More than 1.2 million people killed each year in road deaths and increasing annually

Canadians (at least those Ontario and east) constantly complain about the stereotypical “Montreal driver” and “Montreal traffic”, but neither of those hold candle to road conditions in other parts of the world.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is aiming to highlight the massive effect road fatalities have on our society, especially in impoverished countries where fatalities are much more frequent.

‘Roads Kill’ is an interactive map (you can check it out below) that breaks down the statistics for each country where data is available. Canada, as expected, comes out as one of the safest countries. However, the United States could do better, as could some other developed countries.

From Pulitzer Center:

Highway fatalities are also a “poverty-inducing problem,” according to Jose Luis Irigoyen, a highway safety expert at the World Bank. “It’s costing on average between 1 and 3 percent of GDP” in low- and middle-income countries, he says, an amount that can offset the billions of dollars in aid money that these countries currently receive.

The problem of road fatalities has even gotten the attention of the United Nations General Assembly with their pledge for a “Decade of Action”, a resolution with the goal of reversing the upward trend of road fatalities.

Pulitzer Center states while poor countries only account for 50 percent of global traffic, they account for 90 percent of road fatalities every year.


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