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Libya: From One of Safest Roads to World`s Most Dangerous Roads in 2 Years

Posted: 2013-01-08
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In the space of just two years since the U.S.-European war against Libya the North African country went from having the world`s safest roads to the world`s most dangerous roads

We live in strange and unsettling times. Where the power of the "New World Order" systems and their malfunctioning can turn things on their head in any part of the world from one moment to the next. For example, in Japan, prior to March 2011, the country had the world's highest long-life expectancy.

Japanese could expect to live longer than any other people on earth. One month later, due to the huge radio-active fallout from the meltdown of multiple nuclear reactors, covered up by the failed world news media, the Japanese now are expected to have one of the lowest life-expectancies on earth.

Libya, or full name, the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, prior to the March 2011 start of bombing by NATO to enforce "regime change", had the world's most secure streets and homes. At any hour of the day or night, safety was guaranteed for women and men, children, the young and the old.

Libya since March 2011 and ongoing two years later has got the world's worst security where robberies, carjackings, murder are common place, although rape which was one of the favoured tools of terrorism used by the NATO ground forces against the Jamahiriya, has now dropped off.

But now a new statistic shows that Libyan roads have also gone from one of the safest in the world, to the most dangerous in the entire road. It seems as if "rats" (as the hotch-potch motley collection of bandits that are seeking to now rule Libya on behalf of the "New World Order" are popularly known), don't know how to drive.

According to the General Directorate of Traffic Statistics, there has been a rise in the number of people killed on Libya’s roads. The regime's new agency LANA has quoted the directorate saying that 2,728 people were killed in 2,112 traffic accidents between the beginning of January and the end of November last year.

The figure makes Libya’s s roads the most dangerous on earth. It gives the country an annual road traffic fatality rate of 49.6 deaths per 100,000 population, the highest figure for any country in the world.

In comparison, the figure for the US is 12.3, Italy 8.7, France 6.9, Japan 3.9 and Britain 3.6 — meaning that someone is nearly 14 times more likely to be killed in a traffic accident in Libya than in Britain.

According to the new Libyan statistics for the 11 months of last year, there were also 1,568 serious accidents, in which 3,200 people were badly injured and a further 1,271 in which 3,347 people suffered minor injuries.

The Traffic Statistics Directorate also record that the monetary cost of the accidents in terms of vehicles written off or repairs required was 19,470,455 Libyan Dinars.

In the Libyan Jamahiriya prior to the suspension of the Jamahiriya due to the imposed war, Libya had one of the safest roads in the world, perhaps due to a very unusual law, which was the result of the Libyan brand of socialism which placed the value of a human being far above the value of material, such as vehicles.

In a capitalist society the car is a valuable asset. Thus laws give priority to cars. In the Libyan Jamahiriya however, the human being is paramount priority. Thus a law was in effect that simply gave unbridled and unlimited priority to human beings. Thus, in ANY accident, no matter who is at fault, the driver is automatically at fault.

This ensured that drivers of vehicles took the utmost care not to hit pedestrians, even in the absence of road crossings. It was not unusual to see people stopping and having a chat in the middle of a road with cars carefully going around, so strict were the penalties and chance of prosecution against drivers in any accident.

Conversely, the manner of crossing a road in any busy Libyan city for foreigners was a rude awakening in the need to do things very differently. No matter the amount of oncoming traffic, you are not to wait for a break in the traffic, but simply to step into the road and continue walking across, at a steady speed.

Cars would slow down, or do anything to avoid knocking you, due to the strong law in favour of human beings no matter the circumstances. Many a foreigner caused horror and the screeching of brakes and near accidents by panicking and breaking into a run, afraid that a car would hit them.

No, just keep going steadily, eyes closed, until you reach the other side. Now however things are different. The respect for the human being has been lost under the new regime and no one can rely on any law or authority to protect them. It is every "rat" for himself.

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