Which state has worse drivers: Alabama or Georgia?

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 16, 2013 

Veterans Parkway traffic, both northbound and southbound, through the intersection with Moon Road to the left, and Williams Road to the right.

ROBIN TRIMARCHI — rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.com

A new study by carinsurancecomparison.com tackles a question most drivers ask themselves constantly: is my state home to the worst drivers? For many, it often feels that way, but the truth is more exact.

Compiling information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Motorists Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and others, the site ranked each state in five categories:

• Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled

• Failure to Obey (Traffic Signals + Seat Belts)

• Drunk Driving

• Tickets

• Careless Driving

So now the most important question: does Alabama or Georgia have worse drivers?

The answer: Alabama, which ranks fifth in the Top 10 states with the worst drivers. As the study notes, the state is mostly hampered by its new careless driving ranking, which dropped from seventh last year to 36th. It still ranks 49th for ticketing in the country.

Its full rankings are:

• Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled: 40th

• Failure to Obey: 41st

• Drunk Driving: 26th

• Tickets: 49th

• Careless Driving: 36th

Georgia, meanwhile, ranks 15th (even given the notorious slog of the metro area commute). The state has a superb drunk driving ranking (fifth in the country, behind only Utah, Kentucky, Kansas and Iowa). Ironically, its worst ranking is ticketing. It ranks one behind Alabama as the worst state in the country.

Georgia's full rankings are:

• Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled: 28th

• Failure to Obey: 46th

• Drunk Driving: 5th

• Tickets: 50th

• Careless Driving: 29th

The worst state anywhere? For the second year in a row, it's Louisiana.

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