Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: Samak Luedwonghad, 45, has been trying to make Thailand’s roads safer for 23 years, and is currently the Phuket Highways Office Director. Before he moved to Phuket in February, he had worked for the Department of Rural Roads’ Bureau of Bridge Construction for 10 years, and then for more than five years as the head project engineer of the Bridge Construction and Maintenance Center in Phichit province.

Here, in his own words [translated into English], and with a focus on the notorious Ko En Curve, he pleads for Phuket motorists to slow down, which will save lives – even if road users must continue to suffer the absence of police law enforcement, which is seen by most as the primary cause of the current mayhem here.

"I simply want motorists in Phuket to stop speeding. By slowing down and obeying traffic laws many unnecessary accidents will be avoided, and lives saved.

"The need to slow down is especially necessary at the Kor En curve in Thalang. There was a serious accident there last year that killed a four-year-old boy [Anupong Sae-Yu] and his aunt [Malai Kaewkluan].

"In the wake of the tragic accident, we have installed a range of road-safety measures at that curve. Those safety measures have helped to reduce the accident rate on that particular stretch of road; probably by about 40 per cent.

"However, local residents want the number of accidents on the curve down to zero. So we are trying everything we possibley can to minimize them.

"One measure we took was installing plastic traffic poles to separate the lanes as motorists rounded the bend, which helped encourage motorists to slow down while passing through.

"We also spent about one million baht on resurfacing a 400-meter southbound section of the road with a high-grade surface that reduces the centrifugal force of the moving vehicles and increases tyre adhesion to the road.

"We have seen that using this “high-stick” road surface has been very successful in reducing the number of accidents at some very dangerous curves in Phang Nga as well. We will do the same to the northbound lane at the Kor En curve next year.

"We have also installed a series of speed bumps – at one kilometer, 500 meters, 300 and 200 meters before the curve – costing more than 100,000 baht.

"However, these are all only temporary measures. We have held several discussions with Phuket Vice Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada and related officers, including the local village headman, about what needs to be done to make this curve safer. We will meet again to assess how effective these temporary measures have been, and to decide whether or not any further action needs to be taken.

"The Department of Highways’ Bureau of Highway Safety has collected information and observed traffic passing through the curve so it can come up with a permanent plan to improve road safety at that location.

"We have presented our information on the effects of the temporary safety measures to those who will draw up the permanent safety plan. We are now waiting for their response.

"One of the long-term solutions we initially thought we would be able to pursue was acquiring the land adjacent to the curve so we could reduce the sharpness of the bend. However, we now know that we will not be able to do this, so we are doing our best to curb the number of accidents at the curve with the limited solutions at our disposal.

"One idea that arose from our discussions with Vice Governor Chamroen was to erect an illuminated sign above the road so motorists would get into the correct lanes before starting to take the curve. This way, trucks with trailers, cars and motorbikes would all be in the correct lanes before rounding the curve.

"However, installing such a sign is not a cheap solution. It would probably cost more than five million baht. We will have to wait for the 2014 fiscal year before we can get the budget to move that project forward. We still need to present the project report and the budget request to the Department of Highways head office in Bangkok first."
– Atchaa Khamlo

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First, the road surface does NOT reduce Centrifugal Force, in physics, the tendency of an object following a curved path to fly away from the center of curvature. Reducing speed reduces centrifugal force. Secondly, do not waste money on signs. They, like speed signs, will be/are totally ignored. Very simple to fix these proplems. Get the police to do their duty. Oooops, did I say "Very simple?"

Posted by Laurie Howells December 16, 2012 11:39:22AM

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"Absence of police law enforcement" says it all. One radargun and 3 citation writers will produce that 5 million baht in less then a month with a reasonable first time fine of only 10,000 baht; second time 100,000 baht; and third time 1,000,000 baht.

Posted by Michael Maurice Arvin December 16, 2012 11:47:11AM

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Obeying traffic laws? Are there any? Is there an official document, which all drivers have to comply with? If so can the Gazette please publish or explain where it is available; is it multilingual?

