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World’s Worst DriversBack

World's Worst Drivers

Check out our new infographic on world road deaths.

The EU has recently reported its lowest ever number of road deaths, with fatalities across the continent decreasing by 9 per cent in 2012.

In fact, according to new figures published in March 2013 by the European Commission, 2012 saw the lowest number of people killed in road traffic in EU countries since the start of data collection.

Unfortunately, the lower numbers of road fatalities which prevail in the EU in countries such as the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark, are not consistent to the rest of the world, so if you are thinking about a trip abroad this summer, it is well worth checking out the transport network before you leave to make sure you are travelling as safely as possible.

Road safety has become a major issue across the globe as the middle class grows and more people become car owners. But not all countries have the same strict driving rules as the UK, and it is a combination of insufficient or nonexistent safety laws, poor infrastructure and a lack of enforcement which results in the high number of deaths recorded in countries across the rest of the world.

It is low and middle-income countries which account for 48% of the world’s vehicles, but also for more than 90 per cent of the world’s road traffic fatalities.

The ten countries which account for 600,000 road traffic fatalities per year, which amounts to nearly half of all road deaths are listed below:

1. China: 220,000
2. India: 196,000
3. Russian Federation: 35,000
4. Brazil: 35,000
5. Egypt: 31,000
6. Mexico: 22,000
7. Vietnam: 14,000
8. Kenya: 12,000
9. Turkey: 10,000
10. Cambodia: 1,700

According to World Health Organisation figures, India is the country responsible for the highest overall road deaths followed by China and the U.S. Eritrea has the highest concentration of road deaths (48.4 to every 100,000 people), followed by the Cook Islands, Egypt and Libya.

The biggest cause of road traffic accidents is by countries that simply don’t have the correct enforcement practices in place for example, Turkey federal law does not require commercial drivers or government officials to wear seat belts. Poor road conditions in Russia have also been cited as the reason behind the higher car crash rates as well as the “undisciplined, criminally careless behaviour of (their) drivers.”

India’s internal National Crime Records Bureau attributes many of the country’s road accidents to drunk driving, but this is also a problem that is compounded by India’s rapid economical growth, leading to a growth in the population in general as well as an increase in car owners.

The Times of India recently said: “A large proportion of these deaths can be prevented by simple measures. The most important of these is strict enforcement of traffic rules, which is conspicuous by its absence in our cities as well as on highways.”

The WHO, the country health profile of the U.S which provides key statistics on the country’s health has estimated that road traffic fatalities will be the fifth leading cause of death by 2030.

Both the U.N. and the EU have launched 10 year safety action programmes in a bid to significantly reduce the number of road deaths by the year 2020.


Posted by Leana Kell on 08/07/2013