While reading Country Driving, it becomes apparent that traffic laws are not the same in China as they are in the U.S. and residents of China have a different attitude towards driving than residents of the U.S. The author describes many instances of bribery that occur within the city and how accidents among vehicles are a common occurrence. After reading the book it almost seems as though traffic laws in China are either non-existent or not enforced. I decided to research common traffic laws in China to see if there was any variation between China and U.S. law. According to internations.org, many of the traffic laws observed in the U.S. are also observed in China with a few minor changes. The two prominent variations are the legal driving age of 18 in China and the legal BAC for drivers in China is less than 0.2%, compared to 0.8% for U.S. drivers over the age of 21. Since the laws are generally the same in both countries, it would seem that there is a lack of enforcement when it comes to traffic laws. An article published just this month by CNN describes how China is now cracking down on traffic law enforcement and using stricter penalties for violators. (http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/03/world/asia/china-traffic-rules/index.html) The new rules provide stricter penalties for drunk driving and talking on the phone while driving. The law also states that running a yellow light is the same thing as running a red light. Although the public is greatly against these new rules as some of them do not make sense, it would seem that they are effective at controlling the amount of accidents. The accident rate has decreased by 9% within 5 major cities since the laws were passed which shows improvement of driving conditions within China.