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Road safety in China Analysis of current challenges.

In: Journal of Safety Research. Vol. 41, issue 1 (Feb. 2010), p. 25-30.

Authors: Wei Zhang, Omer Tsimhoni, Michael Sivak, Michael J. Flannagan.

China has the world's largest population, and is the second largest automobile market. China's economy is booming, resulting in a rapid increase in both the road infrastructure and access to private vehicles. Along with economic growth, the ownership of motorized vehicles has almost quadrupled in the past 10 years, from 42.2 million in 1997 to 159.7 million in 2007. However, at the same time, China also has a very high number of road fatalities compared to other countries, with about 100,000 reported fatalities each year.