Where are the country’s deadliest drivers? The Daily Beast analyzes the statistics to figure out what states are worst when it comes to traffic safety.
Forget talking while driving, one of the most prevalent threats to safety on the road is texting. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, states should pass laws to ban the use of electronic devices while driving. But, while distracted driving accounts for 16 percent of fatalities, drunken driving is responsible for nearly double the fatal crashes every year.
To get a state-by-state picture of where the most careless, distracted, and drunk drivers reside, The Daily Beast turned to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s most recent statistics on traffic fatalities. States were considered based on the number of fatalities per miles driven and fatalities per capita, which each accounted for 45 percent of the final weight. Ten percent of the final score was derived from the percentage of drivers that use seatbelts.