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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand – We’re Number 2! – We’re Number 2! – We’re Number 2!

Via: Chiang Mai City News

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The Land Transport Department has passed new regulations that will revoke driving licenses for public vehicle drivers who repeatedly commit traffic infractions. New reports show that Thailand has overtaken both Iran and Iraq in terms of fatalities on the road, and has moved to second place for highest traffic deaths worldwide from sixth place in 2011.

A new study published in February this year found that Thailand currently has the second-highest road traffic deaths worldwide with 44 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 38 per 100,000 in 2010, and almost 43 in 2011. The only place more dangerous to drive in the world than Thailand is in Namibia, where there are 45 deaths per 100,000 people. Most of the deadliest countries to drive are in Africa, where road infastructure might be lacking and vehicles unregulated and very old. Thailand, however, has a well-developed road system and an over-abundance of new vehicles on the road.

 

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute using data from the World Health Organization. One of the researchers, Michael Sivak, said, “The results of this study indicate that road safety is a greatly underappreciated component of public health in many parts of the world.” (Yeah, you think?)

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http://chiangmaicitynews.com/news.php?id=4119

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Personal Thought:

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1. Revoke a driver license? Jeez, what a concept!

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2. Namibia – TOAST!

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