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Driving in #Thailand – a list of facts, figures and fotos. Comments and your own examples welcomed.

18/01/2015

Matt.Owens.Rees; Thailand Writer

Driving in #Thailand

The Land of Smiles has the second highest recorded road fatality rate in the world measured at 38 deaths per 100,000 of the population. The Dominican Republic has 41.7 deaths per hundred thousand. Thailand’s figure may be significantly understated as it calculates road deaths as death at the scene and not later in hospital.

The only other countries with rates in the 30s are Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Oman, South Africa, and Venezuela. The comparative rate for the UK is 3.7; Australia, 6.1; France, 6.4; and the USA, 11.4

74% of fatalities are of motor-cyclists.

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Most Thai police officers are motorcyclists and not car owners. They mainly use their own bikes or those in the station’s confiscated pound. Particularly outside Bangkok, few are provided by the state. Not surprising then that officers will see the biker’s point of view rather than the motorists when there is an…

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