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Considering that China has the highest rate of road accident deaths in the world (5.1 for every 10,000 cars, for those keeping score), this next stat isn’t probably surprising: Every day in Beijing an additional 1,466 cars are added the city’s roads. One thousand four hundred sixty six. Which makes the head of the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau’s statement to Xinhua, quoted by Reuters all the more a case of stating the obvious:
The city is facing serious traffic pressure and safety risks due to the growing number of automobiles.
You don’t say? Adding 65,970 new vehicles to the roads in the first 45 days of 2009 might cause increasing traffic congestion, safety risks (bicyclists and pedestrians watch out...), not to mention air pollution? Who would’ve thought it?
China’s Road Death Rate Three Times US Average
For sake of comparison, regarding road deaths: According to New York state department of motor vehicles stats, New York City has a road accident death rate of about 1.4 deaths for every 10,000 cars. Which is slightly less than the national average of 1.7 deaths per 10,000 registered vehicles based on US census data.
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