WTO: Lithuania sees second highest child road death rate

  • 2008-12-12
  • TBT Staff in cooperation with BNS

Lithuania is notorious for its high road death rate (Photo by Travis Rigel Lukas Hornung)

VILNIUS 's A recent report fromthe World Trade Organization has found that Lithuania has the second highest child road death rate in the world, second only to Russia.

Some nine children per 100,000 inhabitants die in Lithuania every year.

Russia wasthe only country with more child deaths caused by road traffic, at almost 11children per 100,000 inhabitants per year. A study published by the World TradeOrganization early this month, surveyed child death data for 2003-2005 of 39European countries revealed.

Lithuaniashares the second place with Greece,while Croatia, Kazakhstan,Latvia, Ukraine,Portugal and Belgiumgarnered the next spot on the list 's all with eight child deaths caused by roadtraffic per 100,000 inhabitants. The top-ten is concluded with Estonia.

Azerbaijan scored best according this index with about 1.5 child deaths per 100,000inhabitants. Georgiaslightly behind Azerbaijan with almost two traffic-caused child deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.

Lithuania placed eight out of 39 states according to the number of children and youthsunder 19 years old, who die annually from various accidents, includingdrowning, fires, intoxication, deaths by falling out of the window, etc.