The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (AHAS) just released a comprehensive report which ranks each state by the effectiveness of their traffic safety laws, according to a recent report by the Huffington Post. The report compares accident statistics with enforcement of traffic safety laws.
For instance, states that enforce seatbelt requirements as a primary offense reported lower traffic fatalities. New Hampshire, one of the least safe states according to the AHAS report, has no seat belt requirements at all.
States were evaluated based on their adoption of 15 safety considerations predetermined by AHAS, which include restrictions on driving while texting, teen driving and driving without a seatbelt. Illinois and Oregon are by far the safest states with 12 of the 15 criteria met; however, many states still permit very dangerous driving practices. For instance, in Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delware, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming drivers can legally drive with open containers in the car. Moreover, in Mississippi drivers can legally drink while operating a motor vehicle as long as their BAC remains under the legal limit.
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[Did You Know: According to the AHAS report, 3.5 million people have died in car crashes in the U.S. since 1899.]
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Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/01/22/the-11-most-dangerous-states-for-drivers/, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/24/open-container-law_n_4653013.html , https://www.dropbox.com/s/5rzrum6g2d1b5s0/2014%20Roadmap%20Report%20FINAL.pdf