Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Most Dangerous Places To Drive

The most dangerous places in the world for driving after nightfall have several things in common: 

* Extreme political unrest
* Unpredicted episodes of violence
* Looting and other crimes of opportunity
* Never-ending poverty

Here they are in descending order with Number 1 being the most dangerous:

10. Conaeky, Guinea Republic:
Conaeky has a mortality rate for adults that is almost one third. Nighttime driving here is especially hazardous because of greater nighttime violence danger. 

9. Nairobi, Kenya:
Almost one quarter of Nairobi's citizens live on less than $1.00 per day, and poverty motivates kidnapping, violence, home-invasion burglaries and carjacking. Crime increases exponentially at night. Most violent crimes in Nairobi are fatal for victims. Americans are a target population.

8. Sana'a, Yemen:
Violence can break out anywhere at night. Sana'a has a very poor population, and the city is rapidly descending into anarchy. No one should be driving in this city unless it is to get out of the country. The State Department has an urgent appeal to Americans to get out of Yemen immediately.

7. Tbilisi, Georgia:
Georgia has one of Europe's most destitute populations. Tourists are targeted and should stay away from frequented tourist establishments. Gun-toting gangs are all over the city of Tbilisi and are well-hidden at night. This amounts to very dangerous driving at night and also in the daytime.

6. Karachi, Pakistan:
The dense population of Pakistan's largest city is targeted by suicide bombers. Americans have been attacked and kidnapped by Al-Qaida and its sympathizers. Tourists should not drive at night.

5. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo:
Sixty percent of Kinasha's people live on less than $1.00 a day. It is in a state of complete anarchy. Violence breaks out with no notice, and nighttime is far too dangerous for travel. Men posing as soldiers often rob and murder unsuspecting foreigners.

4. Bangui, Central African Republic:
Extreme poverty is rampant, and the crime rate is sky high and doubles at night. Security forces often cordon off roads and require bribes from travelers.

3. Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire:
The mortality rate in Abidjan is 30 percent. One-quarter of its inhabitants live on less than $1.00 per day. Violence breaks out day and night. 

2. N’Djamena, Chad:
Of those N'Djamena residents who live to age 15, half of them will not live to age 60. No one should drive, or even travel, to this city. They have the second highest violence rate in the world. No one should be in N'Djamena at night.

1. Baghdad, Iraq:
One-quarter of Bagdad's population will die from violence that continually breaks out throughout the city, especially after dark. People who are in Baghdad with a specific mission should not travel at night.

Peter Wendt is a freelance article writer and researcher residing in the Austin TX area.   He loves taking his car out for a spin but tries to keep it a minimum after sunset.  He suggests learning more about drunk driving after dark from a Houston injury law firm.

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