The leading substance use-related cause of death in Mexico is smoking, which claims over 40,000 lives per year. But it is violent deaths, particularly among the young, which claim the most popular and media attention. We thus should be deeply concerned about the more than 24,000 violent deaths that happen each year in Mexico because of…
…traffic accidents. The Economist tells the surprising and sad tale about how an attempted solution for widespread corruption resulted in virtually no standards being set for drivers in much of the country, with deadly consequences.
Mexico was not always so freewheeling. Until the 1990s driving tests were near-universal, but it took unusual robustness of character to pass without paying a bribe. Rather than tackle corruption, some states simply abolished the test. Others followed suit in order to attract applicants (and income) from out-of-state residents.