World's most dangerous roads
GS Paper - 3 Infrastructure
South Africa has been ranked as the world's most dangerous country to drive in while India came in at fourth place, according to a research study undertaken by international driver education company Zutobi. Among the list of 56 countries in the study, Thailand came in second position and the US took up third spot. The safest roads in the world can be found in Norway, with its Scandinavian neighbour Sweden having the third safest roads while Japan took second place, according to the study.
- The report analysed each country on five factors, giving each one a normalised score out of ten for each factor, before taking an average final score across all five factors.
- These factors included estimates on the number of road traffic deaths per 100,000 population; the percentage of car occupants who use a seat-belt when travelling in the front of a vehicle; and the proportion of road traffic deaths which have been attributed to alcohol consumption over the national legal limit.
- These estimates were based on the World Health Organization's Global Health Observatory data repository.
- The maximum speed limit on motorway and blood alcohol content restrictions in the various countries was also taken into account.
- But Zutobi's findings have been challenged by the Justice Project SA (JPSA), an NGO that aims to improve road traffic laws and their enforcement in South Africa.
- JPSA Chairperson Howard Dembovsky, while agreeing that South Africans tended to be poor drivers, said that Zutobi had used outdated figures in its study.