Statistics of Safety. Buckle up.

Well, folks, the numbers are in.

The awesomely named “Center for Excellence in Rural Safety,” based out of the University of Minnesota, has released a list of the states with the most dangerous rural driving (based on the highest percentages of traffic fatalities occurring on rural roads).
Trust the sign: photo by Mrflip on flickr.com
Trust the sign: photo by Mrflip on flickr.com

July 3 and 4 are the most dangerous days of the year to drive, and, although only a small minority of Americans live in rural areas, the majority of highway deaths occur on rural roads. The reason for this, says CERS, is because the type of accidents that happen on rural roads (head-on collisions, and driving off the roadway) are very dangerous, and because “rural roads, with lighter traffic and pleasant scenery, can easily lull drivers into a false sense of security.”

Here is a portion of the list. Also included are the most frequent reasons for driver distraction in each state.
1) Maine (Trees)

2) North Dakota (Ennui)

3) South Dakota (Buffalo sightings)

4) Iowa (Disorientation)

4) Vermont (Fall colors)

5) Montana (UFOs)

6) Wyoming (Loneliness)
7) South Carolina (Sea monsters)

8) Mississippi (Mildew)

9) Arkansas (Arkansas)

10) West Virginia (Vague nostalgia)

15) Minnesota (An accurate feeling of personal superiority)

18) Wisconsin (Proximity to Minnesota)

Anyhow, if you must leave your house this week, drive safely. And, if you can’t drive yet, repeatedly ask your parents to drive safely.

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