Montana named state with worst drivers in study

A 2017 car insurance study named Montana the state with the worst drivers.

A new study using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows Montana has the worst drivers in the country. This is the third time in four years Montana has topped the list.

“It’s not a good category to win, if you want to call it that,” said Montana Highway Patrol Captain Mark Wilfore. conducted the research, drawing on the most recent data from the NHTSA’s 2015 crash statistics. The rankings focused on five categories: failure to obey, fatality rate, drunk driving, speeding and careless driving.

Wilfore told NBC Montana MHP is looking to crack down on failure to obey. According to the study Montana takes the top spot. The data shows 41 deadly collisions involving a driver without a valid license, 59 fatal crashes caused by a driver ignoring traffic signals and 114 people killed as a result of not wearing a seat belt.

In terms of fatality rate, Montana ranks second worst in the country. For every 100 million miles traveled there were about two fatalities. Wilfore told NBC Montana this year’s numbers show a promising trend, though.

According to MHP, there’s been a decrease in deaths on Montana highways in the past two years -- going from 224 in 2015 to 186 in 2017.

When it comes to drunk driving, Montana ranks fourth worst in the country, with 41 percent of fatal collisions involving an impaired driver. As for speeding, Montana comes in at 45th in the country, since 91 deaths on the road were caused by high speeds.

“We’ll just continue our enforcement process,” Wilfore said. “And hopefully get out of the top 10.”

For more information on the rankings, click here.

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