Joining the Thai Police must be one of the best professions in Thailand! So why do they not have enough Police to enforce the Laws of the Land?

Posted by Bjay December 16, 2012 12:01:53PM

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People drive dangerously here for one reason. There isn't any reason not to. We drive sanely in the West because if you don't, you'll get pulled over and have to pay a heavy fine.

Here? I've never seen anyone pulled over. The cops don't have the training or the inclination to do anything. The police roadside stops do nothing to improve road safety.

There is no reason to drive sanely in Thailand. So, it's chaos.

Posted by Pinot December 16, 2012 01:04:30PM

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Try doing this. Buy some radar guns built and calibrated to international standards. Have some "Traffic Police" man a "Speed Trap" and point the radar gun at the oncoming traffic. Issue stiff speeding citations to drivers exceeding the posted speed limit and set the fines at 3,000 baht for exceeding the speed limit by 10KPH.

Just talking about this problem or installing a speed bump wont work, but stiff fines will!

Posted by Mark December 16, 2012 03:09:01PM

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Its very easy to make car drivers slow down, a very simple method called "make the police do their job". Very simple.You just need highway police to stop speeding drivers and fine them or do what is done in the western world like 3 points on there license and if have 12 points banned for 1 year ? but for this to work you would need to stop police corruption like maybe a complete new police force ?

Posted by James December 16, 2012 04:02:30PM

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First, the road surface does NOT reduce Centrifugal Force, in physics, the tendency of an object following a curved path to fly away from the center of curvature. Reducing speed reduces centrifugal force. Secondly, do not waste money on signs. They, like speed signs, will be/are totally ignored. Very simple to fix these proplems. Get the police to do their duty. Oooops, did I say "Very simple?"

Posted by Laurie Howells

I think Mr Samak will be deeply indebted to you when he reads your comment. Indeed, you are very kind to give him the solution to the safety problem. And he has been very kind to build some of Thailand's best roads and bridges. If you look carefully, Lurie, you might notice that Thailand has some of the best roads in the world. But the problem is not the roads; it's the drivers. Unfortunately, however, your advice to "Get the police to do their duty" is rather more glib than useful. Surely you would know that if you lived here, which I suspect you don't.

Posted by Phuket Driver December 16, 2012 04:47:25PM

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First, the road surface does NOT reduce Centrifugal Force, in physics, the tendency of an object following a curved path to fly away from the center of curvature. Reducing speed reduces centrifugal force. Secondly, do not waste money on signs. They, like speed signs, will be/are totally ignored. Very simple to fix these proplems. Get the police to do their duty. Oooops, did I say "Very simple?"

Posted by Laurie Howells

I think Mr Samak will be deeply indebted to you when he reads your comment. Indeed, you are very kind to give him the solution to the safety problem. And he has been very kind to build some of Thailand's best roads and bridges. If you look carefully, Lurie, you might notice that Thailand has some of the best roads in the world. But the problem is not the roads; it's the drivers. Unfortunately, however, your advice to "Get the police to do their duty" is rather more glib than useful. Surely you would know that if you lived here, which I suspect you don't.

Posted by Phuket Driver

Firstly, Phuket Driver, "look carefully" and you will see there is an "a" in my name, secondly, show me the "proof" that Khun Samak Luedwonghad has built some of the "best" roads and bridges, in Thailand.

Lastly, I don't know where you come from, but your roads must by dirt tracks, in order for you to say that Thailand has some of the "best" roads, in the world.

Oh, I do live here, may be you don't or you are blind.

Posted by Laurie Howells December 16, 2012 05:04:34PM

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Like many others here, I am fed up with tail gating mini vans and taxis who are ignorant and want to get 100 yardss further down the road, at any cost! The police seem to do nothing, get them out amongst these idiots, and slowing them down will save hundreds of lives.

