Korea Ranks 5th Worldwide for Road Deaths

      September 17, 2010 12:19

      Korean roads are the fifth deadly in the world, according to a survey by the International Transport Forum.

      Quoting a survey by the Paris-based forum, the U.K. Daily Mail on Wednesday said Korea ranked fifth among 33 major countries with 12 road deaths per 100,000 people. It tails Malaysia (23.8 deaths), Argentina (18.4), Greece (13.8), and Cambodia (12.6).

      The U.S. ranked seventh with 11.1 deaths and Japan tied with Switzerland at 27th with 4.5. The U.K. was the safest with a mere 3.8.

      Korea topped the list in terms of annual road fatalities per billion km driven with 20.1 deaths, followed by the Czech Republic (19.4) and Malaysia (17.7).

      But Korea saw motorcycle deaths drop by 39 percent over the last decade and was cited as exemplary in that respect alongside Portugal, where motorcycle deaths fell 45 percent.

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