In 2001 there were 984 thousand deaths caused by road traffic accidents worldwide. Half of these deaths occurred in the regions of Eastern and Southern Asia. The highest road deaths per person, however, were in South America. The lowest rates of road deaths were in Northern Africa and Japan.
In 2002 there were 29 million kilometres of road in the world. On average each year, on every 30 kilometres of road - someone dies in a traffic accident. Some places have a concentration of accidents: the world’s most dangerous road, in Bolivia, is 70 kilometres long and approximately 100 people die there every year.