Road safety in China

A little research into road safety situation in China.

First, according to the WHO, road accidents will soon become the third ranked cause of death, worldwide (see GRSP):

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In China, “over 660,000 people were killed and over 3 million injured in road crashes, according to official statistics” during 2002-2008. “Annual economic losses from road crashes are estimated between 1 and 3 percent of PRC’s gross domestic product (GDP) — much higher than the national budget for public health services.” – in fact, “road injury patients represent more than 25 to 30 per cent of hospital bed occupancy. ” (GRSP)

Of course, we are not the worst. As the following figure shows we are at least better than Africa.

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The safety record may be worse if measured by fatality rate per vehicles (TRL, 1997):

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What concerns us is that the road accident rate may still increase. The figure below shows the increase in road fatality rates during 1975-1998. In the future there may be an increase of 92% of road fatalities in China by 2020 (GRSP).

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