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[WARNING] Video: The last moments of motorcyclist Khun Khwanchai, 41

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2 minutes ago, evadgib said:

Mine are independent and interchangeable, offering instant redundancy if either fail while out and about.

My cameras are independent but are coupled into the same control unit so I can change the cameras around and it still records everything onto a hard drive so it does not matter which camera you use it will still display both the GPS and the speed because it is not recorded on the actual camera, it is a separate control unit mounted under the dash and it has the GPS in it, not the camera's

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looks like the victim is doing the all too common manoeuvre locals do here where they ride on the wrong side of the road and then drift across the road into on coming traffic either because they are not paying attention or attempting to move to the correct side of the road. the behaviour of many people on the roads here is truly bizarre and extremely dangerous.

 

i have to cross a busy 3 lane one way 1 lane the opposite way road every day and every time as i patiently wait until it is safe to cross locals are riding up the wrong side of the road and/or drifting diagonally across the road in the face of oncoming traffic. madness.

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7 minutes ago, samsensam said:

 

looks like the victim is doing the all too common manoeuvre locals do here where they ride on the wrong side of the road and then drift across the road into on coming traffic either because they are not paying attention or attempting to move to the correct side of the road. the behaviour of many people on the roads here is truly bizarre and extremely dangerous.

 

i have to cross a busy 3 lane one way 1 lane the opposite way road every day and every time as i patiently wait until it is safe to cross locals are riding up the wrong side of the road and/or drifting diagonally across the road in the face of oncoming traffic. madness.

And most of the time they are not even looking at the traffic going in either direction, it is "I am going and that is all there is to it"

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13 hours ago, Daveyh said:

This motorcyclist is completly at fault trying to enter a main road on the wrong side & trying to filter over to the left when clear. He got it very wrong & paid for his mistake with his life. This maneuver is all to common here & seems to be the norm when entering the road from the opposite side against traffic flow .............. just another stupid suicidal action most cyclists do here each day. It's fact no one can drive here safely, hence it's the risk you take if you drive on the highway here. RIP.

 

But it is an action one can do safely, if you look carefully, and allow enough time and distance. For some reason, many Thai people do not think like that. And they take remarkable chances with their lives, an those of their family. Often, I look behind me, after someone has dangerously cut in front of me, and there is nobody back there. Which means that a rational mind, that belongs to someone with self respect, self love, and respect for other human beings, would look first, and then make a calculated decision to wait three more seconds, and enter the road safely, when there was no oncoming traffic. The rarely happens here. What is up with that? Why take such a chance, when two or there seconds is all it takes to do it safely? It boggles the mind. I am not a big risk taker, when it comes to driving. I value my life too much, and that of my friends or woman, if they are traveling with me. 

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23 hours ago, spidermike007 said:

As I previously stated:

Now for my scooter rant:

Many of us drive motorcycles or scooters here, and it is dangerous getting on the roads with some of these other drivers. 

Getting on a scooter, or a motorcycle anywhere in Thailand, much less Phuket, Phangan, Dark Tao, or Samui without a very good helmet, is like playing Russian Roulette with three or four bullets in the chamber. It is absolutely asking for problems. The degree of recklessness here is astounding. And many foreigners come here thinking "how much trouble could I get in on a little scooter, on a tropical island"? Well, the answer is alot. The amount of foreigners who are killed on the Southern islands is staggering. Most are not reported in the media. I had a friend who worked for Samui rescue for many years, and said the numbers were about 30-60 a month, on Samui, Phangan and Koh Tao. The official number is about 3 a month. Rider beware. Use as good a helmet as you can afford, and do not use these eggshells pieces of crap. They crack at the first impact, and what lies underneath them? Your skull, which is very delicate. 
 
Just ask yourself- do I have enough problems already, without a broken skull, or smashed head, or face injury, or lost eye? I have two friends who have been in motorbike accidents on Samui within the last two years. One still cannot walk, or talk or function on her own, from a motorbike accident, where she hit her head on the pavement going only 20 kph. The other one has lost alot of his mental capacity after hitting his head. He insisted for years he would never wear a helmet. Now, he seems 15 years older. 

