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Louisiana takes top spot for state with the worst drivers

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Drivers zooming down the interstate or switching lanes as they are preoccupied with something other than focusing on the road have made us all at one point or another ask the question, "does _______ have the worst drivers in the country?" Based on statistics from several sources, CarInsuranceCompanies.com released their recent findings on Dec. 16, 2013.

The information used was from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Motorist Association, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. CarInsuranceCompanies.com took scores from five categories and converted them into one total score.

The categories used are:

  • Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled
  • Failure to Obey (Traffic Signals and Seat belts)
  • Drunk Driving
  • Tickets
  • Careless Driving

The higher the score, the worse off for the state. With a total score of 220, Louisiana drivers took the number one spot for worst drivers for the second year in a row. Careless drivers are what helped Louisiana drivers climb to the top of the list, followed by failure to obey and tickets.

Here is the list of states from worst to best.

  1. Louisiana
  2. South Carolina
  3. Mississippi
  4. Texas
  5. Alabama
  6. Florida
  7. Missouri
  8. North Carolina
  9. Montana
  10. North Dakota
  11. Oklahoma
  12. Nevada
  13. Tennessee
  14. Georgia
  15. Pennsylvania
  16. Arizona
  17. Arkansas
  18. Maryland
  19. California
  20. Ohio
  21. Illinois
  22. New York
  23. Wisconsin
  24. Kentucky
  25. Hawaii
  26. Colorado
  27. Wyoming
  28. Delaware
  29. Indiana
  30. New Mexico
  31. South Dakota
  32. New Jersey
  33. Nebraska
  34. West Virginia
  35. Michigan
  36. Virginia
  37. Idaho
  38. Kansas
  39. Washington
  40. Rhode Island
  41. Alaska
  42. Massachusetts
  43. Iowa
  44. District of Columbia
  45. Connecticut
  46. Maine
  47. Oregon
  48. Minnesota
  49. New Hampshire
  50. Utah
  51. Vermont

Go here to see how the numbers added up for each state.

Vice president of CarInsurance.com, says the ranking generates lots of conversation and some heated debates. Some people may think their state should be at the top of the list of worst drivers, while others thinks theirs should be at the bottom.

What place did your state finish in? For me, it was number one and I have to agree with the high number of careless drivers.

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