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New York drivers' safety rating lower than last year

Over the past several months, New York legislators, municipal officers and law enforcement have implemented many programs designed to crack down on specific vehicular violations. CITE vehicles now cruise state roads searching for drivers using mobile devices while behind the wheel, slow zones abound in New York City to nab speeders and consequences for those found driving while intoxicated remain some of the strictest in the nation.

An article in a recent media publication detailed some of the findings from a report compiled by CarInsuranceComparison.com. The report rates drivers in all 50 states based upon careless driving and traffic fatality rates and the number of traffic citations, DUI arrests, and instances of failure to obey either seatbelt laws or traffic signals. Based upon the results, New York drivers are noted as the 22nd worst in the nation while our New Jersey neighbors are the 32nd worst. In 2012, New York and New Jersey were rated 29th and 39th respectively, noting a decline in the past year.

Vermont and Louisiana drivers were found to be the best and worst drivers in the nation, respectively. The lower rating for New York drivers may work to fuel the efforts of local laws to continue focusing on ways to reduce drunk driving or other traffic violations as a means to increase safety for all on our roadways.

If you receive a traffic citation or are arrested for driving under the influence, you might want to make an appointment with a qualified traffic attorney. The right professional can often help provide you with a thorough defense even against strong New York laws.

Source: New York Daily News, “New York, New Jersey drivers better than Southern counterparts, listing shows,” Edgar Sandoval and Bill Hutchinson, December 16, 2013.

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