 

I was told by a very reliable source. He did not have an agenda. He rescued alot of the survivors. He attended to alot of the ones who did not make it. The press here is highly censored. The report only what the so called leaders want them to report. Nothing else. Social media? Why would social media report these statistics? They report individual accidents, but not overall statistics. Anything you read about accidents on Samui in the media would be false. 

 

 

  • Road deaths are now calculated based on fatalities on-site. Victims dying later in hospital not counted.
  • In 2000 there was an average of 30 deaths a month on Koh Samui (official figures released each month).
  • Now it is stated that Koh Samui has 3-5 deaths each month (using the new way of reporting road deaths).
  • In the last ten years the population has almost doubled and there are now 5x more vehicles on Koh Samui.
  • Based on ‘official figures’ today it is possible to estimate that Koh Samui currently has 60 deaths per million per year. (Compared to 23 in London.) Based on the population and traffic density statistics from 10 years ago Koh Samui has in reality 720 deaths per million per year. This is probably the highest rate of road deaths in the world. Samui is a fatality death spot that nobody is willing to acknowledge!

So, why doesn't the government act, to make Thailand safer? Apathy, indifference, and a lack of concern for the safety of the common man (pleb). 

Little P.  - Moving Thailand backwards at a breath taking, alarming, and astonishing pace. Real men do what is necessary to save lives. Kids and highly underdeveloped people make promises, tell lies and engage in deflection.

I was in Phuket a couple of weeks ago and rented a motorcycle. I was very shocked by the idiocy displayed by bike/scooter riders.  But what was even more surprising/shocking to me was that 9 out of 10 of the idiots who were riding in a crazy fashion as if they were taking part in the Manx TT and coming out of junctions without looking, were the foreigners not the locals. I assume that most were tourists. I also saw quite a few in bandages and casts from what I assume were motorcycle accidents. Unbloodybelievable.  

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6 minutes ago, GarryP said:

I was in Phuket a couple of weeks ago and rented a motorcycle. I was very shocked by the idiocy displayed by bike/scooter riders.  But what was even more surprising/shocking to me was that 9 out of 10 of the idiots who were riding in a crazy fashion as if they were taking part in the Manx TT and coming out of junctions without looking, were the foreigners not the locals. I assume that most were tourists. I also saw quite a few in bandages and casts from what I assume were motorcycle accidents. Unbloodybelievable.  

 

Yes, it seems as if many foreigners come here, and they gradually have shrinking brain syndrome. All of the stuff they learned back home, just goes out the window, when they see the locals doing stupid stuff. Not me. I drive like a grandmother on my bike. Very conservative. I constantly remind myself that if I drive quickly, I will only get to my destination three minutes earlier. What difference does that make, in the face of serious injury, or death? Do I really want to die today? That is what anyone driving a motorbike in Thailand should ask themselves, before getting on the bike.

 

Let us keep things in perspective here. It is difficult enough staying safe, and avoiding a collision with the local maniacs here, while driving slowly and safely. Why take those kinds of chances?

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I've been in Phuket once a month for 6 months for work - you are right. I see groups of young tourists chasing and racing each other along the coast road. They have no discipline, no helmets, flip-flops and t-shirts on. It is no wonder so many are injured or worse. I've only spotted a couple of tourist riders who could obviously ride - and guess what - they were riding sensibly... Phuket is the only place where I am happy to see the BiB out in force stopping rented cars and bikes and looking for proper licenses. 

 

I read that renters of bikes need to validate a proper bike license before renting now - highly appropriate. It was a massive scam before. Hopefully there will be fewer rented bikes on the roads when I go back in April.

 

10 minutes ago, GarryP said:

I was in Phuket a couple of weeks ago and rented a motorcycle. I was very shocked by the idiocy displayed by bike/scooter riders.  But what was even more surprising/shocking to me was that 9 out of 10 of the idiots who were riding in a crazy fashion as if they were taking part in the Manx TT and coming out of junctions without looking, were the foreigners not the locals. I assume that most were tourists. I also saw quite a few in bandages and casts from what I assume were motorcycle accidents. Unbloodybelievable.  

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On 13/03/2018 at 9:14 PM, BigBadGeordie said:

No actually it shows him, driving on the wrong side of the road, moving into the main carrageway, against the flow of traffic and driving straight into an oncoming car.

There is a truck parked up the road, maybe he was not able to see the white car as he attempted to cross onto his side of the road?

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