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Pattaya to upgrade 6 U-turns after public outcry

Jack Burton



PHOTOS: The Pattaya News

6 U-turns in the greater Pattaya City area are being upgraded to prevent road accidents, after a recent spate of fatalities. Pattaya City’s mayor told The Pattaya News yesterday that the improvements are being carried out to make the U-turn areas wider and safer.

“6 U-turns on Sukhimwit Road are being fixed and constructed from Jittapawan Temple to the Makro store in South Pattaya, as there have been lots of accidents and deaths at these U-turns over the past several years. Many people have called these U-turns dangerous.”

“These 6 U-turns being improved are expected to be completed in 2 months. This is part of an overall Sukhumwit Road renovation project with an 80 million baht budget.”

2 weeks ago, 2 teenagers were killed at a notorious U-Turn near a Makro store, dubbed “the U-turn of death,” in an incident that caused many to ask for permanent change to the area. The same U-turn had previously been closed, but was later reopened.

Part of the plan for the improvements is clearer signage, clearly marked paint on the turns, multiple danger signs, widening of the overall turns for more visibility and the removal of trees and brush to ensure visibilty and viewpoints are not obscured.

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SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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    ken jones

    Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    Great. Now how can they get the monkey morons to stop taking 20km right and left turns ant crosswalks when its a red light?!

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      Pete Gee

      Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 8:50 am

      I’m sure you know what you’re talking about.

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    Gary Allan

    Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    The Makro U-Turn became dangerous when they moved it nearer to Makro. You now have to virtually go straight across from the U-Turn to the Makro entrance.
    Enforcing speed limits would be a major safety factor.
    Maybe installing speed cameras a few hundred metres before the U-Turn.

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    Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Teach the idiots to drive would be the first place to start.
    And I believe the last two fatalities where both 14 years old….enough said.

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    Jim Pearson

    Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Might be an idea to either build intersections, control the u-turns with traffic lights, or build underpasses or overpasses rather than just widening the u-turn bays.

    Most foreigners blame poor driving skills for accidents involving u-turns, I say the very u-turn itself is the culprit.

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    Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    There shouldnt be any u-turns they cause congestion traffic problems and vehicles to go the wrong direction. They are dangerous and cause the police to be idle.

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    Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    The main problem is not the U -turn alone mainproblem Motorcycle driver they dont lock the dont wait- driving on all line with different speed- changing line as they like ignore stopsign driving against draffic on opposite side- and ways expect the other motorist to take care them inluding pedestran- this for sure can’t work a d will cause a lot of daily accident and death. The only way this can help to educate and be strickt with motorcycle drivers. The other poblem if a car is involved with a motorcycle in an accident the cardriver is always the cprit

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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