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What is considered a major offence in the US is no big deal in Thailand

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Many good points in the OP's post.

 

Assuming one day things will catch up here, it would surely unleash new market ventures for radar detectors (legal in some states in the USA, not at all in the EU) !!

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11 hours ago, observer90210 said:

Many good points in the OP's post.

 

Assuming one day things will catch up here, it would surely unleash new market ventures for radar detectors (legal in some states in the USA, not at all in the EU) !!

Are you saying that radar detectors (speed detectors) are not legal in the EU?......then somebody should tell the police and the courts that.

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Note, "Judge" Jeanie was hit with "excessive" speeding.  Makes one wonder what the ticket would have read for just plain ol' vanilla speading.

 

"ALBANY — Fox News host and TV judge Jeanine Pirro is heading to court herself after being ticketed for excessive speeding Sunday in upstate New York."

 

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But it also works the other way round, sometimes to a ridiculous level, as in the case of the Thai woman who, in Thailand, got 15 years in jail for possession of 0.1gms of cocaine !

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2 hours ago, phantomfiddler said:

But it also works the other way round, sometimes to a ridiculous level, as in the case of the Thai woman who, in Thailand, got 15 years in jail for possession of 0.1gms of cocaine !

Or 35 years for some Facebook comments ! (actually it was 70 years, but reduced in half due to admitting guilt) 

 

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14 hours ago, observer90210 said:

Assuming one day things will catch up here, it would surely unleash new market ventures for radar detectors (legal in some states in the USA, not at all in the EU) !!

Having a radar detector here in Thailand but I'm not using it. Only had 1 speeding ticket on the road from BKK to Hua Hin in 2013. Traveling 136 km/h as 90 km/h was allowed. Only paid 400 THB.

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the police are respected even by the most prominent in society. 

 

Really?  I've heard of plenty of "do you know who I am???" stories, and probably also cops getting a hard time after not caring who the person is and issuing the ticket anyway.  (And the people who aren't anybody give the "I pay your salary!" line.)

 

 

4 hours ago, Langsuan Man said:

But radar has become old hat in the US these days, the police now use laser detectors that only need a fraction of a second to track your speed, so by the time you detect it, it's too late if you are speeding 

Plus also more pin-pointed with the laser beam... no more hoping that the radar picks up a larger vehicle near you instead...

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IMHO speeding fines in most Western countries are so severe it's almost mandatory to have cruise control on a vehicle. It's quite noticeable new vehicles for the most part don't have cruise control in Thailand.

There are three factors in road accidents in Australia. Speed, alcohol and fatigue. In Thailand, one could add in yaa baa and driver training.

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Driving a few times through Bangkok ect on the motorway going to Koh Chang,doing the limit 120kph,Mercedes and Bmw's and other expensive cars fly past at insane speeds often cutting in between lanes,but i have never seen the Police stop an expensive imported car like this ,why?  Because they know who ever is driving will be rich and well connected,and they could end up in deep do-do if they stop them,similar to out in the sticks when you see some of the wrecks getting around no lights,dents all over,bald tires,no tax,ins,licence,not worth stopping as they are at the other end of the spectrum,to poor,to pay  much so not worth the time and effort. i have only got stopped for a misdemeanour once,overtaking a truck on an empty road on a double yellow line,and i saw the only Cop i saw the whole day,it was a good spot,but 200baht in his pocket,i was away,much preferable to what would have happened in Aussie or Uk.

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