University of Michigan Study: Malaysian Roads the 17th Most Dangerous in the World

SHAH ALAM, 22 Feb: Malaysia is among the top 25 most dangerous countries for road users, with 30 fatalities per 100,000 individuals, according to research by the University of Michigan.

Conducted by the university’s Transportation Research Institute using 2008 World Health Organisation (WHO) data on 193 countries, the February 2014 research lists Malaysia as 17th most dangerous for drivers.

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The only other Southeast Asian nation within the 25 most dangerous is Thailand, ranked second most dangerous for drivers, with 44 fatalities per 100,000 people, reported M-Star Online.

In comparison, the United States of America registered only 14 fatalities, France recorded seven, Germany and Singapore six, and the United Kingdom only five fatalities per 100,000 people.

The world average is 18 fatalities per 100,000 people.

Namibia topped the most dangerous list with 45 deaths and the safest place to enjoy a cruise is the small island nation of the Maldives with two deaths.

All the countries in the 25 most dangerous list are either developing or least developed countries.

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