thing is, it would probably take a monumental shift in the Thai way of thinking, way of viewing life, education, beliefs, etc., to reach these guyd.

I agree with education but not beliefs and way of viewing life. 

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2 hours ago, Golden Triangle said:

I saw this on the local news yesterday morning, the Mrs saw the aftermath of the accident when she was out exercising, the pickup driver really did a number on the cyclist, ironically the guy would probably be alive today if he had bothered to use the purpose built cycle/running track that was only a few metres away.

 

Far too many cyclists take the risk of using the road and not what IMHO is a superb facility built specifically to avoid cyclists & traffic coming together. Everyday I see large groups using the road, it was only a matter of time before this occurred, RIP to the rider & I hope the drunken driver does a very long stretch.

Yes, blame the cyclist, not the <deleted> up ars*hol* in the pickup.

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2 hours ago, Victornoir said:

 The demagogic and thoughtless measure par excellence.

 

The Thai men drink among themselves in the evening, almost all. It is their solution to accepting poorly paid hard work and maintaining a good mood.


Then they return to their homes with uncertain behavior. And this is where the dramas happen.


There are some smart solutions like the sober driver bringing everyone back and which has been successfully experienced in my own country. 


Maybe other solutions, but certainly not putting half the country in jail.

Of course will putting drunk drivers in jail help. It sends a message and if enforcement is high enough the amount of drunk driving lowers. You can also implement the things you said at the same time. You can do both and should do both.

 

Anyone who drinks (or uses drugs) and drives and kills or wounds someone should be in jail for a long time. Drunk driving not a jail sentence right away but a second time why not.

 

But this will never happen as the cops just are not active enough about this.

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3 hours ago, gunderhill said:

Only today had this  idiot, no signal,  no warning ,spots  the  food and off he goes, doesn't check his   mirrors  has  no brake  lights  either by the looks of things, needn't  bother with a helmet  his  head is empty.

 

Good reactions...  You saved a kids life there, he probably has no idea how lucky he is.

 

Some will naturally say you were going too fast etc etc - difficult to tell from just the video. 

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6 hours ago, rooster59 said:

On the other side of the road a Toyota Tiger pick-up with Chonburi plates was overturned.

Had he been the right way up I suspect he would have been on his way. Damn these drunk selfish people.

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4 hours ago, tubber said:

Yes, blame the cyclist, not the <deleted> up ars*hol* in the pickup.

     He was not blaming the cyclist.  He was pointing out that there is a very good paved cycling track right next to the road that was built for cyclists to use and to get them off the traffic road--which is a busy 2 lane road with lots of curves that can be dangerous for cyclists--even from non-drunk drivers.  My partner and I are always remarking to each other why don't they use the cycling track when we see cyclists on the main road.  

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1 hour ago, newnative said:

     He was not blaming the cyclist.  He was pointing out that there is a very good paved cycling track right next to the road that was built for cyclists to use and to get them off the traffic road--which is a busy 2 lane road with lots of curves that can be dangerous for cyclists--even from non-drunk drivers.  My partner and I are always remarking to each other why don't they use the cycling track when we see cyclists on the main road.  

Those things often  never  get maintained after being built, get  full of weeds  etc and then motorbikes use them to drive both ways  down the road.

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7 hours ago, Neeranam said:

I agree with education but not beliefs and way of viewing life. 

Beliefs are just that, have no scientific   meaning at  all,  you can literally believe anything and palm it off as fact, the dead person believed  Buddha would save them is what many think.

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8 hours ago, Golden Triangle said:

I saw this on the local news yesterday morning, the Mrs saw the aftermath of the accident when she was out exercising, the pickup driver really did a number on the cyclist, ironically the guy would probably be alive today if he had bothered to use the purpose built cycle/running track that was only a few metres away.

 

Far too many cyclists take the risk of using the road and not what IMHO is a superb facility built specifically to avoid cyclists & traffic coming together. Everyday I see large groups using the road, it was only a matter of time before this occurred, RIP to the rider & I hope the drunken driver does a very long stretch.

Two things that I used to enjoy in the UK, motorbikes and cycles, but not here, far too dangerous.  I will stick to my car, boring though it often is and use the gym for exercise.  

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12 hours ago, Phuketshrew said:

Most don't seem to give a rats <deleted> about drinking and driving. Maybe the way forward is to fit every vehicle with one of these:

https://www.intoxalock.com/ignition-interlock-devices/drunk-driving-prevention/

 

I don't think they have any for motorcycles yet

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11 hours ago, newnative said:

     He was not blaming the cyclist.  He was pointing out that there is a very good paved cycling track right next to the road that was built for cyclists to use and to get them off the traffic road--which is a busy 2 lane road with lots of curves that can be dangerous for cyclists--even from non-drunk drivers.  My partner and I are always remarking to each other why don't they use the cycling track when we see cyclists on the main road.  

I was coming out of the 36/1 alley onto Sukhumvit (the one with the Radi Mansion) in my truck, and infront of me, riding Sukhumvit northwards, was a family of 4, dad at the front a young child, even a tyke followed by mom riding their own cycles, out for a trip, helmets, tight embarrassing pants etc. I had to wait till Mom got past else I would have split the group, which were a little bit too much apart. 

This must be the dumbest and most stupid place for them to be, where traffic wanting to get onto the motorway flyover, coming out of the tunnel and from the Klang junction merges and tries to swap lanes. Cyclists need to act with more sense.... the track around the lake is very safe for them and easy enough to get to. I am bloody nervous on Sukhumvit on my motorbike and get to the Railway Line Bypass as soon as I can... awful standard of impatient driving and many large vehicles racing for that 'about to change' light... or changed already 10 seconds ago. 

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How many more times does it need to be said and proven. Until there is an effective Police force who actually enforce the law and are seen to be doing it, with REAL consequences to an action, then this senseless loss of life will continue.

 

I hope the driver gets charged with vehicular manslaughter and its well publicised as a clear message to others.

But I think we all know that wont happen.

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