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Order of Magnitude Quiz: Indian highway deaths

Here is a particularly grim puzzle question: How many people are killed in traffic accidents per day in India? Your aim is to get within an order of magnitude of the answer. (Source)

The answer is in the first comment to this post. [Tags: ]

6 Responses to “Order of Magnitude Quiz: Indian highway deaths”

  1. The Boston Globe reports it’s two hundred and seventy.

  2. Hi David,

    And 270 is not that much for two reasons: 1- there is 1.1 or 1.2 billions people and 2- they call these trail “roads” but I could not call what is happing on them “traffic”… this is the chaos, have you already been there? It is awesome; an extreme sport for sure (specially when you are on the roof of a bus with 30 other Indians, talking with a cellular phone, going to 80km/h while doing slalom between goats, sheeps, cars, trucks, cycle, etc).

    I saw the first western highways somewhere near Agra, but I knew that I was in India because all the time some Tata trucks of at least 10 tons were on you way, doing face-to-face at 80km/h, without caring about anything.

    Salutations,

    Fred

  3. Yes, I have been there, and I’ve witnessed how horns replace lane markers on the highway. (I’d love to go back.)

    But even for a country India’s size, that’s still a lot of deaths, which is why it made it onto the front page of the Globe.

  4. Damn you and your math, Marc!

    You’re totally right, of course. Wow.

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