Report: Montana Tops Worst Driver List for 2017
Drivers in Montana ranked as the worst drivers in the U.S. in the previous year, as the state scored low on four out of five categories, according to an analysis of CarInsuranceComparison.com.
CarInsuranceComparison based its rankings from the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data. It ranked each state in terms of fatality rate, failure to obey traffic rules and regulations, drunk driving, speeding and careless driving.
Montana’s overall ranking partly stemmed from having the most number of accidents caused by drivers’ failure to follow traffic rules. The state also had the second highest fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, while drunk driving accounted for 41% of car crashes. Speeding also caused 91 fatalities on the road.
However, the state ranked 29th in terms of careless driving. Mike Tooley, state transportation department director, said that fewer drivers have collided with pedestrians or pedal cyclists due to the installation of centerline and shoulder rumble strips in high-risk areas. Still, this paled in comparison to other states.
Idaho ranked as the state with the most careful drivers and Massachusetts tallied the lowest fatality rate, according to CarInsuranceComparison. Utah had the fewest drunk drivers, while drivers in Maryland were the most obedient. Iowa ranked as the state with the best drivers based on the five categories.
On the other hand, Florida drivers paid the most attention to speed limits on the road. Aside from road signs, traffic enforcement groups should invest in certain products such as a stalker radar gun for sale to improve their campaign on enforcing speed limits.
The analysis should be a wake-up call for states that ranked low on the list. While law enforcement agencies are responsible for upholding the law, drivers are just as accountable for observing road safety habits.