This Is Why We Have Stop Lights

I'd like to say that no one was harmed in the making of this video, but when you go through so many car-on-car, car-on-bike, and bike-on-bike collisions in such a short amount of time, well, that's just being unrealistic.

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Thank goodness these Chinese neighborhoods have invested so much more in CCTV than in stop signs. And I do genuinely hope the dozens of people getting banged up here are all made it out at least relatively okay. [Reddit]

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I've done a lot of driving in Asia... Stoplights wouldn't matter.

My brief summation of the Asian countries in which I have driven/taken my life into my own hands:

Japan: Like any other city... A mixture of passive and aggressive drivers with the occasional clueless numpty who should have caught the train instead. Everyone drives via pinpoint accuracy satnav which tells you exactly which lane to be in at all times, so traffic flows in super long convoys.

China: No concept of lanes, signage, turn signals, slowing down for intersections, driving at a speed appropriate for the conditions. Unable to gauge speed of other vehicles. Contraflow... Wut? Colourblind, unable to see red lights, only able to scan the road ahead in a very narrow field of vision as wide as their car and two car lengths ahead, regardless of speed. As a race of people, not yet ready for motorised transport.

Philippines: Jeepneys. Suicide. Scooters.

Thailand: Comparatively good. Still chaotic, but almost fun. Scooters.

Malaysia: Like Thailand but faster. Angry people. Road hierarchy dictated by marque. (Merc reigns supreme) Scooters.

Indonesia: Like Thailand and Malaysia but all the cars are deathtraps. Surprising amount of common courtesy. More scooters than you ever thought imaginable.

Singapore: Don't bother. Traffic crawls everywhere at 20kph.

Korea: Fuck your rules, I do what I want. I'm right, and everyone else is wrong, especially you white people. I don't feel like stopping at that red light, so I won't.