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Two students, four teachers killed in bus accident in Prachinburi

Discussion in 'General News from Thailand' started by Ajarn P. Paul, 9 Mar 2017.

  1. Ajarn P. Paul

    Ajarn P. Paul Thread Starter มันเป็นวันที่น่าเศร้าในวันนี้ในประเทศไทย ...

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    Wangsuda Nonentity Staff Member

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    So what else is new? Yes, it's sad and yes, it's preventable. Unfortunately, the locals don't seem to care about that.
     
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  3. ttompatz

    ttompatz Just another teacher

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    It happened because vans are unsafe.
    Oh, wait. This was a bus. Perhaps buses are unsafe and we should all switch to vans?
    It can't be the driver's fault. He fled the scene. No, he just went for help and got lost.

    3.3 deaths per hour 24/7/365.25 on the roads of Thailand.
    Until they get serious about driver training, proper licensing, traffic laws, proper enforcement of those laws, and public education, NOTHING will change.

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  4. DavidUSA

    DavidUSA Well-Known Member

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    Poor licensing, poor policing, poor road maintenance, corrupt construction, sub-standard driver's education, booze galore, mediocre emergency services, and a devil-may-care attitude...

    It was so bad, I knew of so many students who died in Nakhon Phanom on the roads, that I avoided driving unless I had to, especially road trips, and it played a part in my decision to say adieu for a while. My wife's cousin, a young man who I used to see every few weeks or so, got killed in late 2016--motorbike crash. Even worse, there was a horrific accident in which five children were killed on their way to school, and after that, seeing the complete lack of corrective action from the Thais, I knew I was on another planet--what group of human beings does not protect its kids?

    It's not about karma or what you did in a previous life; it's about being drunk with no license and driving too fast.
     
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  5. Stamp

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    Here's the latest.

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    2,776 people killed in road accidents since 1 January 2017.
     
  6. ttompatz

    ttompatz Just another teacher

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    00:01 on Jan 1 to 23:59 on March 9 = 68 days = 1632 hours.
    2776 deaths in 1632 hours = 1.7 deaths per hour 24/7 assuming none of those approximately 200,000 on the injury list succumb to their injuries.

    Half what it was at the end of last year but still ridiculously high.

    36.2 deaths per 100,000 population. Double the global average of 17.4.
    3 times more than the US (10.6),
    6 times more than Canada (6.0),
    12 times more than the UK (2.9).*

    * WHO, ed. (2015). "WHO Report 2015: Data tables" (PDF) (official report). Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organisation (WHO).

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