By Hadi Fornaji.
Tunis, 29 August 2016:
Libya remains the most dangerous place on earth to drive – and it is nothing to do with fighting in the country
The latest road death statistics released by the interior ministry for July showed that 246 people were killed in recorded road accidents across the country and 313 injured.
That equates to an annual figure of 2,952 deaths, virtually the same as in 2012, which at that point gave the country an annual road traffic fatality rate of 49.6 deaths per 100,000 population, the highest figure for any country in the world.
Except that now, Libya’s actual population is thought to have decreased because of so many people leaving the country since then for safety in Tunisia, Egypt or elsewhere.
According to the World Heath Organization, though, Libya’s road traffic fatality rate is 73.4. It has the next most dangerous place as Thailand with just half that – a rate of 36.2.