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):


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.


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


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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