Almost every road safety campaign we have posted on Osocio come from countries in the developing world. The Pulitzer Center recently published an interactive map with data about road traffic accidents from all over the world. The outcome is the shocking fact that 90 percent of traffic fatalities occur in the developing world. In countries like the Dominican Republic and Nigeria. Poor countries account for 50 percent of the world’s road traffic, but 90 percent of the traffic fatalities. Road accidents will soon become the fifth leading cause of death in these countries.
Try the map below or see the full screen map here.
Jose Luis Irigoyen, a highway safety expert at the World Bank: “Highway fatalities are a poverty-inducing problem. It’s costing on average between 1 and 3 percent of GDP in low- and middle-income countries.”
With this insight I’m going to give us a new assignment. And we need your help. We love to see road safety campaigns from countries that we don’t see often.
Know any? Let us know in the comments or by e-mail.