ROAD CARNAGE IS A REAL ISSUE
Re: “Thailand tops Asean road death table”, (Online Dec 7).
This should be made a major issue in the upcoming political bickering, aka election time. Not one politician, not one past government including the present government has paid anything but the weakest lip service to this issue, as if, why bother, it’ll continue anyway. It is high time real laws, realistic laws, laws with severe penalties, (not the slap on the wrist stuff ), were enacted and enforced. Severe jail time with no reduced time for good behaviour, life sentences for drunk drivers with no appeal, denial of driver’s licences for life, vehicle confiscation, and fines in the 4-figure range might put the message across.
It also of course would help if roads were made safer with proper paving, removing trees and vines that hide road signs, and, putting police patrols on country roads. Why are all traffic laws in Thailand treated as a joke, with a smile and a “mai pen rai”? Because that’s exactly what traffic laws are, big jokes, to be scoffed at, and treated lightly, or with disdain.