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BANGKOK 19 October 2018 22:07
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Video: Yet again! Driver repeatedly fails to pull over for ambulance as heart patient rushed to Chumpon hospital

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A glimmer of light on this subject. Yesterday I left Don Muang, just as a heavy storm was easing to drive back to Saraburi province. The traffic was heavy, slow moving and dense on Highway One and despite the gloom very few vehicles had their lights on. Therefore it was quite easy to see, in the mirrors, that 100 metres plus behind me was an ambulance trying to make headway in the outside lane.

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A glimmer of light on this subject. Yesterday I left Don Muang, just as a heavy storm was easing to drive back to Saraburi province. The traffic was heavy, slow moving and dense on Highway One and despite the gloom very few vehicles had their lights on. Therefore it was quite easy to see, in the mirrors, that 100 metres plus behind me was an ambulance trying to make headway in the outside lane.

 

When the ambulance was just behind the vehicle following me I pulled over into lane two and the vehicle behind me followed suit -so maybe the message is seeping through.

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Make the driver of the car sit shackled to a chair in a central downtown square whilst strangers wipe their dust laden smelly feet on his or her head for a day. 

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On 5/14/2018 at 12:26 PM, colinneil said:

Situations like this will continue to happen on a daily basis as 99% of drivers here are too damn selfish,me,me, me.

The only way to change it is, confiscate the vehicle of any driver blocking an ambulance.

Stop this bloody nonsense of 500 baht fines, take the vehicle and crush it, others will soon start thinking about how to behave on the roads.

Agree with your sentiments but the the simple facts are motor vehicles have changed over the years. A big selling point i road noise i.e they are quiet and exclude extraneous noise. Add a good sound system and air conditioning.....people are driving in a cocoon. This has been recognize by emergency responders the world over. I was taught to check the rear visoin  mirror every 7 seconds as part of my training. 

 

Not making excuses.......the EM need to be LOUDER.

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On 5/14/2018 at 7:56 PM, Spock said:

In Australia, 99.9% of drivers pull to the side for an ambulance. Even someone driving a stolen car would most likely give way to an ambulance. It speaks volumes for Thai drivers that so many just don't seem to care about others less fortunate than themselves.

In Australia if you see flashing lights you pull over as it is an emergency. In Thailand flashing lights don't constitute an emergency. Flashing lights AND a siren means an emergency........very confusing. You see patient transport "Ambulances" frequently with flashing lights but no emergency situation, I can understand how people get desensitized even the expat city dwellers who get outraged at anything it would seem.

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On 5/15/2018 at 1:00 AM, colinneil said:

You sir are unbelievable, never seen a more ridiculous comment.

Blues an twos, you know flashing lights and siren.

Blues and twos????     What does that mean??

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21 minutes ago, tryasimight said:

Blues and twos????     What does that mean??

I  already answered that in the second line of my comment,  Doh !!

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The real and only answer is to crush the car that deliberately holds up the ambulance every time no matter who it is,  do it the same day.  No appeals.  Photos in every paper on every channel of Thai TV.  Show the idiots you mean business.  Do it.

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