China's Deadly Roads

Driving in China sounds terribly unsafe when you read an article that says 89,000 people were killed driving on China's roads in 2006. And this was an improvement from previous years that broke the 90,000 mark.
The number of road traffic deaths in China was 89,455 in 2006, 9.4 percent fewer than that in 2005, and the first time below the 90,000-benchmark since 2000, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

"The country recorded 378,781 traffic accidents in 2006, down 15.9 percent year on year," said a ministry spokesman on Monday.

The 38 major traffic accidents - accidents with more than ten fatalities each - resulted in 558 deaths, dropping 30.9 percent from 2005. It was the lowest number of major accidents since 1991, he said.
That sounds horrible but keep in mind China's population is about three or four times the size of the U.S. and the U.S. average nearly 40,000 auto-related deaths each eyar. You can see the U.S. data on the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) website provided by the NHTSA.

Posted on January 8, 2007

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