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Enforcing traffic safety laws

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Enforcing traffic safety laws

Dear Sir or Madame,

My friend and I went out the other night and on the way home at the junction near CMU, he quickly buckled up his seatbelt. It came to me as a surprise since I’ve known him for quite some time and he always refused, while I do it automatically. I asked him if I drive too fast; why this sudden change of attitude?

His answer really surprised me. He pointed out a policeman who did one of the usual motorbike checks and told me he does not want to cause me any problems, since he was stopped the other day at a red light and the police officer charged him 400 baht for not using his seatbelt.

Are they really starting to enforce the existing seatbelt law now or was it a matter of ‘I need money for the weekend’ of this particular policeman?

But my friend even received a receipt for his violation of law.

I want to use this opportunity not only to inform your readers about this, but also point out that it should become as automatic as checking your mirrors when you drive. Let’s hope that it was not only a ‘one time check’ but that the seatbelt law as well as the motorbike helmet law finally will be enforced.

Peter Van Dorp

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Roger Kuyrkendall

Laurel, Mississippi

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Dear Editor;

Why do people drive like crazy around here? I get the feeling that everybody driving a car or motorbike in Thailand is suicidal. The u-turns at the moat are especially dangerous. Every time I pass one there seems to be a tuk-tuk or motorbike taxi coming with a driver who has a neck problem. They don’t seem to be able to turn their heads to the left to check if there is traffic coming. More than once I have had ‘close encounters’ and the later at night, the more of them. Don’t these people have to go to driving school? Or is it just the usual 100 baht under the counter and everything’s taken care of? I wish the police would enforce traffic laws more sharply and check reckless drivers’ licenses like they are supposed to, instead of turning a blind eye to it, since I hope to survive my vacation in this beautiful country.

Simon Welch