Posted by Fed up December 16, 2012 06:53:20PM

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Its very easy to make car drivers slow down, a very simple method called "make the police do their job". Very simple.You just need highway police to stop speeding drivers and fine them or do what is done in the western world like 3 points on there license and if have 12 points banned for 1 year ? but for this to work you would need to stop police corruption like maybe a complete new police force ?

Posted by James

Seems like a reasonable thing to do but, many road users don't have licenses. You could try imposing hefty fines like B3,00 but, many locals just don't have that kind of money.

There is no reliable and safe public transportation service here. They have to use their motorbikes regardless of whether they're banned or not.

What are the authorities going to do? Put them in prison for non-payment . . .?

Posted by Dr Watson December 17, 2012 11:02:10AM

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Its very easy to make car drivers slow down, a very simple method called "make the police do their job". Very simple.You just need highway police to stop speeding drivers and fine them or do what is done in the western world like 3 points on there license and if have 12 points banned for 1 year ? but for this to work you would need to stop police corruption like maybe a complete new police force ?

Posted by James

Seems like a reasonable thing to do but, many road users don't have licenses. You could try imposing hefty fines like B3,00 but, many locals just don't have that kind of money.

There is no reliable and safe public transportation service here. They have to use their motorbikes regardless of whether they're banned or not.

What are the authorities going to do? Put them in prison for non-payment . . .?

Posted by Dr Watson

No money, well, they seem to fine [sic] enough to put fuel in their vehicles, and you can make them do "community" service.

Posted by Laurie Howells December 17, 2012 01:17:21PM

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First, the road surface does NOT reduce Centrifugal Force, in physics, the tendency of an object following a curved path to fly away from the center of curvature. Reducing speed reduces centrifugal force. Secondly, do not waste money on signs. They, like speed signs, will be/are totally ignored. Very simple to fix these proplems. Get the police to do their duty. Oooops, did I say "Very simple?"

Posted by Laurie Howells

I think Mr Samak will be deeply indebted to you when he reads your comment. Indeed, you are very kind to give him the solution to the safety problem. And he has been very kind to build some of Thailand's best roads and bridges. If you look carefully, Lurie, you might notice that Thailand has some of the best roads in the world. But the problem is not the roads; it's the drivers. Unfortunately, however, your advice to "Get the police to do their duty" is rather more glib than useful. Surely you would know that if you lived here, which I suspect you don't.

Posted by Phuket Driver

Firstly, Phuket Driver, "look carefully" and you will see there is an "a" in my name, secondly, show me the "proof" that Khun Samak Luedwonghad has built some of the "best" roads and bridges, in Thailand.

Lastly, I don't know where you come from, but your roads must by dirt tracks, in order for you to say that Thailand has some of the "best" roads, in the world.

Oh, I do live here, may be you don't or you are blind.

Posted by Laurie Howells

I would have to agree with Phuket Driver that Thailand has some truly excellent roads and bridges, excellent not only for a developing country but also in absolute terms. It's one of the great benefits of corruption. Things get done here! I also agree with Phuket Driver that the enemy of road safety in Thailand is the drivers themselves – not the roads. Roads themselves do not – in fact, CANNOT – kill. So your simple, by which I'm assuming you mean simplistic (that's a different word with a different meaning) solution alone won't work. It's obtuse. People have to actually WANT to slow down and not kill themselves or others. In my country, Finland, we call it self-preservation.

Posted by Finn Yarr December 17, 2012 02:31:37PM

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First, the road surface does NOT reduce Centrifugal Force, in physics, the tendency of an object following a curved path to fly away from the center of curvature. Reducing speed reduces centrifugal force. Secondly, do not waste money on signs. They, like speed signs, will be/are totally ignored. Very simple to fix these proplems. Get the police to do their duty. Oooops, did I say "Very simple?"

Posted by Laurie Howells

I think Mr Samak will be deeply indebted to you when he reads your comment. Indeed, you are very kind to give him the solution to the safety problem. And he has been very kind to build some of Thailand's best roads and bridges. If you look carefully, Lurie, you might notice that Thailand has some of the best roads in the world. But the problem is not the roads; it's the drivers. Unfortunately, however, your advice to "Get the police to do their duty" is rather more glib than useful. Surely you would know that if you lived here, which I suspect you don't.

