I’ve talked a number of times on the worst states in terms of drunk driving. I’ve also talked about the worst California counties for drunk driving. But I don’t think I’ve ever talked about the worst countries. And, well, if you thought the United States would be the worst, you’d be wrong.
According to the WHO’s Global Status report on Road Safety for 2015, South Africa is the worst country in terms of fatalities from drunk driving. According to the report, South Africa suffers 25.1 vehicle-related fatalities per 100,000 people per year. What’s more, nearly six out of ten vehicle-related fatalities were the result of drunk driving. That amounts to a whopping 58 percent.
Second on the list? Our neighbors to the north. Of all deaths on Canadian roads, the rate of DUI-related fatalities in Canada is 34 percent. This number is down 43 percent since 2000.
The United States came in third with 31 percent of its traffic fatalities coming from drunk driving. Australia is fourth at 30 percent. France is fifth at 29 percent. Italy is sixth with 25 percent. The United Kingdom, excluding Northern Ireland which was at 17 percent, was seventh at 16 percent. South Korea was eighth at 14 percent. Germany was tenth at nine percent. India was eleventh at five percent. Last, but not least, China came in twelfth at 4 percent.
Coming in at the very bottom are Costa Rica and Oman with less than one percent.
Only 53 countries test drivers who have died in a traffic accident for alcohol. Only 95 countries have any data on the proportion of DUI-related traffic deaths.
The study concluded that more needs to be done to collect data on drunk driving.
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