Sadly, two Major League Baseball players died on Sunday in separate car accidents in the Dominican Republic (D.R.). I’ve always known that car accidents are the leading cause of deaths for travelers, and after hearing this terrible news, I wondered how dangerous the D.R. is for drivers—given two players were killed on the same day in completely unrelated accidents.
I came across a Wikipedia page that lists the safety of countries based on traffic-related death rates. If you scroll down to the graph and click one of the top categories, you can sort whichever way you like. When I sorted by “Road fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year,” the Dominican Republic was listed as the 15th-most dangerous out of 194 countries, with 29.3. The most dangerous was Libya with 73.4, second was Thailand with 36.2 and third was Malawi at 35.0.
The safest places to drive tend to be in Europe and small islands where there aren’t a lot of cars. The United States (at 10.0) didn’t even rank in the top 50 for safest. Canada on the other hand made it into the top 30 at 6.0. Here’s the full list.
UPDATED: According a New York Post article the New York Yankees know how dangerous the Dominican Republic roads are so they tell their baseball players who are training their to either be back by at 6pm or in the morning to avoid driving at night. They say it’s so dangerous because it’s a third world country where driving laws aren’t that enforced and there’s a lot of drunk and reckless driving.
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