As disgustingly high as Thailand's road death toll is, the laws are often willfully disregarded and any sense of safety, patience or respect are flagrantly discarded. The evidence for this would be clear to anyone who has even walked past a road in this country, but a particularly chilling example surfaced last week that showed exactly how deadly a lack of consideration can be.
Without giving details of when or where the accident occurred, a doctor spoke out about a gunshot victim who died while being transferred between hospitals. The ambulance was involved in a crash after a motorist failed to let it pass. The crash resulted in a paramedic sustaining serious injuries and the patient dying. The victim had a chance of living had he arrived at the provincial hospital and received the surgery needed, and the doctor placed the blame squarely on the selfish driver who blocked the ambulance's path.
Given how often ambulances can be seen stuck behind cars that fail to give way or in intersections where the drivers refuse to pause because they have the green light, this probably happens more often than we know. It took a doctor's impassioned story to arouse even a ripple of awareness, and this in itself is an indictment of a society that become appallingly blase about road trauma.
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