Drunk driving in India is a major cause of traffic accidents. As Quartz India noted in a piece titled "On India’s deadly roads, there are over 20,000 Salman Khans every year," thousands of people die and even more injured annually. But the problem extends beyond driving under the influence — India only accounts for 1 percent of the world's motor vehicles but 15 percent of its accidents, according to the World Bank.
How does India rank globally? Here are the top 10 countries by road traffic fatalities each year, according to the World Health Organization:
- China- 275,983
- India- 231,027
- Nigeria- 53,399
- Brazil- 43,869
- Indonesia- 42,434
- United States- 35,490
- Pakistan- 30,131
- Russia- 26,567
- Thailand- 26,312
- Iran- 25,224
If you look at the data of traffic fatalities by 100,000 people each year, India's rate drops sufficiently. The top countries here are Eritrea, Dominican Republic, Libya, Thailand and Venezuela, according to the World Health Organization.Take a look at this interactive map from the Pulitzer Center and scroll over countries to see the road deaths per 100,000 inhabitants:
The numbers are still alarming. This data from Bloomberg Philanthropies from 2013 shows the 10 countries that account for 600,000 fatalities annually:
As my colleague Rama Lakshmi writes, India has been trying to tackle the causes of road fatalities.
The nation’s supreme court calls India’s roads "giant killers.” Experts say that many of the accused go free because of weak and outdated motor vehicle regulations, routine corruption, lagging investigations and painfully slow court trials.
A factor to these crashes are the urban speed laws, which WHO deemed "not comprehensive."