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Which county has the worst drivers? Is it yours?

Published: Monday, April 9 2012 3:29 p.m. MDT

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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Total County Highway Safety Ranking:19.8

Fatal Crash Rate per VMT Rank: 11
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Western Rover
HERRIMAN, UT

It would be interesting to know how the (study?) dealt with crashes in one county by drivers from another county. Many of the photos appeared to be freeway crashes, so one can easily imagine a resident of one county causing a wreck in a second county while on the way to a third. How were they counted?

ruraljohnboy
Duchesne, UT

Yep, that's the flaw with this study. Is it the county with the worst drivers or the worst road conditions? There is no indication of county residency in the study so the crashers could be tourists and travelers on Hwy 40. It's not the locals who run into me -- they all know where I turn. ;-)

Caprice
PROVIDENCE, UT

This is a fascinating article. I was equally as interested in the Total Highway Safety Ranking as I was by the Fatal Crash Rate per VMT ranking. Obviously road conditions are an important factor, as well as tourists and visitors. Considering all the elements involved, I think this was a very worthwhile study. If nothing else, it surely makes us stop and think about the possibilities of accidents wherever we are.

tenx
Santa Clara, UT

Worst stretch of road for some unknown reason is mile 20 to 45 on I-15. Let's expand the survey to the worst country drivers. Hands down it has to be Iran.

Me, Myself and I
Blanding, UT

Makes me wonder if they figured in out of county drivers in accidents in a given county, as well as out of state. I know at least as of late in San Juan county the majority of the fatal and other serious accidents have been out of state drivers. Most of which were from Colorado.

DeltaFoxtrot
West Valley, UT

I've driven in some 20 states... I must say Utah has the absolute WORST drivers. They are completely oblivious to other vehicles around them... and I honestly think many of them are truly afraid to be behind the wheel.

Acegrace
Lilburn, GA

All big cities seem to have the same problems. We have a lot of inconsidered and incompetent drivers in Atlanta too.

When I grew up near Jackson Hole, we dreaded Utah plates in our path because they seemed to be oblivious or in a big hurry all the time. Then I moved to Georgia and found out it's here too. :)

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