We have some good news and bad news. First, the bad: from September 30 to October 7, called “Golden Week” because everyone is on national holiday, accidents on the road in China “killed altogether 794 people and led to direct economic losses worth 13.25 million yuan (2.1 million U.S. dollars),” according to Xinhua.
The good news? Those figures mark a 46.2 percent and 37 percent drop, respectively, from the previous year.
Do keep that in mind as you watch the above video (on Youku for those in China after the jump), a compilation of scenes from China’s roads last week. As bad as it all looks, not only could it have been worse, but it actually got better from previous years. Progress, right?
Here are some more advanced statistics for you to ponder, too:
During the 8-day-long holidays, China reported 68,422 cases of road accidents, a year-on-year decrease of 24.1 percent, according to the traffic bureau under the Ministry of Public Security.
Among those accidents, 2,164 involved casualties, a 46.2% decrease from the same period last year. These accidents killed altogether 794 people, injured 2,473, and led to direct economic losses worth 13.25 million yuan (2.1 million U.S. dollars), which dropped by 46.4 percent, 47.9 percent and 37 percent, respectively, year-on-year.
Remember this always and you’ll be okay: China has a lot of people. When they all hit the roads for vacation at the same time, of course there will be accidents. And, sad as it is, of course there will be fatalities. Simply count your blessings if you weren’t a victim and don’t know any, and stay safe out there.