15 States with the Most Dangerous Drivers # 14 Rhode Island The most drunk-driving fatalities

U.S. traffic fatalities are on the rise, but it turns out that some states shoulder more blame than others. Using data obtained from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) for 2017, Car Insurance Comparison ranked all 50 states from most dangerous to least, based on:

  • The fatality rate per 100 million miles traveled
  • The number of fatalities resulting from the failure to obey traffic laws, drunk driving, speeding, and careless driving

For a tiny state, Rhode Island has a tragically high rate of drunk-driving fatalities per capita. It also has the third highest number of fatalities relating to failure to obey traffic laws and speeding. This “triple threat” makes it the 14th worst driving state, despite the fact that it has relatively few total traffic fatalities; only Massachusetts has fewer.

The complete results of the study provide rankings for each state plus the Washington, D.C., but these are the highlights.