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U.S. States with the Most Traffic Fatalities

Name the states that have the most traffic fatalities per capita.
Rate = annual deaths per 100,000 residents.
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State
23.1
Mississippi
21.2
Wyoming
19.7
South Carolina
19.4
Alabama
18.2
New Mexico
17.7
Montana
17.6
Kentucky
16.7
West Virginia
16.7
Oklahoma
16.4
Arkansas
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level 72
Oct 16, 2019
Not much rhyme or reason to this, is there?
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level 76
Oct 16, 2019
It's the usual suspects from a lot of other quizzes. Also, rural states with windy roads and long distances to travel have higher per capita rates than traffic clogged, slow moving areas.
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level 63
Dec 16, 2019
Well, they are all red states, except for New Mexico. So, they have much lower test scores in schools, and a distrust of any sort of government laws telling them what to do (i.e. seatbelts, speed limits, anything that doesn't involve their uteruses, really.)
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level 67
Dec 16, 2019
Here’s a more important factor: most of these states are common routes for truck drivers and road trippers to travel through on the way to their destinations. Montana and Wyoming have a lot of difficult terrain. I can’t really explain South Carolina that well, but you get the point. There’s no need to suggest that it’s caused by people’s politics when there’s about 20 other more plausible explanations already available.
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level 69
Dec 16, 2019
Why are you bringing politics into a game site ? The quiz has nothing to do with politics. Please restrict you bias to other sites.
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level 54
Dec 16, 2019
tbolt - The point about attitudes towards regulations might have some bearing on why fatalities are higher, though.
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level 61
Dec 16, 2019
@bkemp2001 - I could make the same statement about those who tend to live in urban areas. Crime rates are much higher in urban areas. Isn't that proof of attitudes against regulations? Your statement doesn't make sense.
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level 63
Dec 16, 2019
Well, ignoring whether states are red or blue is kind of tough when one begs the question, what do these states have in common? Is it not true that a traditional Republican value was to have smaller government and less regulation? You know, Reagan's "scariest words in the English language" and the whole "my goal is to get government so small I can drown it in the bath water" thing (a weird metaphore for a pro-life group to espouse, but whatever). Wouldn't lack of regulation and a disregard for those regulations that do exist be something to look at when determining why they as a group have more traffic fatalities? Even if it is not the end answer, it should at least be considered, right? But, my apologies if I triggered you. And, perhaps pointing out the uterus thing was out of line, there. Sorry to have upset you.
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level 80
Dec 16, 2019
tbolt has been getting upset lately over people inserting political topics into quizzes that don't seem the most appropriate, especially if it involves Trump. It's not just you, don't worry :)
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level 77
Dec 16, 2019
Rural states with low population density and less money for infrastructure.
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level 65
Oct 21, 2019
Did you get this idea from my one live quiz, or do great minds think alike?
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level 76
Oct 21, 2019
You know how the news will jump on statistics like something needs to be done now?
"Our state leads the nation in [some negative thing]."
"State in bottom 10 nationally for [something positive]."
Do they just give up and report other stuff that's actual news to them in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and West Virginia?
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level 62
Dec 16, 2019
It really is amazing that Mississippi appears to be at the top of every list for which you don't want to be at the top. Even this one, where no particular reason comes to mind why Mississippi should be ahead of the others. It has five times Wyoming's population and still comes out worse on a per capita basis. The government there must really have its priorities out of order.
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level 72
Dec 6, 2019
Trump voters apparently can't drive!
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level 80
Dec 16, 2019
I know it's a joke but I'm pretty sure political affiliation has nothing to do with being a bad driver.
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level 63
Dec 16, 2019
Actually, I would argue that voting for a Trump-like figure, and also making the decision to not wear a seatbelt, drive drunk (or high. See opioid addiction statistics for Trump states) or play Candy Crush while driving may actually be symptoms of the same underlying problem.
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level 80
Dec 16, 2019
Well I only said that because the people I know who voted for Trump are averagely better drivers than the ones who didn't vote for him. Not by much though.
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level 77
Dec 16, 2019
I wouldn't be surprised if it actually did, and I'm not trying to say anything negative about one group or the other (not that I couldn't).. just that leaning conservative or liberal seems to be connected to genetics and a lot of other things as well, like, for example, predisposition toward feeling disgust or fear.
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level 73
Dec 16, 2019
I guess in Mississippi, driving is considered a contact sport.
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level 56
Dec 17, 2019
anyone check the speed limits compared to the national average in these states? I am pretty sure places in Wyoming and New Mexico have no or very high limits. Raising the speed limit 10 mph in other states led to an increase of more than 15% in yearly traffic fatalities.