Posted by Phuket Driver

Firstly, Phuket Driver, "look carefully" and you will see there is an "a" in my name, secondly, show me the "proof" that Khun Samak Luedwonghad has built some of the "best" roads and bridges, in Thailand.

Lastly, I don't know where you come from, but your roads must by dirt tracks, in order for you to say that Thailand has some of the "best" roads, in the world.

Oh, I do live here, may be you don't or you are blind.

Posted by Laurie Howells

I would have to agree with Phuket Driver that Thailand has some truly excellent roads and bridges, excellent not only for a developing country but also in absolute terms. It's one of the great benefits of corruption. Things get done here! I also agree with Phuket Driver that the enemy of road safety in Thailand is the drivers themselves – not the roads. Roads themselves do not – in fact, CANNOT – kill. So your simple, by which I'm assuming you mean simplistic (that's a different word with a different meaning) solution alone won't work. It's obtuse. People have to actually WANT to slow down and not kill themselves or others. In my country, Finland, we call it self-preservation.

Posted by Finn Yarr

Finn, do you really believe what you have said? If you do, then I feel very sorry for you, not only were you bought up in the back blocks of Finland, i.e. only raindeer [sic] tracks and no made roads, but you are obviously blind in saying the roads and bridges here are "truly excellent." [sic]. As for my "simple" solution, I didn't give one, so please, stop making up stories. In Finland it is good driver knowledge and trainiing [sic].

Posted by Laurie Howells December 17, 2012 02:57:19PM

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Can anyone tell me where, exactly, is the Ko En Curve in Thalang? I only moved to Phuket a few months ago. I tried searching it online and could not find where it is located. Thank you.

Posted by Sara December 17, 2012 03:51:36PM

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I read with interest the comments about the simple fix – it isn't – there are many very good police in this country. My cousin and his wife are both police, and their life is not all luxury and bribes. They are (maybe some of the few) honest police, and they live in police provided accommodation, which is basic at best. It's not pleasant working in uniform all day when its 35 degrees in the shade, bet you aren't!

Posted by Greer December 20, 2012 11:37:49AM

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First, the road surface does NOT reduce Centrifugal Force, in physics, the tendency of an object following a curved path to fly away from the center of curvature. Reducing speed reduces centrifugal force. Secondly, do not waste money on signs. They, like speed signs, will be/are totally ignored. Very simple to fix these proplems. Get the police to do their duty. Oooops, did I say "Very simple?"

Posted by Laurie Howells

I think Mr Samak will be deeply indebted to you when he reads your comment. Indeed, you are very kind to give him the solution to the safety problem. And he has been very kind to build some of Thailand's best roads and bridges. If you look carefully, Lurie, you might notice that Thailand has some of the best roads in the world. But the problem is not the roads; it's the drivers. Unfortunately, however, your advice to "Get the police to do their duty" is rather more glib than useful. Surely you would know that if you lived here, which I suspect you don't.

Posted by Phuket Driver

I also have to say that I do think the roads here are generally very good – maybe not in Phuket, as I dont go there, but in over 20 years living in Bangkok, and travelling around the country, I think the road system is actually very good. Try the Philippines as an alternative – Thailand is way better, and in general the city drivers I see here are, for the most part, not as bad as drivers in many other parts of Asia.

Posted by Greer December 20, 2012 11:56:51AM

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First, the road surface does NOT reduce Centrifugal Force, in physics, the tendency of an object following a curved path to fly away from the center of curvature. Reducing speed reduces centrifugal force. Secondly, do not waste money on signs. They, like speed signs, will be/are totally ignored. Very simple to fix these proplems. Get the police to do their duty. Oooops, did I say "Very simple?"

