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Influential media Thai Rath has said that Thai society has been “stunned” by proposals from the transport minister to increase speeds up to 120 kilometer per hour on roads of four lanes and up.
Saksayam Chidchob – whose family run a Moto GP racetrack in Buriram – thinks higher speeds will help traffic flow.
Thai Rath said he also wants to stop and fine people for only going 80 kmph in the right outside lane.
They said that studies showed unequivocally that speed kills.
Speed was seen as a contributing factor in 73% of all accidents, they said citing various studies and two out of every three deaths could be put down to speeding.
In a piece warning Thais about speeding they said that having a collision at 120 kmph was the same as falling to the ground from 19 stories up.
They gave details about braking distances and reaction times to inform the public.
Thaivisa notes that in more developed countries such data would form part of stringent driving tests, conspicuous by their absence in Thailand.
Surviving an accident at 120 kmph was difficult, they said.
They said that Saksayam’s proposals had made Thai society “jang ngang” – dazed or stunned.