Drunk Driving in Southeast Asia


Drunk Driving in Southeast Asia is a real issue. A video recent emerged showing a man so drunk that he simply cannot keep his motorbike on the road raises more than a few questions. The video on the Pattaya Shore website demonstrates a huge problem. I think we all know that attitudes are more relaxed here, and for most that is a large part of the appeal of Asia. Spend a few years in the West and the constant interfering with personal lives by the state, does start to wear this. But Surely few people can argue that this guy should be on the road. Drunk Driving in Southeast Asia is reaching epidemic proportions.

I find it staggering that the people filming, simply found it amusing. They even help him after he falls off. What they should have done is taken the keys out of the bike and dropped them off with the first cop they found. Even at the ludicrously slow speed he was travelling, he is still more than a little dangerous.

Films are cropping up at regular intervals showing people so drunk that they can’t stand up, never mind control a motorbike. It seems to be a problem right across the region. This one happens to be in Thailand, but I have seen worse in Vietnam. Earlier this year, I saw a guy seemingly so drunk that he was asleep on his bike. As he slipped off the seat he accelerated. I rode along side him trying to wake him up. But he entered the car only lane, slammed into the kerb and hit the ground right in front of me. He was killed.

It seems to be an education thing. But as long as people simply find drunk driving in Southeast Asia funny, this is going to continue and the carnage will carry on.

Video of a Drunk Driving in Southeast Asia

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Following a highly successful 25-year career as a singer/songwriter and musician, Keith pulled out of the rat race and moved to Southeast Asia in 2008. First living in Thailand, he moved to Cambodia and then relocated to Ho Chi Minh City in early 2013. Keith has had work published in magazines and websites in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and Asia. He has written for the BBC and has appeared on TV and radio in many different countries. His great loves are music and travel, but he writes on a whole range of subjects.