Missouri Drivers Rank Among the Worst in New Study

Missouri Drivers Rank Among the Worst in New Study
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“I don’t believe that Missouri drivers as a whole are unsafe drivers in any form or fashion,” said Sgt. John Luechenhoff of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The sergeant isn’t dismissing a new ranking of states with the worst drivers conducted by financial technology firm SmartAsset, but he feels it doesn’t tell the whole story about Missouri.

“It is factual that over the last couple of years, there has been an increase in fatalities in our state. But the most important thing is that a single fatality is too many. We never want anyone to lose their life in the state of Missouri, and for the last 11 years, we’ve been under 1000 fatalities in our state,” said Luechenhoff.

According to the SmartAsset study, Missouri jumped from being ranked 11th to tied for 3rd with California, in states with the worst drivers. Those rankings take into account fatalities per 100 million miles driven, drunken driving arrests, the number of uninsured motorists, and traffic ticket internet searches. Luechenhoff believes a lot of those issues can be solved by Missourians with willpower.

“It’s a simple fix to get in your car and commit yourself to driving safely at all times,” said Luechenhoff.

Link to the study: https://smartasset.com/checking-account/states-with-the-worst-drivers-2018-edition