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Five States with the Most Careless Drivers: Where does Colorado Rank?

portrait of shocked male driver closing face with handsColorado is a major destination for families during the holiday season as visitors to the state can engage in superb snow skiing as well as many other Christmas activities. As an example, the capital city of Colorado, Denver, offers many Christmas activities for the entire family. The Denver Botanic Gardens celebrates the season with more than a million Christmas lights illuminating the seventeen acres. The Denver Zoo offers more than 38 acres of light-adorned trees and grounds, even offering animated animal light displays, hot cider and roasted nuts. Many of Colorado’s popular ski destinations become veritable winter wonderlands during the Christmas season, featuring Christmas caroling, holiday parades, illuminated snow cats and fireworks. Both Vail and Lionshead villages feature tree lighting ceremonies and visits from Santa, while Breckenridge village offers tourists the opportunity to stay in a Victorian Christmas Village. These are just a few of the many holiday offerings for tourists and residents alike. With the many holiday activities, there will naturally be more vehicles on the roadways, and more vehicles on the roadways translates into more accidents.

Colorado’s Neighbors Make the Worst Driver’s List

Each year when the top ten states with the worst drivers list comes out, the states which did not make the list probably breathe a sigh of relief. This year’s list, thankfully, did not include Colorado, however during the holiday season, there is more to consider than whether your state made the worst drivers list. The state of New Mexico came in second as one of the states with the very worst drivers, the state of Texas came in 4th, and the state of Arizona came in 6th. Considering these three states are our “neighbors,” it stands to reason that more drivers from these states will be traveling to or through the state of Colorado during the holiday season. Further Reading: Does Bracing for Impact Help in an Accident?

How the Rankings are Determined

The state rankings are obtained by using statistics made available by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each state is ranked according to the following: fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, failure of drivers to obey traffic signals or wear seat belts, drivers who drive with suspended driver’s licenses, percentage of fatal crashes involving impaired drivers, percentage of fatal crashes involving speeding, and pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities per 100,000 population. The state of Arizona ranked 3rd across the nation for the number of incidences of careless driving and 7th for failure to obey traffic signals or wear seat belts. The state of Texas ranked 6th for the number of impaired drivers on the roadways, and, in fact, made it in to the top 20 for every single negative driving category. New Mexico, which borders Colorado, ranked 5th for the number of careless drivers in the state, and ranked 10th for the number of impaired drivers on the roadways. The state of Montana took the dubious honor of having the worst drivers in the entire nation. Montana ranked number one in the number of fatalities per 100 million miles traveled, 6th in the number of careless drivers and 8th in failure to obey traffic signals or wear seat belts. South Carolina tied with New Mexico for the number 2 spot, and Louisiana came in at number 5.

The Best Predictors of States with Bad Drivers

Careless driving is considered the best predictor of a state with bad drivers. Careless driving can include distracted driving habits, such as talking on a cell phone, texting, eating while driving, watching what is happening on the side of the road, or turning around to see what the children are doing in the back seat. Speed was considered to be a contributing element of nearly 29 percent of all fatal crashes in 2013, and, by and large, speeders are also more likely to ignore seat belt laws, use their cell phone and drive while impaired. And, by the way, if you are wondering where Colorado ranked in the worst driver list, here are the results. The state of Colorado ranked 18th overall, ranking 29th per 100,000 million miles driven, 2nd for failure to obey traffic signals and wear seat belts, 21st for driving while impaired, 26th for speeding, and 33rd for careless driving. Help make this holiday season a safer one by keeping Colorado off the worst drivers list, and driving safely.

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