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New Study Indicates Which States Have the Worst Drivers in the Nation


October 22, 2020

USA- A recent study published online at WKYC.COM reported the worst states in the nation in which to drive a car. 

The results indicated that the worst places in the country to drive are Wyoming, Virginia, Colorado, New Jersey, South Dakota, Vermont, Maryland, Washington, and Ohio. The study looked at several driving-related issues in order to develop results. States with high numbers of speeding tickets and other moving violations and DUIs are considered worse when it comes to driving and road safety. The study found that states with the worst rates of drunk driving tend to be located near one another. Factors that lead states to have high rates of drunk drivers include locations with rural areas that lack public transportation and cab services.

In encouraging news, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that car crash-related deaths dropped throughout the United States last year. Fatal collisions declined by 1.2 percent overall, although in the southeast, fatalities increased by two percent. The NHTSA reports that South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama experienced an increase in fatalities while the nine other regions experienced drops in fatal collisions. The numbers also indicate that last year had the second-lowest number of fatalities per miles traveled since the NHTSA began recording crash statistics. 

Unfortunately, fatal collisions per miles traveled appear to be on the rise again this year. The pandemic led to a decline in traffic; however, drivers appear to be less concerned about traveling safely this year than in the past. Some speculate that drivers are speeding more because of the sparse traffic. Drunk drivers and drivers impaired by drugs appear to be more prevalent now than in the past. Statistics from 2020 will likely be an outlier in a number of ways because of the massive impact of the coronavirus.  

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Sources:

https://www.wkyc.com/article/news/local/ohio/ohio-drivers-ranked-9th-worst-overall-in-the-nation-new-study-finds/95-1bdb4b4b-ffc9-48fb-a0e3-2e49b385be3f

https://usa.streetsblog.org/2020/05/07/speeding-isnt-the-only-dangerous-driving-behavior-on-the-rise-during-covid-19/

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a34249400/in-covid-era-more-young-men-driving-unsafely-intoxicated-nhtsa/

Category: Auto Accidents

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