Rather than acknowledge the magnitude of the trauma, Algeria’s leaders prefer to stress their ability to end the violence. In 2003, according to an unofficial interior ministry report, terrorism-linked clashes killed fewer than 1,500, including some 450 armed Islamists – less than the annual average 4,000 road accident fatalities and not comparable with the black decade, when between up to 200,000 people were killed.
[Source: ‘Algeria: a state of depression’, March 2004; Le Monde Diplomatique
A total of 137,096 traffic accidents were recorded in Bahrain between 2002 and last year, statistics issued by the General Directorate of Traffic revealed yesterday….
The statistics show that 228 people were killed and 9,805 seriously injured during the period….
About 7.4 per cent of accidents were reported between 4pm and 5pm and 36pc between 4pm and 10pm.
Sixty three pc of the injury accidents occurred on roads with a speed limit of within 50 kmph, 13.7pc accidents happened at traffic signals and 6.4pc at roundabouts.
According to the statistics, speeding caused 5.2pc of the injury accidents while 4pc were due to careless pedestrians, 4.6pc to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and 4.6pc due to jumping red lights. The rest occurred due to other traffic violations….
Of all drivers at fault in injury accidents, 42pc were within the age group of 20 to 29 years and 28pc had under one year of driving experience….
Full article, from the Gulf Daily News. March 17, 2005.
DSA Comments: We cannot be sure precisely what is meant by “between 2002 and last year”. Technically speaking, only the year 2003 is truly between 2002 and last year but we must presume that is not what is intended.
If anyone can definitively confirm the exact period being referred to, we would be grateful.
Eddie Wren, Executive Director, Drive and Stay Alive, Inc.
Officially, the Chinese government says 300 people die every day in vehicle crashes on the country’s roads and byways. But the World Health Organization says that the real number is 680 traffic deaths a day. That compares with about 115 per day in the United States, where there are about eight times as many vehicles as in China, according to figures from the Chinese government and R.L. Polk & Co.
[Source: Washington Post , December 5, 2004 — “Safety Isn’t Optional “]
Road accidents are killing over 18,500 children under 14 years old in China each year. Statistics show that in 2003, approximately 300 people, on average. were killed in car accidents each day in China. [Source: Xinhuanet (China View) March 31, 2004]
Also see Hong Kong, below.
Eire / Southern Ireland
Provisional Fatal Collision Statistics — 2003
Youngest drivers cause one fifth of fatal accidents in Finland
According to a preliminary report by the Finnish Motor Insurers’ Centre, the number of young-driver fatalities was 49 of the total of 261 fatal accidents recorded in Finland in 2005….
Faroe Islands (mean figures for the years 1993-2002)
Note: This statistic was located & posted here in response to a specific question from one of our viewers.
Road traffic accidents with personal injury
50 per 1000 capita 1.1
Much can be learned about driving in Guyana and about crash statistics there, by visiting the Land Of Six Peoples website and doing a site search for “road safety”.
The Road Safety Council Annual Report, 2001, has a statistics section
Also see China, above.
“…In India it’s the roads themselves that are the country’s murderers: 164 people die on them each day and a quarter of the world’s bus crashes occur here…” (i.e. 60,000 road deaths per year)
[Source: “Holy cow, it’s danger all the way” — UK Sunday Times; 14 March, 2004.]
White Paper on Traffic Safety in Japan, 2004 — abridged, English language version
White Paper on Traffic safety in Japan, 2003 — abridged, English language version
Kuwait, with about one million vehicles on its roads, has reported an 18.1 per cent rise in the number of deaths from traffic accidents.
Interior ministry assistant undersecretary Major-General Thabet Al Muhanna said 372 people died in 2003, 57 more than in 2002, as a result of 45,400 traffic accidents.
In addition, 405 people were seriously injured and 927 others received light wounds.
Kuwait has a population of some 2.5 million people, 900,000 of whom are indigenous citizens and the rest foreign workers and their families.
Full article, from Trade Arabia, March 17, 2004.
A total of 10,197 road accidents occurred in the Sultanate in 2003, causing the death of 578 persons and injuring 6,735, according to the statistics issued by the Royal Oman Police.
[Source: article titled ‘Let’s end miseries caused by road accidents: HM’, Times of Oman, 7 April, 2004.]
According to the Korea Insurance Development Institute on Sunday, out of 725,796 car accidents on which insurance claims were made during the 2003 fiscal year — from April 1, 2003 until March 31, 2004 — 24,036 accidents (3.3 percent) resulted from drunk driving….
The percentage of accidents involving serious offences such as hit and runs and driving without a license was highest in North Gyeongsang province with 21.1 percent, followed by Jeju and Gangwon provinces with 20.9 and 20.2 percent, respectively.
Full story (Dec. 26, 2004), from Chosun
United Arab Emirates
In 2003, there were 7,397 serious traffic accidents in the UAE, 873 deaths & over 10,000 injuries. Relative to the number of vehicles on the road, UAE has six times more deaths from road traffic accidents per year than the USA & Europe.
[Source: Press release dated 14 September, 2004, from Alba Diagnostics, Ltd., re brake fluid failure.]