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Here in Bangkok drivers totally ignore the zebra crossings.

It is all in the proportions.
In California stopping for pedestrians is religious. But in most cities there is one pedestrian for 100 cars.
In most places around the World the proportions are opposite.
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Heheheh, I grew up in San Clemente, I remember (pre-Nixon) when ONE drunk marine hand to hand instructor beat up the ENTIRE night shift of the SC police force one night at the Greyhound terminal on El Camino Real...
I'm sure he spent a bit of time in the brig. I think they've caught on now - I'm sure it's quite common to get pulled over for a dim taillight or something and have a finger on the trigger of that Glock.

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It is all in the proportions.
In California stopping for pedestrians is religious. But in most cities there is one pedestrian for 100 cars.
In most places around the World the proportions are opposite.
Religious and perilous at the same time. I once got a monstrous rear-ending while stopped at a crosswalk. Seems that the out-of-towners don't quite understand our desire not to wipe out an entire family crossing the street.

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Two years after returning to California from Frankfurt, I received a speeding ticket in the mail. I don't think I ever paid it. Guess I was driving a little too fast on the city strasse and some polizei pig took my foto. The quirky thing is - they hunted me down 10k miles away 2 1/2 years later. Is there a statute of limitations in Germany? Later, gotta call the lawyer...

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Two years after returning to California from Frankfurt, I received a speeding ticket in the mail. I don't think I ever paid it. Guess I was driving a little too fast on the city strasse and some polizei pig took my foto. The quirky thing is - they hunted me down 10k miles away 2 1/2 years later. Is there a statute of limitations in Germany? Later, gotta call the lawyer...
When I was in Frankfurt for the last time, we lived in Morfelden just South of Rhein Main and the Polizei there sent me a ticket from the LAST time I was in Frankfurt YEARS before... Wish the whole German economy were as efficient...
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In the Philippines, its common to use your horn when you are passing the vehicle and flash the light at the same time...and yes they don't follow the stop sign or lights either. That's why never try to drive there when I'm back home.

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Wow , I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one that watchs people drive at 70plus putting on makeup and eating at the same time or how about talking on the phone shaving and reading the paper .I can only guess at how he was steering the car. As for the little lap fuzzballs ya you see them all the time around here stupid knumbsculls if you ask me poor dog wouldn't stand a chance if they hit something or got hit.The really only odd thing that hits me right now that I've been noticing is how even with light traffic it comes allmost to a complete standstill when approaching an onramp. I just haven't figured out what the problem is yet other than I'm living among a bunch of morons who shouldn't be driving.
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In Thailand the horn is rarely used: it's only used to warn someone of a danger. It is never used out of anger; that would be very unThai and rude.

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Motorcycles in Bangkok are a bewildering concept.

It is not unusual to find 4 people (father, mother, 2 kids) riding on one motorcycle.

Motorcycles never stay in one lane....most frequently they will pass you between cars or pass you between you and the footpath.

Many times they ride on the footpath (sidewalk).

Their virtues: motorcycle taxis provide the fastest transportation between A and B. It takes 8 motorcycles to fill 1 car space.

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Motorcycles in Bangkok are a bewildering concept.

It is not unusual to find 4 people (father, mother, 2 kids) riding on one motorcycle.

Motorcycles never stay in one lane....most frequently they will pass you between cars or pass you between you and the footpath.

Many times they ride on the footpath (sidewalk).

Their virtues: motorcycle taxis provide the fastest transportation between A and B. It takes 8 motorcycles to fill 1 car space.

Life Insurance is not common I expect ?????
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