WHO’s top ten best and worst drivers by country


http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2009/9789241563840_eng.pdf

Thanks for posting that much more accurate list than WHO’s list, arencee.
I had calculated it in deaths per 100,000 cars and gotten exactly the figures you quoted, confirming the accuracy of your calculations.
You might also add Kenya to the list who, with 11,037 deaths amongst only 546,000 cars, most likely ranks as the world’s most dangerous place, at least on their roads where there are 2,021 deaths per 100,000 cars.  In your notation, that works out to 1/50.
Why on Earth would WHO rank the West Bank/Gaza as one of the safest places to drive when a car there is 35 times as dangerous as one in Switzerland, almost three times as dangerous as one in Iraq, and equally as dangerous as one in Afghanistan?
 
 
Posted by: Arencee | 2009-08-21 4:30:13 PM

Ah yes, statistics… Deaths compared to registered vehicles tell a story more sigificant to me. Here are a few:

Deadliest

1 Eritrea 1/751
2 Cook Islands 1/1782
3 Eqypt 1/269
4 Jamahirya 1/854
5 Afghanistan 1/854
6 Iraq 1/1161
7 Niger 1/133
8 Angola 1/285
9 UAE 1/1661
10 Gambia 1/267
Safest

1 Marshall Isl 1/2487
2 San Marino 1/51590
3 Malta 1/25437
4 Uraguay 1/6566
5 Netherlands 1/11205
5 Singapore 1/3978
7 Switzerland 1/14476
7 West Bank 1/418
9 Norway 1/11158
9 Japan 1/13764

Misc

Ethiopia 1/100
Canada 1/6945
China 1/1503
Thailand 1/2051
South Africa 1/573
India 1/688
USA 1/5896
Germany 1/11217

4 thoughts on “WHO’s top ten best and worst drivers by country

  1. The Erroneous and Misleading WHO Report

    “We must realize that our party’s most powerful weapon is racial tension. By propounding into the consciousness of the dark races that for centuries they have been oppressed by the whites, we can mould them to the program of the Communist Party. In America we will aim for subtle victory. While inflaming the Negro minority against the whites, we will endeavor to install in the whites a guilt complex for their exploitation of the Negroes. We will aid the Negroes to rise in prominence in every walk of life, in the professions and in the world of sports and entertainment. With this prestige, the Negro will be able to intermarry with the whites and begin a process which will deliver America to our cause.” (Israel Cohen, A Racial Program For The 20th Century (1912) quoted by Congressman Abernathy, Congressional Record (1957), p. 8559)

    The Sympatico blog which first discussed this WHO Report first censored ALL of our posts, and seems now to be closed, proof that they (and we) were on the right track. The original study can be downloaded from here, but if it’s now missing from that url, just as this one is (which previously reported Kenya to have one of the world’s absolute highest traffic fatality rate in the world), then click here to see it in all its gory details.

    IQ of Drivers

    Building on Professor Lynn’s success with his excellent “IQ of Nations”, we’ve devised “IQ of Drivers” which takes into account all the factors a nation must consider in order to build a safe highway infrastructure for its citizens. Assuming a linear relationship between fatality rates per vehicle and the average IQ of a nation’s drivers produces a template by which we can estimate a nation’s “IQ of Drivers”. The point is that if all we have is the number of cars and the number of fatal accidents with those cars, we can estimate their overall intelligence in a manner which might be even more accurate, and certainly more comprehensive, than a simple IQ test.

    No matter what the reason, if a nation is unable to provide a safe transportation system for their citizens, to the point that they would all be dead within one century if they owned as many cars per capita as many European nations, it deserves the lowest possible “IQ of Drivers”. Conversely, if a nation has a lower fatality rate than one with a higher Lynn IQ, then it deserves a higher “IQ of Drivers” score. This is the case for Japan who Professor Lynn estimates to have an IQ of 105, but whose safety record, while it’s excellent, is lower than Switzerland’s. In order for Japan to fit on the curve, we must reduce Japan’s “IQ of Drivers” by 5 points to 100.

