Maryland drivers ranked 18th worst in the nation

Multiple insurance companies, websites, and tests show that the Maryland the rest of the DC metro area are some of the worst places to drive. Photo: Police attend to a car accident victim (AP)

WASHINGTON, December 20, 2013 — This week, Maryland was ranked 18th for “Worst Drivers in the Nation” by the website. Virginia was ranked 36th, while Washington DC was ranked 44th, making them significantly safer for driving than Maryland. The ranking system has 51 entries, for the 50 states and the District of Columbia. (Apparently US Territories such as Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands were not included).

According to the website, the rankings are “based on statistics pulled from several sources, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Motorists Association, and Mothers Against Drink Driving.”

The website gave scores on each of the following categories, and then one aggregate score:

  • Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled
  • Failure to Obey (Traffic Signals + Seat Belts)
  • Drunk Driving
  • Tickets
  • Careless Driving

Maryland received the following scores: 10 in Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled; 14 in Failure to Obey (Traffic Signals + Seat Belts); 33 in Drunk Driving; 47 in Tickets; and 42 in Careless Driving.

The scores are explained by the website, “The higher the score, the worse off the states were. For example, the state with the most Careless Driving, Florida, got a 51 on the scale (District of Columbia is included in the rankings). The higher the score in each category, the worse the drivers, and the higher your state’s car insurance rates could be.”

In 2011, the Baltimore Sun reported “The state’s drivers scored third from the bottom this year in an annual written test of knowledge of the rules of the road, according to GMAC Insurance.

“Maryland drivers placed 49th out of 51 in the company’s seventh annual National Driver’s Test, with a score of 73.3 percent, trailing only Hawaii (73 percent) and the basement-dwelling District of Columbia.” piles on with more bad news, “A new report by Allstate Insurance Company was good news for many major urban centers across the United States, but bad news for two: Maryland and Washington D.C. are considered by the insurance company to be at a much higher risk of having a vehicle crash than those living anywhere else.

“Of the 200 cities studied, Washington D.C. received the lowest ranking of 195. Baltimore was ranked at 194, the second lowest slot on the list and only slightly better than those in D.C.

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“According to the report D.C. residents go about 4.7 years between accidents and Baltimore residents only go a bit longer between accidents, with 5.3 years.”

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Rahat Husain

Rahat Husain has been working as a columnist since 2013 when he joined the Communities. With an interest in America and Islam, Rahat is a prolific writer on contemporary and international issues.


In addition to writing for the Communities, Rahat Husain is an Attorney based in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. He is the Director of Legal and Policy Affairs at UMAA Advocacy. For the past six years, Mr. Husain has worked with Congressmen, Senators, federal agencies, think tanks, NGOs, policy institutes, and academic experts to advocate on behalf of Shia Muslim issues, both political and humanitarian. UMAA hosts one of the largest gatherings of Shia Ithna Asheri Muslims in North America at its annual convention.


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