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Study examines which states have the best, worst drivers

As you've made your way across New York's many streets, highways and freeways, you have more than likely witnessed a wide array of otherwise questionable driving behaviors, including speeding, failing to obey posted traffic signs, and talking/texting on a cell phone to name only a few. After witnessing such behavior, you probably thought to yourself that our state has the worst drivers in the entire United States.

As it turns out, this is quite far from the truth.

A recent study by the website Car Insurance sought to determine once and for all which states have the best and worst drivers in the nation. Researchers were able to accomplish this by creating a ranking system that took the following statistics into account: driving fatalities (courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), traffic violations (courtesy of the American Motorists Association) and drunk driving figures (Mothers Against Drunk Driving).

Which states then had the worst drivers?

Louisiana was determined to be the state with the worst drivers in the nation, followed by Missouri, Texas, Florida, and Oklahoma.

Which states had the best drivers?

Researchers found that Rhode Island had the best drivers in the nation, followed (in order) by Connecticut, Massachusetts, Virginia, and New Hampshire.

As for New York, it earned a respectable ranking of 29, meaning it has a significant number of good drivers. Specifically, the Empire State earned high scores for low traffic fatalities per million miles, low drunk driving numbers and low careless driving figures. However, it did lose points for traffic violations issued and failure to obey posted traffic signs.

Stay tuned for more from our New York traffic law blog ...

If you or a loved one has received a speeding ticket or other traffic violation, don't just dismiss it.

Instead, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.


Car Insurance, "Which states have the worst drivers" Nov. 2011

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