After a friend narrowly escaped death on an American highway…

This article about solving the driving crisis in Israel and the US has nothing to do with Arab Spring…but tangentially you could apply it to Egypt, where traffic deaths are an epidemic because of old cars, lousy roads, crumbling infrastructure and lax law enforcement. Egyptian drivers ignore traffic signs. Lane lines, when they exist at all, are just for decoration. Some drive like speed-crazed maniacs. But what’s missing there is the element of aggression that makes driving in Israel so dangerous, and the element of booze that makes driving in the US a life-threatening experience. This article is a few years old, and if nothing else, I hope you’ll enjoy the photo of me in 1968.

Cairo: No lane lines, no traffic lights, no pedestrian crossings...

Cairo: No lane lines, no traffic lights, no pedestrian crossings…

Here are the shocking statistics, according to the WHO:

Israel kills 3.3 people on the roads per 100,000 population, and 9.5 people per 100,000 vehicles.

The US kills 11.6 people on the roads per 100,000 population, and 13.6 per 100,000 vehicles.

Egypt kills 13.2 people on the roads per 100,000 population, but before you compare that linearly to the US…there are many fewer vehicles in Egypt, where they kill 183.3 people per 100,000 vehicles.

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One thought on “After a friend narrowly escaped death on an American highway…

  1. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. On to the next, better crusade, eh, Mark? I wish you much more success with this new one. At least you have a known coterie of allied thinkers to support your efforts.
    Andy.

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