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  1. Road traffic injuries can be prevented. Governments need to take action to address road safety in a holisticmanner. This requires involvement from multiple sectors such as transport, police, health, education, and actions that address the safety of roads, vehicles, and road users. Effective interventions include designing safer infrastructure and incorporating road safety features into land-use and transport planning, improving the safety features of vehicles, improving post-crash care for victims of road crashes, setting and enforcing laws relating to key risks, and raising public awareness. What does road safety really entail? – a lot more than just “driving”. In fact the Safe System offers a guide of 5 “E”s of road safety For over 3 decades Thailand has had various “Road Safety Action Plans” and has espoused the virtues of the 5 “E”s (it has to be said with little effect) ............... but without them, Road Safety is doomed. 1. Education 2. Enforcement 3. Engineering 4. Emergency 5. Evaluation 1. Education This is fairly self-explanatory - people need to be told/shown how to drive and given the “tools” to share the road with other users - UK had several government TV campaigns in the 60s and 70s. Clever well thought out ads with a bit of humour that weren’t condescending and helped to establish the country as a safe place to drive. (Do you remember the elephant in the fog?). The first people to educate in Thailand would be the police. 2. Enforcement Again self-explanatory - but Thailand has the added problem of ingrained corruption, graft and briber which impedes this no matter how many laws are passed. The laws need to be reasonable applicable and equitably enforced too. 3. Engineering: - most critics of (Thai) road safety usually ignore this aspect of road safety. It falls into 2 categories …. A - Vehicle engineering - Safer car design and engineering: - car safety is both “passive” (seat belts, airbags and construction etc.) and “Active” (braking steering, handling, traction control etc.) these two are really interdependent now with so much computerised and hi-tech features on modern vehicles. • Anti-locking brakes • Traction control • Air-bags • Side impact bars • AVCSS • More reliable engine, tyres and components • Vehicle dynamics in general (vary from UK and Thailand) Of course roadworthiness checks are vital - but totally unenforced in Thailand. B - Road Engineering - The design and construction on the roads, bridges, junction, road surface, camber, drainage etc. • The use of barriers (e.g. Armco), the removal of roadside hazards - e.g. trees or boulders on the side and centre of roads. The clearing of billboards and vegetation that obscure drivers’ vision • Traffic - the use of lines, signs, bollards etc. etc. to dictate how and where the traffic flows and at what speed - virtually non-excitant in Thailand and seldom noticed by drivers in countries that make good use of it. • The use of barriers (e.g. Armco), the removal of trees from the side and centre of roads. The clearing of billboards and vegetation that obscure drivers’ vision. • Better infrastructure and engineering • Better road surfaces • Better signage • More forgiving • Traffic calming • Shared space - keeping various road users apart is key to safety in some situations - if they are separated they can’t collide. Like so many things on the roads in Thailand, the only reason that U-Turns happen is because the roads ALLOW it.... this is an engineering problem (and cost), not so much a driver problem. 4. Emergency - What happens in the event of injury... this is a major factor in who lives or dies. It has been well documented that the time between accident and getting treatment is crucial in the survival of RTI victims. Treatment on the scene and reducing the time it takes to get the patient to hospital is vital. Thailand still has NO EFECTIVE UNIVERSAL EMERGENCY SERVICE!! Ambulances have no standard equipment levels and what comes to your aid at an accident could be anything from a boy-racer pickup truck trough van to a partially equpement ambulance. Paramedics ae seldom fully trained. 5. Evaluation - How do we ascertain if measures are effective and what new ideas can be implemented. Most governments have agencies of some sort that after engaging any road scheme, whether it is construction or a safety campaign, review in detail every aspect of that project; effects on local population, environment, accident statistics etc. etc. Statistics are gathered and monitored and appropriate action taken. - Whereas Thailand may nominally have such bodies their effectiveness is just about zero. Road safety in Thailand is left largely to ill-thought out, baseless pronouncements made by members of the government with little better to do. Statistics collected in Thailand are incomplete, amateurish and don’t eve correlate with international conventions. sealioning again.
  2. I have described how it can be applied It is common knowledge, you are seasoning me.
  3. Ater 3 months in Thailand you need a Thai licence - IDP is no good - officially.
  4. Thai roads even new ones are badly designed, bad constructed and badly maintained. Unfortunately they also encourage high speed driving.
  5. Alcohol involvement is high - about 33 % to 45 % depending on which report you believe. Most countries get it down to round 25%. (USA about 28%).However the problem with alcohol is that it imparts your judgement and reaction time - obviously if you hit a rut or pothole you ability to react is impaired if you have been drinking. ... but the primary cause could still be the surface of the road. The issue here with road safety is that if you have an incident on Thai roads the chances are it will have more serious repercussions than in many other countries.
  6. agin you are just rattling in a barrel - citing these examples does not indicate you understand whites going on. It is a health and safety problem and the government needs to adopt it - It's the Safe System and it needs to be take on completely not just piece meal. everyone can give examples of "driving" in Thailand but unless the root problems are tackled nothing will happen It makes me very sad to see that the vast majority of foreigners have absolutely no concept of what the problem is preferring to make racist comments about Thai drivers and implying that they themselves are so superior.
  7. I'm sorry but if you don't know how to find the info how can you comment?
  8. You are ill-informed as to the lasting effectivem=ness of driver training. You also don't appreciate that there needs to be a HOLISTIC approach to road safety. Picking out random single issues is just blowing off into the wind.
  9. ThaiRAP - is NOT the Thai government - it is a road safety body that lobby's authorities on behalf of road safety. There are several organisations that have tried to influence the government into taking a modern scientific approach to road safety. Successive governments have chosen to ignore them - in a reckless lamest murderous disregard for human life.
  10. This is very true - unfortunately the standard of road design and engineering in Thailand is very poor. Heavy vehicles and rain can cause considerable surface damage and it is often weeks or months before this is repaired - motorcycles are particularly vulnerable to the damages, in particular linear damage such as rutting etc.
  11. in any debate on motoring in Thailand people cite personal anecdote and single items as solutions "Driving test" Police enforcement" Drunk driving etc. the truth is NONE of this works unless it is part of a holistic policy that is "safe System". Countries that have embraced this have death tolls under one tenth of that it Thailand and are heading towards ZERO
  12. the scooter car was designed by Fitz Fend, the ME109 fighter was designed by Willy Messerschmitt. There was a 4 wheel version in countries where 3 wheels made no significant tax difference - it was allegedly capable of over 90 mph. To select reverse you just changed to engine timing so in theory it would go as fast backwards as it would forwards. after the war German companies were temporarily not allowed to make planes so the concentrated on designing cheap vehicles for countries with little fuel etc, VW - were ones by the British military after the war ho set up production of the Beetle. the company offered to William roots and I believe Lord Nuffield.....but apparently neither saw the car had much to offer. This is the kind of thinking that has dominated UK motor industry since the war. Again it happened with the fall of the Iron Curtain.
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