After checking out this thread a shocking realization hit me…8 years of driving in the US versus nearly 20 here.
I drive fast, curse myself silly when stupid things are done in front of me…But I NEVER run red lights anywhere, it’s asking for death guys
After so many years driving here, you can’t even imagine how many of us Lau-wai’s I’ve seen get whacked while thinking that they truly understand how the amoeba traffic system works. We’ve got an American down here locally right now in ICU, who thought he’d do a local move last Saturday night and got smoked…It only takes a second, and he’ll be recovering for months to come.
Last year at the Hoping for Peace festival, I was enjoying the sunshine and good music (Thanks Paogao/Sandman) when I started checking out some of the other foreigners…Virtually every one of them had (fucking nasty too) battle scars from accidents here…My conclusion from this is that many people decide to “When in Rome” but don’t really have a decent grip on how it all works.
For example: You might well know which red lights to “float” when in your local neighborhood, but when you are out on your roadtrip, how the hell would you know? Start looking at the locals who do this, they are the ones with brand new cars full of bondo, and putting others at risk through sheer selfishness…Why would anyone want to follow this example?
I just got back from Kenting, and on the few times I went into town the sound of sirens punctuated the air everywhere I went.
Please, running reds is playing Russian Roulette with your life. It ain’t worth it for the few minutes you save on road time, especially if you are on a motorcycle.
I’d post more, but I have to go visit my friend in ICU, who at over 60 with 7 broken ribs and a busted clavicle is probably wondering why the hell he didn’t wait for 5 seconds for those two cars to move on… :s