Utah drivers not the worst, after all

Utah drivers not the worst, after all

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SALT LAKE CITY — Next time you are ready to complain about how awful Utah drivers are, you may want to hold your tongue.

Using data on traffic fatalities, failure to obey traffic rules and drunk driving, CarInsuranceComparison.com determined that Utah drivers are among the best drivers in the nation overall, second only to Vermont.

The data came from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Motorists Association, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Utah had the cleanest record for drunk driving incidents in the United States. The Beehive State also ranked 12th for failure to obey traffic signals and seat belt laws. For fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, Utah ranked 14th in the nation. Tickets and careless driving were its highest rankings, coming in 20th and 23rd place, respectively.


The South fared poorly, with seven states in the region placing in the 10 worst. Louisiana came in as the worst in the nation, coming in 48th in the careless driving category. Its “best ranking factor” was drunk driving, coming in at 38th.

From there, South Carolina, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama and Florida followed, with North Carolina and Missouri tying for seventh. Montana and North Dakota were ranked as the ninth and 10th worst.

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