Saturday, December 31, 2016

Which States Have The Worst (Most Dangerous) Drivers?

While the holiday season is a time for joy, it is also a time of grief for many. That's because traffic accidents, many causing death, go up (because of higher travel and more alcohol use). So I thought this might be a good time to let you know about these statistics that I recently found. It is from, and it uses statistics to rank all the states on how bad the drivers are in that state. Here is the methodology used to determine the scores and rankings:

The rankings for this study are based on statistics made available to the public by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Each state is ranked according to the following categories:
  • Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled
  • Failure to Obey (Percentage of Fatal Crashes that involved Traffic Signals, Not Wearing Seat Belts, and Driving with an Invalid Driver’s License)
  • Drunk Driving (Percentage of Fatal Crashes that Involved Alcohol)
  • Speeding (Percentage of Driving Fatalities that were Speed-Related)
  • Careless Driving (Pedestrian & Bicyclist Fatalities per 100,000 Population)
We translated all of this information into one Total Score, with the worst states receiving the lowest scores.
The chart above shows the 10 states with the worst (i.e., most dangerous) drivers. This is NOT something to be proud of. If you want to see how your state ranked in each category and scored overall, you can go to the link provided above.

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