Beijing braces for holiday chaos as smog settles – Reuters

Reuters and the Chinese newspaper Yan Zhao Metropolis through their reports all point out that, “China has the most dangerous roads in the world, with accidents killing almost 100,000 people last year, or about 270 a day.”

From Reuters:

……China has the most dangerous roads in the world, with accidents killing almost 100,000 people last year, or about 270 a day.

The high toll is largely a result of negligence, with drivers commonly switching lanes without looking or signaling, ignoring traffic lights and even throwing their vehicles into reverse when they have missed a highway exit. [Full Text]

-Read Yan Zhao Metropolis’ report (in Chinese) of ” The Thoughts of Less Injury Than Killing Harms Everyone“, saying China’s accident compensation system need to be strengthened and perfeced. Among many traffic accidents, especially motor vehicle drivers have been a general lack of knowledge of traffic laws.

-Also related to road safety in China, read “Driving Them Crazy” from the Washington Post:

You are motoring down a stretch of Chinese highway outside Chengdu, when, glancing at the side-view mirror of your Xiali 2000, you notice flames shooting from your gas tank.

Quick — do you:

a. Strip off your cotton clothing and use it to smother the flames.

b. Toss water on the blaze.

c. Dig out your trusty carbon-dioxide fire extinguisher.

d. Call the U.S. Embassy for help.

The answer is definitely not (d). Only a handful of the hundreds of U.S. diplomats posted in China, we’re told, (and none in the Chengdu consulate) have passed the Chinese driving exam, from which the slightly-modified question above is drawn. The “correct” answer, by the way, is (a). [Full text]

October 6, 2006 1:03 AM
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