    Similarly the “IQ of Drivers” for Germany and the Netherlands, who also have excellent safety records also, needs to be reduced, too, by three points. Conversely, in Norway and Canada, it must be increased 1 point, in Uruguay 2 points, and in Thailand 3 points.

    The largest adjustments which must be made to keep the curve linear is to increase Niger by 18 points and UAE by 10 points, contrasted with a reduction for the Gaza Strip of 20 points, of Egypt by 23 points, and of Kenya by 12 points (from 72 to 60 IQ points). A point which is off the chart and thus is a statistical outlier is Ethiopia whose “IQ of Drivers” would have to be decreased 68 points to a NEGATIVE 5 IQ points in order to keep the curve linear.

    If a driver in Gaza has been proven to be 24 TIMES more dangerous on the road than the drivers in ALL of Europe, and 35 TIMES more dangerous than one in Switzerland, wouldn’t it make more sense to say that his average IQ is 27 IQ points lower than a Swiss driver (74 vs. 101), rather than only 7 IQ points lower (94 vs. 101). And if that same driver in Gaza is one fourth as likely to kill someone on the highway as one in Ethiopia, then clearly the gap in IQ is much closer to the “IQ of Drivers” gap of 79 than it is to Professor Lynn’s gap of only 31. And if a driver in Kenya has been proven to be 54 TIMES more dangerous than a driver in Switzerland, doesn’t it make more sense to say that the difference in IQ is closer to 41 points (60 vs. 101) than it is to only 29 points (72 vs. 101)?

    The reason Kenya appears twice on this graph is that we have three separate data points from WHO regarding the number of vehicles and number of deaths. The graph for Kenya shows 2,893 traffic fatalities and 1,004,243 registered vehicles, whereas Table A.2 shows 3,760 traffic fatalities and 1,004,243 registered vehicles, and a prior table from their Statistical Annex reports that Kenya has only 14 vehicles per 1,000 people which is only 525,000 vehicles.

    Ignoring for a moment third world countries who clearly should not promote private ownership of vehicles without threatening their own extinction, and focusing only on countries which have had some success at building transportation infrastructures, produces the following graph:

    Please note that in order to get r-squared as close to a 1.0 as possible, adjustments were made to Professor Lynn’s “IQ of Nations” in tenths of an IQ point. While the Republic of Korea scores very high in academic tests, we had to reduce their “IQ of Drivers” to 97, an 8 IQ point decrease from Professor Lynn’s estimate of 106 in order for Korea to fit on the curve. Similarly, the “IQ of Drivers” for China was reduced 8 IQ points, for Japan was reduced 3 IQ points, and for Germany and the Netherlands .2 IQ points. Conversely, in order to fit the UAE on the curve, we had to increase their “IQ of Drivers” to 93, a 10 IQ point increase from Professor Lynn’s estimate of 83. Ergo the 7.8 IQ point increase in Malta, the 1.2 IQ point increase for Switzerland, the 3.7 IQ point increase for Norway, and the 2.3 IQ point increase for the USA.

    What this means is that even though the academic credentials for countries like Japan, Korea, and China are excellent, this doesn’t necessarily translate directly into their having safer or more intelligent drivers AND the ability and resources to build transportation infrastructures. It also means that while the academic credentials for countries like the UAE, Malta, Uruguay, and the Marshall Islands appear to be lacking, their actual implementation of transportation infrastructures, as well as the intelligence of their drivers, exceeds expectations by a significant amount. The other decimal point corrections prove the accuracy of Professor Lynn’s “IQ of Nations” and how it translates into public policy, safer roads, more intelligent drivers, more productive economies, and advancements in technology.