Posted by Laurie Howells

I think Mr Samak will be deeply indebted to you when he reads your comment. Indeed, you are very kind to give him the solution to the safety problem. And he has been very kind to build some of Thailand's best roads and bridges. If you look carefully, Lurie, you might notice that Thailand has some of the best roads in the world. But the problem is not the roads; it's the drivers. Unfortunately, however, your advice to "Get the police to do their duty" is rather more glib than useful. Surely you would know that if you lived here, which I suspect you don't.

Posted by Phuket Driver

I also have to say that I do think the roads here are generally very good – maybe not in Phuket, as I dont go there, but in over 20 years living in Bangkok, and travelling around the country, I think the road system is actually very good. Try the Philippines as an alternative – Thailand is way better, and in general the city drivers I see here are, for the most part, not as bad as drivers in many other parts of Asia.

Posted by Greer December 20, 2012 11:56:51AM

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I read with interest the comments about the simple fix – it isn't – there are many very good police in this country. My cousin and his wife are both police, and their life is not all luxury and bribes. They are (maybe some of the few) honest police, and they live in police provided accommodation, which is basic at best. It's not pleasant working in uniform all day when its 35 degrees in the shade, bet you aren't!

Posted by Greer December 20, 2012 11:37:49AM

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Can anyone tell me where, exactly, is the Ko En Curve in Thalang? I only moved to Phuket a few months ago. I tried searching it online and could not find where it is located. Thank you.

Posted by Sara December 17, 2012 03:51:36PM

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First, the road surface does NOT reduce Centrifugal Force, in physics, the tendency of an object following a curved path to fly away from the center of curvature. Reducing speed reduces centrifugal force. Secondly, do not waste money on signs. They, like speed signs, will be/are totally ignored. Very simple to fix these proplems. Get the police to do their duty. Oooops, did I say "Very simple?"

Posted by Laurie Howells

I think Mr Samak will be deeply indebted to you when he reads your comment. Indeed, you are very kind to give him the solution to the safety problem. And he has been very kind to build some of Thailand's best roads and bridges. If you look carefully, Lurie, you might notice that Thailand has some of the best roads in the world. But the problem is not the roads; it's the drivers. Unfortunately, however, your advice to "Get the police to do their duty" is rather more glib than useful. Surely you would know that if you lived here, which I suspect you don't.

Posted by Phuket Driver

Firstly, Phuket Driver, "look carefully" and you will see there is an "a" in my name, secondly, show me the "proof" that Khun Samak Luedwonghad has built some of the "best" roads and bridges, in Thailand.

Lastly, I don't know where you come from, but your roads must by dirt tracks, in order for you to say that Thailand has some of the "best" roads, in the world.

Oh, I do live here, may be you don't or you are blind.

Posted by Laurie Howells

I would have to agree with Phuket Driver that Thailand has some truly excellent roads and bridges, excellent not only for a developing country but also in absolute terms. It's one of the great benefits of corruption. Things get done here! I also agree with Phuket Driver that the enemy of road safety in Thailand is the drivers themselves – not the roads. Roads themselves do not – in fact, CANNOT – kill. So your simple, by which I'm assuming you mean simplistic (that's a different word with a different meaning) solution alone won't work. It's obtuse. People have to actually WANT to slow down and not kill themselves or others. In my country, Finland, we call it self-preservation.

Posted by Finn Yarr

Finn, do you really believe what you have said? If you do, then I feel very sorry for you, not only were you bought up in the back blocks of Finland, i.e. only raindeer [sic] tracks and no made roads, but you are obviously blind in saying the roads and bridges here are "truly excellent." [sic]. As for my "simple" solution, I didn't give one, so please, stop making up stories. In Finland it is good driver knowledge and trainiing [sic].

Posted by Laurie Howells December 17, 2012 02:57:19PM

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First, the road surface does NOT reduce Centrifugal Force, in physics, the tendency of an object following a curved path to fly away from the center of curvature. Reducing speed reduces centrifugal force. Secondly, do not waste money on signs. They, like speed signs, will be/are totally ignored. Very simple to fix these proplems. Get the police to do their duty. Oooops, did I say "Very simple?"

