Re: ''Blood on the railway tracks'' (BP, March 12).
With regard to the nearly 300 people who have been killed by unauthorised railroad crossing throughout Thailand, this is indeed unfortunate.
The custom is, worldwide, that when you come to railroad tracks _ in the country, on the prairie, in a city, anywhere _ even if you do not see a train on the horizon, you stop, look both ways, then proceed.
It makes no difference if one is on foot or in a vehicle.
Unless a person is stoned, dead drunk or unable to hear or see properly, it is almost incomprehensible how you cannot see or hear a train roaring towards you from as close as 1km away.
How you as an individual decide to react, whether running across the unauthorised crossing, or waiting for the train to pass is entirely up to you.
The railroad should not be held responsible for this.
I've watched many people in Thailand zoom under and around railway warning booms on motorcycles and on foot, lowered to stop traffic in either direction at the approach of a train.
No railway protected crossing, or any authorised crossing area, will cure gross human stupidity.
It happens everywhere. ''Ya pays yer money, ya takes yer chances'', as it is known in America's deep south.
Time to stop fishing mafia
Re: ''Nets catch us all in their ruthless grasp'' (BP, March 13).
Sanitsuda Ekachai's request for the government to stop the destruction of the country's environment by allowing small fish and other marine life to be caught for prawn-raising was an important wake-up call.
Some Thai businessmen have long been acting like parasites off their own country. Their conduct and behaviour have been the opposite of what they preach.
They have also sought to have influence over every government in the past. It is time we stopped them from such dingy acts, or else we will be left with just a carcass of a country for posterity.
'Motorsai' not worth risk
Yesterday, I lost my driving licence in a big shopping mall in Pattaya, so I immediately took a motorcycle taxi to a police station to report the loss. It was a bad experience.
The taxi driver raced like a crazy fool. He didn't stop at all at red lights. He acted like a Formula One racing driver. When I asked him to drive more slowly, he just grinned. No wonder, when I paid for the travel I noticed he was drunk! But what could I do? Nothing?
So please foreign tourists, take my advice. Don't ever take a motorcycle taxi in Thailand _ because you're endangering your life!
JEAN VICTOR PIERRE KRIER
Pradit putting tourists off
Re: ''Pradit mulls enforced insurance for tourists'' (BP, March 13).
I hope Pradit Sinthawanarong's ''mulling'' takes into account the value of tourist revenue to the Thai economy. He may need to rethink his strategy unless he wants tourists to go to other more welcoming countries.
What does Mr Pradit propose for retired expats over 65 years old living in Thailand. They are ineligible for health insurance (and can obtain insurance only for travel time)?
He needs to do a lot more research.
New twist to traffic mess
Re: ''Gridlock the answer'' (BP, March 13).
The suggestions of Mr Smith and Charlie Brown are not to be taken seriously. They mock a daily problem here in Bangkok. This matter deserves a more scientific response.
Do not set all traffic lights on green. Simply impose a citywide one-way system. All roads should become one way _ North to South.
In two days, it becomes Pattaya's problem.
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