This State Has the Worst Drivers in America

Keep your wits about you if you ever find yourself behind the wheel in this state.

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Country roads, city streets, or suburban lanes—no matter where you find yourself behind the wheel in the United States, you’ve likely encountered drivers who probably would be better off riding in the passenger’s seat. But when you look deeper, it's clear certain regions have worse drivers than others. There are a lot of qualities that define a bad driver, but we’ve honed in on four key metrics to determine the state with the worst drivers in America.

First, we found the number of car accident fatalities per capita (100,000 people) using data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System and state population numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau. Next, we looked at the Insurance Research Council’s study of uninsured drivers to tell us what percentage of residents drive without insurance in each state. After that, we factored in Background Checks' research on driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol to show which states have the most DUI arrests per capita. Finally, we used data collected by, oddly enough, a Honda dealership in Yonkers, New York to tell us how many speeding tickets each state issued. This data originally covered six years, so we averaged it and divided it by each state’s population to tell us roughly how many speeding tickets each state issued per capita per year. (There was missing legible data for 11 states, which we’ve indicated with “N/A”.)

We then gave each of the four metrics a weighted value before running them through our exclusive algorithm to see how each state scored on our 100-point scale Bad Driver Index.

Out of all regions of the country, northeastern states seem to have the best drivers: New York had the fewest fatalities per capita, Maine the fewest uninsured drivers, and Delaware the fewest DUI arrests per capita, with only the fewest speeding tickets per capita (Alaska) bucking the trend. Curious to know who’s worst behind the wheel? Read on to discover the state with the worst drivers in America and to see how your state scored in comparison. And for a ranking that could contribute to dangerous driving, This Is the Angriest State in America.

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Massachusetts

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 5.22

Portion of uninsured drivers: 6.2 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 140.71

Speeding tickets per capita: N/A

Bad Driver Index Score: 0.00

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Illinois

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 8.09

Portion of uninsured drivers: 13.7 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 98.59

Speeding tickets per capita: 83.21

Bad Driver Index Score: 8.66

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New York

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 4.83

Portion of uninsured drivers: 6.1 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 262.18

Speeding tickets per capita: 519.47

Bad Driver Index Score: 16.52

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Delaware

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 11.48

Portion of uninsured drivers: 11.4 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 44.29

Speeding tickets per capita: N/A

Bad Driver Index Score: 19.20

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Pennsylvania

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 9.29

Portion of uninsured drivers: 7.6 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 346.79

Speeding tickets per capita: 199.32

Bad Driver Index Score: 20.16

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Connecticut

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 8.23

Portion of uninsured drivers: 9.4 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 216.44

Speeding tickets per capita: N/A

Bad Driver Index Score: 20.18

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Virginia

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 9.63

Portion of uninsured drivers: 9.9 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 253.45

Speeding tickets per capita: 245.38

Bad Driver Index Score: 20.72

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Ohio

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 9.14

Portion of uninsured drivers: 12.4 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 152.28

Speeding tickets per capita: 466.07

Bad Driver Index Score: 26.17

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Rhode Island

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 5.58

Portion of uninsured drivers: 15.2 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 228.17

Speeding tickets per capita: N/A

Bad Driver Index Score: 26.66

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New Jersey

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 6.33

Portion of uninsured drivers: 14.9 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 219.64

Speeding tickets per capita: N/A

Bad Driver Index Score: 27.18

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Texas

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 12.69

Portion of uninsured drivers: 14.1 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 259.58

Speeding tickets per capita: 159.26

Bad Driver Index Score: 30.22

And for the place that is least hesitant to bend the rules, This Is the Most Corrupt State in America.

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West Virginia

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 16.28

Portion of uninsured drivers: 10.1 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 298.54

Speeding tickets per capita: 101.55

Bad Driver Index Score: 30.80

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Maine

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 10.24

Portion of uninsured drivers: 4.5 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 434.17

Speeding tickets per capita: 429.40

Bad Driver Index Score: 30.84

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Utah

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 8.22

Portion of uninsured drivers: 8.2 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 266.53

Speeding tickets per capita: 645.19

Bad Driver Index Score: 31.25

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Nebraska

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 11.92

Portion of uninsured drivers: 6.8 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 305.38

Speeding tickets per capita: 460.60

Bad Driver Index Score: 31.33

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Michigan

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 9.74

Portion of uninsured drivers: 20.3 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 265.07

Speeding tickets per capita: 99.29

Bad Driver Index Score: 32.46

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Colorado

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 11.10

Portion of uninsured drivers: 13.3 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 410.96

Speeding tickets per capita: 106.96

Bad Driver Index Score: 32.78

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Alaska

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 10.85

Portion of uninsured drivers: 15.4 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 429.03

Speeding tickets per capita: 4.94

Bad Driver Index Score: 32.81

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Minnesota

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 6.79

Portion of uninsured drivers: 11.5 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 362.35

Speeding tickets per capita: 487.04

Bad Driver Index Score: 33.34

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Maryland

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 8.29

Portion of uninsured drivers: 12.4 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 308.71

Speeding tickets per capita: N/A

Bad Driver Index Score: 33.79

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Oklahoma

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 16.61

Portion of uninsured drivers: 10.5 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 225.07

