Steer Clear of the 5 Most Dangerous Roads in the World

Writing for <em>Yahoo! Travel</em>, Aefa Mulholland identifies five of the most dangerous roads in the world - from India's chaotic city streets to Bolivia's mountain hugging back roads.
September 10, 2012, 1pm PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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Dangerous roads are not just limited to the developing world, where you can find Bolivia's cliff-clinging "Road of Death" and South Africa's carjacking plagued roadways. Plenty of hazardous highways can be found right here in the United States.

Take Mississippi, the state with the highest traffic fatality rate. According to Mulholland, "Unlit rural roads, high speeds, and lack of seatbelt usage are prime culprits. More than half of those who died on Mississippi's roads in 2010 were not wearing a seatbelt and, according to a Reader's Digest study, Mississippi was one of the deadliest states due to speeding. It is also one of 11 states where texting while driving is not against the law (though it is illegal if you are driving with a learning permit or temporary license)."

Mississippi isn't the only state with its share of road hazards. In Pennsylvania, it's not the speeding drivers one has to look out for, but dashing deer. "Every year," notes Mulholland, "there are about 1 million collisions with deer on U.S. roads, more than 100,000 of them in Pennsylvania, where the odds of hitting a deer are one in 86. The deadliest month for deer collisions is November, when male deer have fighting and mating on their minds."  

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Published on Thursday, August 16, 2012 in Yahoo! Travel
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