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Thailand Road Carnage continues: Motorcyclist unrecognisable after collision with pick-up in Trat


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Thai Rath reported on the continuing carnage on Thailand's roads - some of the deadliest in the world.

 

Khao Saming police in the province of Trat in the central east were called to an accident on the Saen Tung to Bang Kradan Road.

 

A motorcyclist called Noppadon, aged 27, was found on the left of the road with broken bones and multiple injuries. 

 

The Thai media's depiction of the scene was predictably graphic and bloody. 

 

His bike was completely destroyed after a head on collison with a pick up driven by Somporn from Khlung. 

 

Somporn said it had happened on a hill; he had tried to brake but couldn't stop in time. 

 

The rider was propelled to the left while his bike ending up wedged into the front of his vehicle. 

 

Thai media regularly report an at- the-scene death toll of many dozen every day on the kingdom's roads. 

 

When fatalities at and on the way to hospitals are added it is thought that up to 25,000 succumb annually, 80% of them motorcyclists. 

 

A million people are thought to be injured in some way annually. 

 

ASEAN NOW notes that politicians largely pay lip service to the carnage and the police are universally criticized for lack of enforcement or road rules and regulations. 

 

This despite the enormous negative economic impact brought about by road accidents. 

 

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So I guess Mr Popular PM would show same sort of initiative on this like he did on covid as this Corona show is over??? I guess not, moving on to the next thread for some stupid comment.

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7 minutes ago, Kaopad999 said:

Must wear a mask on motorcycle. but, no helmet, no problem!
 

No helmet, insurance, tax or driver's license. But it's ok, was wearing a mask.

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2 hours ago, RandiRona said:

So I guess Mr Popular PM would show same sort of initiative on this like he did on covid as this Corona show is over??? I guess not, moving on to the next thread for some stupid comment.

He would probably use the road like the rest of them,  no highway code knowledge, no proper driver training,  no thought for anyone  else but themselves

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3 hours ago, Kaopad999 said:

Must wear a mask on motorcycle. but, no helmet, no problem!
 

Amazing Thailand, in Pattaya city pre Covid there was a big push by the police to get helmets worn regular stops and fines and I noticed around 90% wore helmets, (a lot less outside the city). Now with the lack of police stops (exsept this last week) there are 100% masks and 10% helmets.

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

he had tried to brake but couldn't stop in time. 

Should add this to a Thai monopoly card.

 

'Break failure, Do not go to jail, move directly to Go, do not collet $200'

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1 hour ago, Paul Kernell said:

Amazing Thailand, in Pattaya city pre Covid there was a big push by the police to get helmets worn regular stops and fines and I noticed around 90% wore helmets, (a lot less outside the city). Now with the lack of police stops (exsept this last week) there are 100% masks and 10% helmets.

same where i live up north. Absolute madness!

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This is one of the biggest dangers that I face while touring through rural area of Thailand - guys in pickup trucks that take insanely unnecessary risks while passing.  Usually when I'm on country roads I'll set my fog-lights to flashing in the desperate hope that oncoming traffic will see that I'm not riding a scooter and think twice before trying to pass whatever is in front of them.

 

My apologies if these observations and experiences have offended anyone.

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

A motorcyclist called Noppadon, aged 27, was found on the left of the road with broken bones and multiple injuries. 

And so it continues... year after year.

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4 hours ago, pseudorabies said:

This is one of the biggest dangers that I face while touring through rural area of Thailand - guys in pickup trucks that take insanely unnecessary risks while passing.  Usually when I'm on country roads I'll set my fog-lights to flashing in the desperate hope that oncoming traffic will see that I'm not riding a scooter and think twice before trying to pass whatever is in front of them.

 

My apologies if these observations and experiences have offended anyone.

What do you drive ? How do you set your fog lamps to flashing ? I can do that with my indicators but not my dog lamps as far as I know.

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29 minutes ago, Golden Triangle said:

What do you drive ? How do you set your fog lamps to flashing ? I can do that with my indicators but not my dog lamps as far as I know.

I ride a Kawa Versys 1000 with some aftermarket LED fog lamps that are 40W each IIRC.  I bought them last year off of Lazada.  If I quickly cycle the lights from ON - OFF - ON they will change from steady to flashing.  One more cycle and the flashing frequency increases.  Another cycle returns to steady ON.  Flashing seems to help a little bit on the straights but has limited effect on hills and curves where oncoming drivers can not see.  But too many roll the dice and attempt to pass anyway.  Insanity.

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19 minutes ago, pseudorabies said:

I ride a Kawa Versys 1000 with some aftermarket LED fog lamps that are 40W each IIRC.  I bought them last year off of Lazada.  If I quickly cycle the lights from ON - OFF - ON they will change from steady to flashing.  One more cycle and the flashing frequency increases.  Another cycle returns to steady ON.  Flashing seems to help a little bit on the straights but has limited effect on hills and curves where oncoming drivers can not see.  But too many roll the dice and attempt to pass anyway.  Insanity.

Got ya, just had to Google your ride, I understand now, thanks 👍🏻 

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This accident , how bad it is , makes no difference in wearing a helmet or not . In many accidents wearing a helmet would have helped , yes , but in this case , not even the best motorcycle suit and a carbon fiber helmet would have saved him . Seeing the damage , on  both the car and the motorbike , this was not a low speed collision . Could have been on both sides ( motorbike + car) or 1 of them . Always have at least 6 eyes on your way in Thailand , 2 in front , 2 in the back of your head and 1 eye left + right .

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On 1/19/2022 at 12:55 PM, Moonlover said:

I adhere to my Thai wife's attitude to all this nowadays . Her answer, as always is: 'it's up to them'.

 

And she has a son who had two motorcycle accidents when he was young in which he almost died.

 

IMO it isn't even worth our while commenting.

That's exactly the kind of attitude that perpetuates the situation. 

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On 1/19/2022 at 12:59 PM, actonion said:

He would probably use the road like the rest of them,  no highway code knowledge, no proper driver training,  no thought for anyone  else but themselves

Add in agricultural vehicle being driven like a sports car too no doubt.

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On 1/19/2022 at 3:52 PM, pseudorabies said:

This is one of the biggest dangers that I face while touring through rural area of Thailand - guys in pickup trucks that take insanely unnecessary risks while passing.  Usually when I'm on country roads I'll set my fog-lights to flashing in the desperate hope that oncoming traffic will see that I'm not riding a scooter and think twice before trying to pass whatever is in front of them.

 

My apologies if these observations and experiences have offended anyone.

This is a danger throughout Thailand, not only in rural areas.

 

They don't know when or where it is safe to overtake and put others in extreme danger. 

 

But with no enforcement of punishments for dangerous driving, it will continue in perpetuity. 

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5 minutes ago, Mr Meeseeks said:
On 1/19/2022 at 12:55 PM, Moonlover said:

I adhere to my Thai wife's attitude to all this nowadays . Her answer, as always is: 'it's up to them'.

 

And she has a son who had two motorcycle accidents when he was young in which he almost died.

 

IMO it isn't even worth our while commenting.

 

5 minutes ago, Mr Meeseeks said:

That's exactly the kind of attitude that perpetuates the situation. 

Yes I know that, but things can only change for the better when Thais learn to pull themselves up by their own boot laces. Our inputs, other than setting a good example, are worthless and in the end, we only stress ourselves.

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