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Between January and July of 2009, Beijing streets were graced with an 1,231 additional cars per day on average, according to the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau (via: Economic Times). All those new cars add up to an additional 261,000 vehicles -- the vast majority of which are private cars. This is a 9% increase from the same period last year:Perhaps the only good news in this is that the 1,200+ figure is actually a decrease from the last time we learned of Beijing rapidly expanding: In the first 45 days of 2009 some 1,466 cars were being added to the already crowded streets.
China Has Highest Road Death Rate in the World
China has the highest number of road accident deaths in the world: 5.1 for every 10,000 cars. For sake of comparison, the United States has a death rate of 1.7 per 10,000 cars.