    Country
    number vehicles
    total traffic deaths
    Vehicles per death
    Deaths per 100 thousand vehicles
    IQ
    IQ Adjusted
    Adjusted by

    San Marino
    51,590
    1
    51,590
    1.9
    100.5

    Malta
    346,118
    14
    24,723
    4.0
    95
    100
    5

    Switzerland
    5,356,000
    370
    14,476
    6.9
    101
    100
    -1

    Japan
    91,378,636
    6,639
    13,764
    7.3
    105
    100
    -5

    Germany
    55,511,374
    4,949
    11,217
    8.9
    102
    100
    -2

    Netherlands
    8,862,935
    791
    11,205
    8.9
    102
    100
    -2

    Norway
    2,599,712
    233
    11,158
    9.0
    98
    100
    2

    Sweden
    4,285,000
    477
    8,983
    11.1
    101
    99.5
    -1.5

    England, Wales
    22,607,629
    3,166
    7,141
    14.0
    100
    99.5
    -0.5

    Canada
    20,650,000
    2,889
    7,148
    14.0
    97
    99
    2

    Uruguay
    952,000
    145
    6,566
    15.2
    96
    99
    3

    USA
    251,422,509
    42,642
    5,896
    17.0
    98
    99
    1

    Korea
    18,213,228
    6,166
    2,954
    33.9
    105
    97
    -8

    Marshall Is.
    2,487
    1
    2,487
    40.2
    84
    96
    12

    Thailand
    25,618,447
    12,492
    2,051
    48.8
    91
    95
    4

    United Arab Emirates
    1,754,420
    1,056
    1,661
    60.2
    83
    94
    11

    China
    145,228,994
    96,611
    1,503
    66.5
    100
    93
    -7

    Iraq
    2,242,269
    1,932
    1,161
    86.2
    87
    91
    4

    Libya
    1,826,533
    2,138
    854
    117.1
    84
    88
    4

    Congo
    311,781
    365
    854
    117.1
    73
    87.5
    14.5

    Eriteria
    60,849
    81
    751
    133.1
    68
    86
    18

    India
    72,718,000
    105,725
    688
    145.4
    81
    85
    4

    S. Africa
    9,237,574
    16,113
    573
    174.4
    72
    81.5
    9.5

    Ghana
    931,642
    1,856
    502
    199.2
    71
    78.6
    7.6

    Gaza Strip
    78,609
    188
    418
    239.2
    94
    74.5
    -20

    Afghanistan
    731,607
    1,779
    411
    243.2
    83
    74
    -9

    Guinea-Bisau
    57,839
    152
    381
    262.8
    63
    71.5
    8.5

    Kenya graph
    1,004,243
    2,893
    347
    288.1
    72
    69
    -3

    Angola
    671,060
    2,358
    285
    351.4
    69
    62
    -7

    Egypt
    4,300,000
    15,983
    269
    371.7
    83
    59.8
    -23

    Gambia
    14,450
    54
    268
    373.7
    64
    59.6
    -4.4

    Kenya table A.2
    1,004,243
    3,760
    267
    374.4
    72
    59.3
    -13

    Tanzania
    577,949
    2,595
    223
    449.0
    72
    51
    -21

    Niger
    76,061
    570
    133
    749.4
    67
    18
    -49

    Uganda
    363,658
    2,838
    128
    780.4
    73
    15
    -58

    Sao Tome
    1,219
    20
    61
    1,640.7
    59
    -59

    Ethiopia
    109,000
    1,800
    61
    1,651.4
    63

    -63

    Kenya 1st report

    Italy
    43,262,992
    5,669
    7,632
    13.1
    102
    102
    0

    Spain
    31,441,152
    4,104
    7,661
    13.1
    69
    62
    -7

    WHO Statistical Annex
    The World Health Organization Statistical Annex referenced above reports that in 2002 in the African region (an area with a population of 838,720,000), there were a total of 249,142 traffic fatalities. They also report that there are 11 cars per 1,000 people, which is a total of 9,225,920 cars. This is 1 traffic fatality for every 37 cars and a traffic fatality rate per 100,000 cars of 2,700, making the average African driver 391 TIMES more dangerous than the average Swiss driver.

