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Sala at Mae Kha Canal destroyed

The ground after this area was destroyed to make way for dredging.

The sala on the Mae Kha Canal before it was torn down by the City.

The trees were cleared for the dredging as well.

Dear Editor,
The first photo is of the sala and the second photo is of the ground where the sala at Mae Kha Canal has been demolished so the city can send its big machine to dredge the canal of silt and remove floating weed and rubbish. I am opposed to this and the residents I spoke to are worried as they believe the trees will be destroyed again and they oppose that but I think they fear the government will try to expel them if they complain..
I spoke to Works department engineer K. Tawan told me he expected damage to trees from the big machine.
Signed,
Ricky Ward


Driver’s Education

Dear Editor,
I was driving down Huay Kaew Road the other day and saw a pickup truck that had the name of some driving school on it. I can’t recall the name right now but didn’t realize that there were driving schools in Chiang Mai. I wonder how expensive they are and how professional they are? I know how to drive but it seems that many others do not. So if the classes are not too expensive do people take them? If they do, are they actually learning how to drive?
I realize that traffic is more fluid here and that people do not follow the letter of the law as they do in my home country. I also realize that the traffic police rarely seem to enforce traffic laws as well, they only seem concerned with helmets and seatbelts but not people running red lights, driving down the wrong side of the road, or speeding like madmen down the highway.
Yours,
John


Driving skills

Dear Editor;
Re ‘Fruit truck overturns in Mae Rim’ (Chiang Mai Mail no.14).
The driver of the truck said that he “braked heavily in order to slow the skid.”
This is just another sad example of the total lack of driver training and awareness of danger in Thailand.
When a vehicle starts to skid it may be a natural reaction to brake, but it is totally the wrong one and could be your last one!
On a manual transmission vehicle, get the clutch down as fast as possible. In all vehicles, steer in the direction the vehicle is sliding. In other words, if the tail is sliding to the right, steer to the right.
Braking, especially heavy braking, causes the wheels to stop turning and the vehicle will simply continue to slide, totally out of control.
Your photo shows the overturned truck on a straight piece of road. So it must have travelled a long way from the bend, completely out of control. So what does that tell us? A speed far too high for the conditions. Thank goodness I was not going in the opposite direction!
The very best way to learn about skid control here is 15 minutes on the Slide Karts at the very well-run X-Centre at Mae Rim. Single and twin seater go-karts are driven on a plastic surface that is deliberately slippery.
Just 1,000b spent there, educating yourself, could save lives. Maybe your own!
Bill Sykes


Street flooding

Dear Editor,
I thought you might like this photo of the flooded roads near Airport Plaza after the heavy rains. Looks like it was coming from the mountain and overflowing canals. I hope the city pumps these out. My friend Golf took the photos from his car, apologies for the bad quality!
Signed
Flooded!


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Sala at Mae Kha Canal destroyed

Driver’s Education

Driving skills

Street flooding

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