Saturday 18 Aug 2018 | 02:49 | SYDNEY
Saturday 18 Aug 2018 | 02:49 | SYDNEY

Death drives a stick


Sam Roggeveen


12 November 2009 11:29

Via Infrastructurist, above is a world map showing road fatalities per 100,000 people. The map originates at a site called ChartsBin, which has a version you can roll your mouse over to get national statistics. Note also the reader comment on the site, which argues the map is misleading because it tracks deaths by population, rather than by number of vehicles.

Iran is the standout country here, and commenters at this site argue that's because of the number of motor scooters with multiple passengers. But you see this in many developing countries, so I wonder whether the very low cost of fuel in Iran is a factor in increasing the number of people on the roads. Again, though, that's not unheard of in other developing countries.

For more on this subject, the World Health Organisation has exhaustive country-by-country statistics.