Posted by Laurie Howells

I think Mr Samak will be deeply indebted to you when he reads your comment. Indeed, you are very kind to give him the solution to the safety problem. And he has been very kind to build some of Thailand's best roads and bridges. If you look carefully, Lurie, you might notice that Thailand has some of the best roads in the world. But the problem is not the roads; it's the drivers. Unfortunately, however, your advice to "Get the police to do their duty" is rather more glib than useful. Surely you would know that if you lived here, which I suspect you don't.

Posted by Phuket Driver

Firstly, Phuket Driver, "look carefully" and you will see there is an "a" in my name, secondly, show me the "proof" that Khun Samak Luedwonghad has built some of the "best" roads and bridges, in Thailand.

Lastly, I don't know where you come from, but your roads must by dirt tracks, in order for you to say that Thailand has some of the "best" roads, in the world.

Oh, I do live here, may be you don't or you are blind.

Posted by Laurie Howells

I would have to agree with Phuket Driver that Thailand has some truly excellent roads and bridges, excellent not only for a developing country but also in absolute terms. It's one of the great benefits of corruption. Things get done here! I also agree with Phuket Driver that the enemy of road safety in Thailand is the drivers themselves – not the roads. Roads themselves do not – in fact, CANNOT – kill. So your simple, by which I'm assuming you mean simplistic (that's a different word with a different meaning) solution alone won't work. It's obtuse. People have to actually WANT to slow down and not kill themselves or others. In my country, Finland, we call it self-preservation.

Posted by Finn Yarr December 17, 2012 02:31:37PM

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Its very easy to make car drivers slow down, a very simple method called "make the police do their job". Very simple.You just need highway police to stop speeding drivers and fine them or do what is done in the western world like 3 points on there license and if have 12 points banned for 1 year ? but for this to work you would need to stop police corruption like maybe a complete new police force ?

Posted by James

Seems like a reasonable thing to do but, many road users don't have licenses. You could try imposing hefty fines like B3,00 but, many locals just don't have that kind of money.

There is no reliable and safe public transportation service here. They have to use their motorbikes regardless of whether they're banned or not.

What are the authorities going to do? Put them in prison for non-payment . . .?

Posted by Dr Watson

No money, well, they seem to fine [sic] enough to put fuel in their vehicles, and you can make them do "community" service.

Posted by Laurie Howells December 17, 2012 01:17:21PM

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Its very easy to make car drivers slow down, a very simple method called "make the police do their job". Very simple.You just need highway police to stop speeding drivers and fine them or do what is done in the western world like 3 points on there license and if have 12 points banned for 1 year ? but for this to work you would need to stop police corruption like maybe a complete new police force ?

Posted by James

Seems like a reasonable thing to do but, many road users don't have licenses. You could try imposing hefty fines like B3,00 but, many locals just don't have that kind of money.

There is no reliable and safe public transportation service here. They have to use their motorbikes regardless of whether they're banned or not.

What are the authorities going to do? Put them in prison for non-payment . . .?

Posted by Dr Watson December 17, 2012 11:02:10AM

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Like many others here, I am fed up with tail gating mini vans and taxis who are ignorant and want to get 100 yardss further down the road, at any cost! The police seem to do nothing, get them out amongst these idiots, and slowing them down will save hundreds of lives.

Posted by Fed up December 16, 2012 06:53:20PM

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First, the road surface does NOT reduce Centrifugal Force, in physics, the tendency of an object following a curved path to fly away from the center of curvature. Reducing speed reduces centrifugal force. Secondly, do not waste money on signs. They, like speed signs, will be/are totally ignored. Very simple to fix these proplems. Get the police to do their duty. Oooops, did I say "Very simple?"

