Via Brian in Jeollanam-do comes news that South Korea continues to lead the OECD in pedestrian traffic accident death rates:
Korea has the highest pedestrian death rate among OECD states and the Korean police are partly responsible for that number.
The number of pedestrians who died from traffic accidents reached 4.61 in every 100,000 people in 2007, according to the 2007 OECD statistics quoted by the Korea Transport Institute yesterday.
With the record, Korea far exceeded Hungary, which was ranked second in the list with 2.86. Greece and Portugal followed with 2.11 and 2.02 respectively. Japan turned out to be relatively safe with 1.9 in every 100,000.
Korea also other states in the number of pedestrian deaths per every 10,000 cars, with 1.36 – almost five times higher than Japan’s record of 0.2. [Korea Herald]
As people who have lived in Korea for while know all to well being a pedestrian in Korea is dangerous due to the lack of drivers following traffic laws. Even when crosswalk lights are green for me to walk across I still take extra precautions to look both ways and make sure the cars stop because I can’t recall how many times I have seen cars blow through red stoplights. I bring this all up simply to reinforce my point about how the 2002 Armored Vehicle Accident was a missed opportunity to address traffic safety in Korea.