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Friday, September 28, 2018

Rhode Island Ranked Among States with the Most Dangerous Drivers

Why are drunk driving rates so high in Rhode Island?

Rhode Island is a picturesque state known for its pristine beaches, fresh seafood, and close knit communities.  As the smallest state in terms of size in the United States, you would not expect Rhode Island to rank high among the list of most dangerous drivers, but an alarming new study suggests otherwise.  Car Insurance Comparison ranked all 50 states from most to least dangerous based on data released from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The study included analysis of the fatality rate per 100 million miles traveled, as well as the number of fatalities caused by drunk driving, speeding, failure to obey traffic laws, and careless driving.  Our Providence personal injury lawyers discuss the results of the study and Rhode Island’s drunk driving problem below.

Rhode Island Ranked 14th Worst Driving State

Rhode Island has an alarmingly high rate of drunk driving fatalities.  In 2017, the state experienced 83 traffic related fatalities, a large jump from the 51 traffic deaths reports in 2016. A large number of these deaths are related to drunk driving.  In fact, controlling for population, the state has the most drunk driving fatalities in the union. In addition, per NHTSA data, Rhode Island has the third highest number of fatalities stemming from the failure of drivers to obey traffic laws and death due to excessive speed.  All factors considered, the state is ranked the 14th worst driving state.

Reasons Behind the Increase in Intoxicated Drivers

The reason for the rise in intoxicated driving fatalities is unclear.  Rhode Island takes drunk driving seriously, but drivers do not seem to be responding to the possibility of prison time.  Drivers on a national level similarly seem to persist in drinking and driving. This is despite the fact that ride share services like Uber and Lyft have made it easier than ever before for drivers to get a sober ride home.  

Drivers in Rhode Island and elsewhere across the nation should refrain from ever drinking and driving.  Drivers should plan ahead if they intend to drink away from home, potentially using a taxi, friend, or ride sharing program to get back.  Anyone who has been injured in an accident with a suspected drunk driver should consult with a personal injury attorney right away.




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