Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Roads Kill

According to the World Health Organisation by 2030 road deaths are set to become the fifth leading cause of death in the developed world. The Pulitzer Center's Roads Kill interactive map visualizes the number of people killed by roads in countries around the world.

The Roads Kill map provides a choropleth view showing the number of people killed on roads in each country (per 100,000 people). This choropleth view reveals that there are some stark differences in the number of people killed on roads in different countries around the world. Some of these stark differences are highlighted and picked out when you click on the information button. 

If you click on the 'i' button the Pulitzer Center takes you on a guided tour of some of the interesting stories revealed by the road deaths data. For example Norway and Sweden have very low rates of road deaths (2.7 & 2.8 respectively). By contrast the United States has a very high rate - especially when compared to other wealthy countries (12.4 per 100,000 people). If you want you can ignore the guided tour and explore the map for yourself. If you hover over a country then you can view not only the rate of road deaths in that country but the percentage killed in cars, on motorbikes, on cycles and while walking.

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