Category Archives Road Safety

We recently highlighted the five-year initiative to reduce traffic fatalities in ten countries. It’s led by a consortium of impressive organizations (see below). But if you’re taking to the roads of a foreign country, there are resources available to improve the odds against becoming a statistic. The Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) publishes detailed, extensive and very helpful…

What’s on track to become a bigger killer than malaria? Vehicular traffic. Unless trends are reversed, cars and trucks will kill 1.9 million people worldwide annually by 2020. To combat this deadly threat, Bloomberg Philanthropies has funded a five-year initiative in Brazil, Cambodia, China, Egypt, India, Kenya, Mexico, Russia, Turkey and Viet Nam where statistics are increasingly grim. A consortium…

The New Year has not brought any relief to drivers and riders of Guatemala City’s public buses. At least five people were killed and many more injured yesterday in what was presumed to be another in a long line of bombings by criminal gangs that extort protection payments from bus operators. Altegrity International cites Guatemalan police estimates that in 2010…

It’s back. That 60-mile long traffic jam on the road from Beijing to Mongolia, cleared by authorities two weeks ago, has reappeared. Latest reports put it at 75 miles long. The stated cause of the jam is a construction project that isn’t scheduled to be completed until September 17th. I guess it’s a testament to impatience, ignorance and desperation. You…

Last summer we analyzed the World Health Organizations (WHO) comprehensive study of road hazards across the world.   The report showed that the differences in fatalities in the analyzed countries were a result of road safety laws and the resources necessary to support them.  Some countries don’t have the road and traffic patterns necessary to manage the large volume of travelers. …

One of the most basic aspects of safe travel is getting to and from your destination safely, and if you are driving you have more control over this than with other modes of transportation.  In the past we’ve covered safe driving in general and identified some areas across the globe with particularly unsafe roads.  Recently, Reader’s Digest released the results…

Whether you’re planning a road trip in your own car or flying to a cold climate and renting a car this winter, you should assemble a winter emergency kit for your travels. In addition to the possibility of getting snowed in there is also a risk for getting stranded on the road.  Because we live in an area prone to…

So you've just enjoyed an exotic dinner including a liberal sampling of the local alcoholic libations (some of which are quite potent), and now it's time to drive home. Be honest, do you have any idea what your blood alcohol level might be? Nearly 90% of the world's countries have a national drunk-driving law on the books. Of course enforcement…

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