“Thanks for driving!!!”

Not a phrase that you hear very often on the other side of the world.

But here in Ethiopia, among many people I know, this is a phrase used incredibly often.

I recently posted this link on my Facebook page. It says Ethiopia is amazingly mid-range among traffic fatalities per 100,000 people – a mere 17.6 per 100,000!

But then I had a thought……

Aren’t Ethiopian driving conditions worse than this?? (considering I drive in them every week!)

So I did some further research. It turns out the above map (which is a stunning example of a choropleth map! #geography) was using old data – specifically data from 2010.

This other article has a more detailed look at Ethiopia’s traffic fatalities and says:

According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) report, published in April 2014, traffic accidents in Ethiopia account for the deaths of 37.28 persons per 100,000.

Twice as high! No wonder we are advised to not drive at night, and especially not to drive at night outside of Addis.

Safety first!

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