When it comes to fatalities from drunk driving, one country stands out from the rest. According to the WHO’s Global Status report on Road Safety for 2015, South Africa is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for road accidents with 25.1 deaths per 100,000 people every year. Shockingly, nearly 6 out of every 10 fatalities (58 percent) on South Africa’s roads can be attributed to alcohol consumption.
How does that compare to other countries? Even though fatal accidents on Canadian roads have fallen 43 percent since 2000, the rate of death from alcohol impairment is still high for a developed nation at 34 percent of all road accidents. Across the border in the United States, 31 percent of all road deaths have been linked to alcohol consumption while in Australia, the death rate comes to 30 percent. In the United Kingdom and Germany, road deaths involving alcohol consumption are rarer at 16 and 9 percent respectively.