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Bangkok—On April 23rd, 2024, Thai social media users posted a video of a pedestrian being hit by a taxi while legally crossing the road at a crosswalk in front of Asiatique The Riverfront, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok.


In response to the viral video of the accident, Wat Phraya Krai police officers publicly revealed the case details that the officers received via an accident report at 1:36 PM, on April 20th.

 

The video shows a dozen pedestrians waiting to cross the road.

 

The emergency services and police officers were dispatched to the accident scene and found a taxi driver, publicly identified only as Mr. Patsathi, 58, and a victim, publicly identified only as Mr. Thanat, 44.

 

By Kittisak Phalaharn

 

Full story: THE PATTAYA NEWS 2024-04-24

 

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1 hour ago, sammieuk1 said:

Attention pedestrians! The killing zone is clearly marked in black and white, now red and white in this case 🤔

Attention pedestrians, the killing zone is 10 meters outside your front door!

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Whilst noting this crossing appears to have lights/signals and it would appear the driver simply wasn't looking - else he would have the seen the victim striding out, it's well overdue to have a single standardised zebra crossing project in Bangkok.

 

There appear to be several different types of crossing (lights/no lights/lights set up ridiculously high etc), which I think can lead to bad habits and confusion for both drivers and pedestrians. 

 

Examples off the top of my head would be the numerous crossings with no lights on Sukhumvit from Phrom Pong down to Pra Kanong where pedestrians are taking their lives in their own hands and drivers get accustomed to simply stopping out of "goodwill", getting into the habit of ignoring the pedestrian crossing road markings. Those markings should be ingrained to generate a vehicle stop (perhaps wishful thinking) or at least extreme caution. 

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6 hours ago, KhunLA said:

Geez, it's even a crosswalk with illuminated signal ... W T F

 

Luckily the pedestrian bounced up, instead of getting run over.

He seemed to jump up just before being hit, properly saved that from happening.

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1 hour ago, realfunster said:

Whilst noting this crossing appears to have lights/signals and it would appear the driver simply wasn't looking

Probably looking for his next customer on his GRAB app.

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On Koh Chang there is not ONE pedestrian crossing Sign anywhere on the whole Island, most have faded white paint, and when wet, impossible to see., bad enough in broad daylight. 

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3 hours ago, twizzian said:

That little jump up just before impact probably saved his legs

 

I think more probably saved his life, not only his legs.  I hope the taxi driver gets booked for attempted manslaughter or some such serious charge.  The video is clear as day!

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That video is hard to watch for several reason. Other than the obvious - a human being hit by a car:

 

1.) It's just normal here. Thailand would be safer if pedestrian crossings were removed entirely. They give a false sense of safety.

2.) Nothing will change in my lifetime even though it's really not that difficult to make serious improvements.

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Bangkok taxi driver hits pedestrian at Asiatique

 

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A man was hit by a taxi as he was crossing a crosswalk legally in front of Asiatique The Riverfront in Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok. The incident was captured on video and shared on Thai social media, causing widespread shock and anger.

 

According to details released by the local police, the accident occurred around 1:36 PM on April 23. When the emergency services arrived, they found the taxi driver, a 58-year-old man named Patsathi, and the victim, a 44-year-old man named Thanat.

 

Patsathi told police that he was driving along Charoen Krung road and didn't stop at the crosswalk in front of Asiatique The Riverfront, which led to him hitting Thanat, causing him injuries.

 

There was a mass reaction from Thai social media users after the video was shared. The users questioned whether the Thai laws for road traffic violations, which they believed are not strict enough. This has perhaps led people to not follow traffic laws strictly. The same thought was expressed by The Pattaya News, who stated that those who break traffic laws are not adequately punished.

 

The victim, Thanat, was quickly taken to a nearby hospital for urgent medical care. Meanwhile, police have begun their investigation. They have collected evidence from CCTV footage to help with the legal case.

 

Patsathi confessed to his mistake and this was recorded for evidence in a daily diary. The police are now waiting for a body examination report from the doctors treating Thanat, who is reported to be in stable condition, to proceed with legal action against Patsathi. This medical report will be crucial in ensuring that the correct legal steps are taken.

 

Caption: Picture courtesy of Pattaya News

 

-- ASEAN NOW 2024-04-24

 

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As pedestrian safety is the responsibility of drivers and pedestrians, you must learn how to protect yourself from harm while walking on or near public roadways. Having the right-of-way at marked and unmarked pedestrian crossings does not mean you are safe. Irresponsible and distracted drivers may not always yield to pedestrians when they should. As a pedestrian, if you are involved in a collision with a car, right-of-way laws will not protect you from death or injury.

 

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You must observe the following safety rules when seeking to cross the street at a marked or unmarked pedestrian walkway.

  • Always wait for pedestrian traffic signals to display WALK or green before attempting to cross the road, where traffic signals are present.
  • Do not assume that a green traffic signal means you can cross the road safely. Look right and left to check that all vehicles have come to a stop, as not every driver will obey the rules.
  • Do not step out onto a pedestrian crosswalk to force a vehicle to stop. If the driver of that vehicle is unable or unwilling to stop, you could be injured or killed.
  • Remain on the curb until it is safe to cross. Vehicles traveling too close to the curb could strike you if you wait on the street itself.
  • Always yield to vehicles driving across the intersection when the pedestrian signal reads DON’T WALK or is red

https://www.epermittest.com/drivers-education/rules-pedestrians

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 Thai’s logic, roads are meant for vehicles .A zebra crossing is a westernized design on roads to inconvenience drivers.

 

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I've decided. There is a particularly dangerous pedestrian x-ing at the top of Phutthamonthon Sai 3 and Borom. Almost impossible to get across during the day going south. There's also a police station there. I'm going to start going into the police station and asking for an escort to get me across the road. Otherwise, impassable.

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Again, down to the police and their total lack of enforcement.  Repeating myself but anyone familiar with the crossing at Nana? The intersection between Sukhumvit Road and Soi's 3 & 4?

 

I was hit there a few years back, a foreign couple were killed there,  there is a 'green man' light and the traffic, mainly taxis, ignore it all day long, right in front of a manned police box. What really got to me was that in my case, the copper did actually come out of his box, not to assist me - he wanted to arrest me for dragging the taxi driver out of his car!! Not a word said to the taxi driver.

 

One could ask why there is a 'public outcry' about this incident when the same probably happens scores of times every day in Bangkok - its par for the course.

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32 minutes ago, MangoKorat said:

Again, down to the police and their total lack of enforcement.  Repeating myself but anyone familiar with the crossing at Nana? The intersection between Sukhumvit Road and Soi's 3 & 4?

 

I was hit there a few years back, a foreign couple were killed there,  there is a 'green man' light and the traffic, mainly taxis, ignore it all day long, right in front of a manned police box. What really got to me was that in my case, the copper did actually come out of his box, not to assist me - he wanted to arrest me for dragging the taxi driver out of his car!! Not a word said to the taxi driver.

 

One could ask why there is a 'public outcry' about this incident when the same probably happens scores of times every day in Bangkok - its par for the course.

 

Police and taxi drivers all belong to the same organized organization... 

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