Ranking the states with the worst drivers: Red states win.

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My contacts over at The Daily Beast sent a link to this article in an e-mail. How amusing:

What was more surprising: how the breakdown between states with more dangerous drivers and safer drivers fell almost completely along the lines of the 2008 McCain-Obama election, with the Republicans again coming up on the short end. Nine of the 10 worst-performing states went for McCain, while nine of the 10 best performers voted for Obama. (Delaware and Mississippi were the respective outliers.)

While this ranking won’t singlehandedly end the stereotypes about “California drivers” or “New York drivers,” it should help: “Louisiana driver” or “Kentucky driver” would be a more apt critique. And who’s the worst of all?

Answer: North Dakota.

Funny, red states are also tops in crime gun suppliers. Coincidence? I don't think so.

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  • MrDak

    It looks to me like the scores for DUI and such are rankings. i.e. ND is #1 out of 50 states in percentage of fatal accidents caused due to 'Failure to obey traffic signs or signals'. #1 being 'worst' in this case. CT scored way down at the bottom in all three categories meaning a much lower percentage of fatal accidents were able to be blamed on driver error. I'm always a little suspect, though, of simple rankings when I can't get a good look at the data behind them.

  • chris

    This CT driver says I don't think so... or I'm not understanding the rankings.
    CT:
    Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs: 39 out of 50
    Failure to obey traffic signs or signals: 41 out of 50
    Careless or inattentive driving: 47 out of 50
    ND:
    Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs: 18 out of 50
    Failure to obey traffic signs or signals: 1 out of 50
    Careless or inattentive driving: 6 out of 50

    What am I missing here?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GELCBWDWCGV4Q2AAPS44ERKWOI DSG

    This Massachusetts driver says thanks.