The following is our exclusive weekly feature in which we ask our readers a news topical question and then give you a week to answer it on our various channels, compiling a diverse range of answers and opinions to present.
Last week, we asked you the following:
Here is what you, our readers, had to say as our editors selected some of the most diverse responses to highlight different points of view. Most of our readers blamed the issues on drivers overall and not specific road areas or conditions.
This is despite us saying this last week: We see accidents on an almost daily basis in Chonburi unfortunately and although poor driving skills and speeding are often a reason there are also legitimate areas that are often dangerous or need more work. We covered one of those in a traffic-related story earlier today that you can read here as an example. In your opinion, what area locally needs work? This can be a number of things such as: -Badly needs a traffic light/stop sign -Area that needs road potholes and sinkholes fixed -Area that needs trimming of trees, shrubbery, etc -U-turns that should be opened/or closed -Construction work area that is not well lit or signed properly? -Curves that need more signage, bumpers, or other preventive measures.
Anyways, the results are below…
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William M-Attitude..Attitude..Attitude. Must start at the top. All the comments thus far about roads, lights, and so on cannot and will not correct the fundamentals of driving. Many drivers do not have money for fines but that should not deter the police from their responsibilities. I cannot tell you, which is the priority, but education is right at the top. The police could double or triple the checkpoints with the local cops and change them to “Safety Inspections” to check the equipment as well as the documents. Anyone found driving underage will be detained and turned over to the parents or guardian. The local neighborhood cop can start earning the respect of the public. No lights, no car or bike, no helmet, no bike, no license, no wheels.
Stephen S-One could write a thesis on the subject as a whole; where driving competence, enforcement, and road system design/maintenance are the main factors. As for hazards on the Pattaya area: Railway Rd should have stop lights at the junctions; all other junctions should have stop signs; roadside lights to be made to work and all U-turn junctions (without traffic lights) on Sukhumvit Rd should be blocked.
Stan L-All of the above is going to make the roads a safer more driver-friendly place. Until the law is applied school kids on scooters 2 3 and 4 up no helmets although that rule seems to be ignored by far too many. The driver’s license is given, it’s not awarded to those who have had lessons and put through a rigorous test. Until this happens no road no matter how many traffic lights will be safe.
PS where are the parents of these motorcycle unlicensed no helmet riders, where are the police their presence outside the schools would be a start.
Chris C-Using phone and / drink while driving
Thomas L-Enforcement of crash helmets will save many lives
And stricter driving tests
Lindsay C-Hi. Thank you for the opportunity.