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Old 22nd June 2009, 11:33   #1
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Default Global status report on road safety

What kills 1.3 million people worldwide each year, 90% of them in developing countries - traffic accidents.A World Health Organisation (WHO) report says that traffic fatalities are on track to become the fifth leading cause of death worldwide over the next two decades.

The Global status report on road safety is the first broad assessment of the road safety situation in 178 countries, using data drawn from a standardized survey. [quoted from WHO website]

They also have it broken down by country profile, India had over a lakh fatalities on the road [2006], majority coming from two-wheelers, cyclists. Surprise, surprise.

Interesting to look over.

Here's the link: WHO | Global status report on road safety
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Thanks a ton for sharing that link msbehave.

It's sad, because so many accidents can be avoided just by educating the masses on the basics of road safety.

As you mentioned, the India stats clearly show that 1/3rd of fatalities on the road are riders of 2-wheelers / 3-wheelers, compared to 15% cars passengers, which isn't too surprising right?

However, given that 71% of the registered vehicles are 2-3 wheelers, and only a mere 13% are cars, its makes the number of 2-wheeler fatalities surprisingly low if you look at the numbers relatively. This took me by surprise...

Anyway, hope to use this data for a good purpose sometime soon.

PS - These stats are based on numbers given by the police....hmmm.

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Old 24th June 2009, 07:26   #3
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Rehaan - bang on.

Compare the statistics of death among well trained, defensive riders and drivers and you'd find that 2 wheelers are just as safe as 4 wheelers!
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The purpose of that report was not to start a debate on the relative safety of 2 wheelers vs 4 wheelers in India!
The purpose is, as Rehaan has said, to help create the political will to better educate the masses on all aspects of road safety and to tighten up licensing norms to ensure that only the well trained obtain a license.
Rigorous implementation of road discipline, vehicle certification/fitness are moot points.
Can we, will we, ever get there? IMHO no!
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