    While we’ve been sidetracked by this silly and racist discussion about how “intelligent” Africans might be, and while we’ve been marveling over the notion that someone from a country like Kenya where there’s one traffic fatality for each 37 cars could possibly have an IQ of 127, THE MARVELOUS CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC has failed to attract our attention. This garden spot of Africa, with a population of only 4 1/2 million, managed to beat Kenya–by almost FOUR FOLD!

    The World Health Organization reported the GOOD NEWS that they have only 5,834 registered vehicles.

    But there’s even BETTER news for you population control freaks–they have about 565 traffic fatalities PER YEAR.

    http://christianparty.net/whostatisticalannexfatalities.pdf pg. 241

    Isn’t that GREAT news? There’s only ONE traffic fatality for each TEN cars, EACH year, almost four TIMES as many as lil’ ole Kenya. Even BETTER news? If GM, Honda, or BMW could sell as many cars per capita as they’ve sold US, they would have 3 MILLION cars, THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND traffic fatalities each year, and everyone would be DEAD within 15 years. What a GREAT population control program for you “liberals”! This is an even better one than the polio “vaccine” which caused the AIDS epidemic there!!!

    Anyone want to guess what the average IQ of the Central African Republic IS? Where Gambia has 1 fatal accident for every 267 cars, the Central African Republic has 1 out of TEN, the average for guns in the US is one death for every 50 THOUSAND guns:

    Cars
    Deadliest

    1 Eritrea 1/751
    2 Cook Islands 1/1782
    3 Eqypt 1/269
    4 Jamahirya 1/854
    5 Afghanistan 1/854
    6 Iraq 1/1161
    7 Niger 1/133
    8 Angola 1/285
    9 UAE 1/1661
    10 Gambia 1/267

    Safest

    1 Marshall Isl 1/2487
    2 San Marino 1/51590
    3 Malta 1/25437
    4 Uraguay 1/6566
    5 Netherlands 1/11205
    5 Singapore 1/3978
    7 Switzerland 1/14476
    7 West Bank 1/418
    9 Norway 1/11158
    9 Japan 1/13764

    Misc

    Ethiopia 1/100
    Canada 1/6945
    China 1/1503
    Thailand 1/2051
    South Africa 1/573
    India 1/688
    USA 1/5896
    Germany 1/11217

    Central African Republic 1/10

    Kenya 1st WHO report 1/37

    Guns
    North Dakota 0/987,234

    Washington, DC 1/139

    US average 1/50,000

  2. It’s amazing that this great thread which stated on MSN was just quietly deleted.

    Us Sheeple were obviously thinking a bit too much about the impossibility of Obama having an IQ greater than 72, much less 127.

  3. NO Random BAC Testing in England!
    Yet England’s MVFR (motor vehicle fatality rate) is ONE third of ours?

    EACH YEAR, if we had had an MVFR equivalent to England’s, we would have had 30 THOUSAND fewer traffic fatalities in the country. Since MADD was founded three decades ago, this is almost ONE MILLION LIVES (900,000 to be more precise).

    MADD DID NOT WORK!!

    And we KNOW what WOULD have worked would have saved almost ONE MILLION AMERICAN LIVES.

    SIXTY MILLION AMERICANS arrested; 17,600 in prison, 41,100 in jails, and 455,500 on probation; their lives, reputations, and families ruined; $TRILLIONS wasted: for WHAT purpose?

    RANDOM ALCOHOL BREATH TESTING IS NOT CARRIED OUT!!!

    Yet Englishmen have one THIRD the fatal accident rate of Americans–5.6 vs. 15.6 fatalities per 100,000 population!!

    What England discovered is that DOUBLING “alcohol dependence” from 0.6 to 1.0 actually DECREASED traffic fatalities by one third, from 15 to 5.6!

    World Health Organization
    FURTHERMORE, the World Health Organization ranks the US DEAD LAST amongst industrialized nations in traffic safety, with American cars being three TIMES more deadly than cars in Japan, Switzerland, and Finland, on par with Uruguay, and only slightly safer than Korea.

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