Posted by Laurie Howells

I think Mr Samak will be deeply indebted to you when he reads your comment. Indeed, you are very kind to give him the solution to the safety problem. And he has been very kind to build some of Thailand's best roads and bridges. If you look carefully, Lurie, you might notice that Thailand has some of the best roads in the world. But the problem is not the roads; it's the drivers. Unfortunately, however, your advice to "Get the police to do their duty" is rather more glib than useful. Surely you would know that if you lived here, which I suspect you don't.

Posted by Phuket Driver

Firstly, Phuket Driver, "look carefully" and you will see there is an "a" in my name, secondly, show me the "proof" that Khun Samak Luedwonghad has built some of the "best" roads and bridges, in Thailand.

Lastly, I don't know where you come from, but your roads must by dirt tracks, in order for you to say that Thailand has some of the "best" roads, in the world.

Oh, I do live here, may be you don't or you are blind.

Posted by Laurie Howells December 16, 2012 05:04:34PM

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First, the road surface does NOT reduce Centrifugal Force, in physics, the tendency of an object following a curved path to fly away from the center of curvature. Reducing speed reduces centrifugal force. Secondly, do not waste money on signs. They, like speed signs, will be/are totally ignored. Very simple to fix these proplems. Get the police to do their duty. Oooops, did I say "Very simple?"

Posted by Laurie Howells

I think Mr Samak will be deeply indebted to you when he reads your comment. Indeed, you are very kind to give him the solution to the safety problem. And he has been very kind to build some of Thailand's best roads and bridges. If you look carefully, Lurie, you might notice that Thailand has some of the best roads in the world. But the problem is not the roads; it's the drivers. Unfortunately, however, your advice to "Get the police to do their duty" is rather more glib than useful. Surely you would know that if you lived here, which I suspect you don't.

Posted by Phuket Driver December 16, 2012 04:47:25PM

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Its very easy to make car drivers slow down, a very simple method called "make the police do their job". Very simple.You just need highway police to stop speeding drivers and fine them or do what is done in the western world like 3 points on there license and if have 12 points banned for 1 year ? but for this to work you would need to stop police corruption like maybe a complete new police force ?

Posted by James December 16, 2012 04:02:30PM

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Try doing this. Buy some radar guns built and calibrated to international standards. Have some "Traffic Police" man a "Speed Trap" and point the radar gun at the oncoming traffic. Issue stiff speeding citations to drivers exceeding the posted speed limit and set the fines at 3,000 baht for exceeding the speed limit by 10KPH.

Just talking about this problem or installing a speed bump wont work, but stiff fines will!

Posted by Mark December 16, 2012 03:09:01PM

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People drive dangerously here for one reason. There isn't any reason not to. We drive sanely in the West because if you don't, you'll get pulled over and have to pay a heavy fine.

Here? I've never seen anyone pulled over. The cops don't have the training or the inclination to do anything. The police roadside stops do nothing to improve road safety.

There is no reason to drive sanely in Thailand. So, it's chaos.

Posted by Pinot December 16, 2012 01:04:30PM

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Obeying traffic laws? Are there any? Is there an official document, which all drivers have to comply with? If so can the Gazette please publish or explain where it is available; is it multilingual?

Joining the Thai Police must be one of the best professions in Thailand! So why do they not have enough Police to enforce the Laws of the Land?

Posted by Bjay December 16, 2012 12:01:53PM

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"Absence of police law enforcement" says it all. One radargun and 3 citation writers will produce that 5 million baht in less then a month with a reasonable first time fine of only 10,000 baht; second time 100,000 baht; and third time 1,000,000 baht.

Posted by Michael Maurice Arvin December 16, 2012 11:47:11AM

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First, the road surface does NOT reduce Centrifugal Force, in physics, the tendency of an object following a curved path to fly away from the center of curvature. Reducing speed reduces centrifugal force. Secondly, do not waste money on signs. They, like speed signs, will be/are totally ignored. Very simple to fix these proplems. Get the police to do their duty. Oooops, did I say "Very simple?"

Posted by Laurie Howells December 16, 2012 11:39:22AM

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