Missouri listed among states with worst drivers

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Get behind the wheel in Missouri and you’re likely to experience inattentive drivers. Maybe you’re one of them.

According to USA Today, a survey from CarInsuranceComparison.com has listed Missouri among the states with the worst drivers. To reach these findings, the website tallies fatality rates per 100 million miles traveled. The site also look at traffic citations for failure to yield traffic signals, seat belts, DUIs and other traffic offenses. They get their information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Motorists Association and Mother Against Drunk Driving.

Among the states with the worst drivers, Missouri ranked seventh, tying with North Carolina. The No. 1 state turned out to be Louisiana.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation’s website, 826 people died on Missouri roads in 2012. Since 2005, when 1,257 people died on Missouri roads, a total of 7,616 people have lost their lives.

MoDOT reports that 69 percent of those fatalities were people who were not wearing their seatbelts.

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  • Manopolus

    Umm… that looks to me like evidence that MIzzou is more diligent in pursuing traffic offenses, and has higher speed roads per mile driven (which may actually only mean fewer traffic jams, if you think about it) — the speed of an accident is a primary driver of fatalities in case no one has noticed.

    None of the results you listed suggests necessarily that you should blame the people rather than the conditions.

  • Lana Butler

    All I can say is I was greatly relieved when I moved back to Missouri from Nebraska. Perhaps they are SAFER drivers, you don’t show the whole list, but they were as rude or as inattentive as Kansas drivers. Would be very interested in where both of these states fall. Every time I’ve been forced off the road, or forced to the next exit, or the next, it has been by a driver too rude or too self important to pay attention to the fact that my blinker is going…and attentive person that I am, they always seem to be from Kansas or Nebraska.

  • T

    Lana you are so right…I have only been to Nebraska once to see the Omaha zoo and they were the worst drivers I’ve ever seen! Also high on the list should be Iowa, I live in North Missouri and on Friday evening the Iowans flock to Kansas City going 90 mph!

  • dodge

    I learned to drive in maryland. I moved to kansas in 07 and im still adjusting to the way people drive here. Both sides of the line – ks and mo have equal craziness. Never been to la, but have been to ne and all i can say is im happy here.

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