Speeding tickets per capita: 265.44

Bad Driver Index Score: 33.97

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Hawaii

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 8.24

Portion of uninsured drivers: 10.6 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 373.48

Speeding tickets per capita: N/A

Bad Driver Index Score: 34.90

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Kansas

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 13.88

Portion of uninsured drivers: 7.2 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 347.94

Speeding tickets per capita: 388.53

Bad Driver Index Score: 35.40

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Vermont

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 10.86

Portion of uninsured drivers: 6.8 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 418.37

Speeding tickets per capita: N/A

Bad Driver Index Score: 37.14

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California

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 9.01

Portion of uninsured drivers: 15.2 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 322.71

Speeding tickets per capita: 382.14

Bad Driver Index Score: 37.08

And for the place where people are least inhibited in the bedroom, This Is the Freakiest State in America.

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Missouri

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 15.03

Portion of uninsured drivers: 14 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 219.61

Speeding tickets per capita: 291.12

Bad Driver Index Score: 37.14

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Nevada

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 10.88

Portion of uninsured drivers: 10.6 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 364.51

Speeding tickets per capita: 430.13

Bad Driver Index Score: 37.62

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New Hampshire

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 10.84

Portion of uninsured drivers: 9.9 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 383.60

Speeding tickets per capita: N/A

Bad Driver Index Score: 40.77

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Idaho

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 13.17

Portion of uninsured drivers: 8.2 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 365.86

Speeding tickets per capita: 512.39

Bad Driver Index Score: 41.36

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Montana

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 17.13

Portion of uninsured drivers: 9.9 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 381.24

Speeding tickets per capita: 222.35

Bad Driver Index Score: 41.47

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North Dakota

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 13.81

Portion of uninsured drivers: 6.8 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 678.35

Speeding tickets per capita: 85.35

Bad Driver Index Score: 42.43

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Louisiana

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 16.48

Portion of uninsured drivers: 13.0 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 142.88

Speeding tickets per capita: N/A

Bad Driver Index Score: 42.82

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Iowa

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 10.08

Portion of uninsured drivers: 8.7 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 375.23

Speeding tickets per capita: 675.99

Bad Driver Index Score: 43.02

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Wisconsin

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 10.11

Portion of uninsured drivers: 14.3 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 425.26

Speeding tickets per capita: 394.30

Bad Driver Index Score: 44.18

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Alabama

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 19.50

Portion of uninsured drivers: 18.4 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 208.12

Speeding tickets per capita: 105.57

Bad Driver Index Score: 44.82

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Arizona

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 14.08

Portion of uninsured drivers: 12.0 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 291.52

Speeding tickets per capita: 536.00

Bad Driver Index Score: 45.63

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Kentucky

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 16.20

Portion of uninsured drivers: 11.5 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 423.13

Speeding tickets per capita: 268.83

Bad Driver Index Score: 46.42

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Indiana

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 12.82

Portion of uninsured drivers: 16.7 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 295.37

Speeding tickets per capita: 435.72

Bad Driver Index Score: 47.08

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Tennessee

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 15.38

Portion of uninsured drivers: 20.0 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 300.28

Speeding tickets per capita: 332.71

Bad Driver Index Score: 53.50

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North Carolina

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 13.84

Portion of uninsured drivers: 6.5 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 518.82

Speeding tickets per capita: 734.48

Bad Driver Index Score: 57.24

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Arkansas

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 17.12

Portion of uninsured drivers: 16.6 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 218.21

Speeding tickets per capita: N/A

Bad Driver Index Score: 57.82

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Washington

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 7.25

Portion of uninsured drivers: 17.4 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 430.19

Speeding tickets per capita: 801.68

Bad Driver Index Score: 59.31

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Florida

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 14.71

Portion of uninsured drivers: 26.7 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 150.98

Speeding tickets per capita: 479.50

Bad Driver Index Score: 59.63

And for the place where people can never seem to get enough, This Is the Greediest State in America.

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Georgia

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 14.30

Portion of uninsured drivers: 12.0 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 347.79

Speeding tickets per capita: 825.76

Bad Driver Index Score: 60.25

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Oregon

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 12.07

Portion of uninsured drivers: 12.7 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 369.46

Speeding tickets per capita: 1,112.35

Bad Driver Index Score: 69.24

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New Mexico

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 18.66

Portion of uninsured drivers: 20.8 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 459.67

Speeding tickets per capita: 361.28

Bad Driver Index Score: 71.31

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South Dakota

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 14.74

Portion of uninsured drivers: 7.7 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 721.93

Speeding tickets per capita: 811.35

Bad Driver Index Score: 75.54

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South Carolina

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 20.40

Portion of uninsured drivers: 9.4 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 344.48

Speeding tickets per capita: 1,105.68

Bad Driver Index Score: 78.07

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Wyoming

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 19.21

Portion of uninsured drivers: 7.8 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 676.1

Speeding tickets per capita: 1,037.55

Bad Driver Index Score: 90.04

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Mississippi

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Car accident fatalities per capita: 22.23

Portion of uninsured drivers: 23.7 percent

DUI arrests per capita: 462.21

Speeding tickets per capita: 817.44

Bad Driver Index Score: 100.00

And for the place that's greenest with envy, This Is the Most Jealous State in America.

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