Montana Has The Worst Drivers
The study, released by CarInsuranceComparison.com, ranks the worst state as No.1 – that’s Montana, and the safest driving state – Minnesota – as 51st. Montana retained its dubious title from last year of having the worst drivers, as ranked for several categories of traffic fatalities by CarInsuranceComparison.com, a site that allows people to compare insurance companies. Big Sky Country ranks tops for speeding, sixth for careless driving and eighth for failure to obey traffic laws. If you live in Montana, we strongly recommend you to use at least one free car insurance quote for each major carrier before signing any contract.
“Montana has the potentially deadly combination of high speed limits and severe winter weather that could really be driving up fatality rates,” said Tyler Spraul, who directed the study for the web site.
As the number of fatalities rose 8% during the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period a year earlier, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind urged states to do more to discourage drunken and distracted driving, and encourage the use of seat belts and motorcycle helmets.
“It really is time for our nation to get serious about the epidemic of death that is on our roadways,” Rosekind told reporters Tuesday.
States with the worst drivers are: Montana, South Carolina and New Mexico tied for second, Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, Hawaii and North Dakota tied for seventh, Delaware, and Mississippi, according to the CarInsuranceComparison study.
Among the categories studied, the top-ranked states were: Montana for fatalities per million vehicle miles traveled, Louisiana for failure to obey traffic signals, seat-belt laws and having a driver’s license, North Dakota for drunken driving, New Hampshire for speeding and Florida for careless driving.
Montana, South Carolina and Texas were the only states to finish among the 15 worst in four out of five categories.
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