China’s road death rate highest in world

March 21st, 2008 - 8:50 pm ICT by admin  

Beijing, March 21 (Xinhua) China recorded an average of 5.1 road accident deaths for every 10,000 motor vehicles in 2007, the highest in the world, a source at the second China Traffic Safety Forum said here Friday. The world average for the year under review was two deaths per 10,000 vehicles, the source added.

According to the Ministry of Public Security, since 1996 China has been topping the list of road deaths worldwide.

Road accidents claimed 81,649 lives nationwide last year, 7,806 fewer than the year before.

In 2007, the nation produced 8.88 million motor vehicles and sold 8.79 million, a growth of 22.02 percent and 21.84 percent respectively over the previous year.

According to the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), there are more than 1.2 million road deaths worldwide annually, with more than 50 million injuries.

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