November 9th, 2011 | City

Conn. has second safest drivers, study says

A car going 60 miles per hour smashed into a pole outside Pierson College, coming within inches of hitting a student.
A car going 60 miles per hour smashed into a pole outside Pierson College, coming within inches of hitting a student. Photo by James Lu.

Though a car traveling at 60 miles per hour rammed into a pole on Park Street outside Pierson College last night, Connecticut’s drivers are among the best in the nation, according to rankings released Wednesday by CarInsuranceComparison.com.

The ranking factors in how many driving-related fatalities a state records, how many tickets a state issues and how many citations for drunk or careless driving a state issues. It takes data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the American Motorists Association and Mothers Against Drunk Driving into account.

The states with the worst drivers were Louisiana, Missouri and Texas. More rankings below:

BEST DRIVERS

  1. Rhode Island
  2. Connecticut
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Virginia
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Oregon
  7. Maine
  8. Illinois
  9. Nebraska
  10. Ohio


WORST DRIVERS

  1. Louisiana
  2. Missouri
  3. Texas
  4. Florida
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Arizona
  7. Kentucky
  8. Montana
  9. Alabama
  10. South Carolina

  • claypoint2

    Looks more or less like a list of blue states v. red states… which makes sense if you think about how good driving is correlated with a sense of social responsibility, and how attitudes toward social responsibility (versus an emphasis on individual rights and liberties) differ between the parties.

  • SK Mitchell

    The rest of Connecticut’s drivers must be /really/ safe to cancel out New Haven.

  • YLS

    Nice catch, claypoint2. Actually, though, the data map far better onto states’ average education levels. NH, NE, VA, and OH hardly count as blue states.

    The YDN should have compared rates by city. New Haven drivers are categorically the worst I’ve ever dealt with in the US.