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For the third time in four years, Montana drivers have been rated the worst in the nation.

LARRY MAYER, Gazette Staff

For the third time in four years, Montana drivers have achieved a dubious distinction.

For 2017, Montana drivers were once again ranked worst in the nation — just as they were in 2014 and 2015, according to the website

Montana’s worst-in-the-nation rating included rankings of first in failure to obey, second in fatalities, fourth in drunk driving, sixth in speeding and 29th in careless driving, the website states.

"All of our data is sourced from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,” said Josh Barnes, project manager for, “because we believe using verified facts helps us determine the true worst state for driving.”

The annual study incorporates five rankings:

  • Fatality rate.
  • Failure to obey, including the number of road fatalities involving the failure to use safety restraints as well as driving with an invalid license and ignoring traffic signals.
  • Drunk driving.
  • Speeding.
  • Careless driving.

The states with the worst drivers:

  • 10: North Dakota
  • 9: Delaware
  • 8: North Carolina
  • 7: New Mexico
  • 6: South Carolina
  • 5: Nevada
  • 4: Texas
  • 3: Louisiana
  • 2: Arizona
  • 1: Montana

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million injured each year from motor vehicle crashes in the United States. One in three crash deaths in the U.S. involves drunk driving, and almost one in three involves speeding.



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