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December 17, 2013

Out-of-staters often complain about “Jersey drivers” -- even drivers from as far away as New York and Philadelphia seem to think they’re superior. Well, it turns out, that's not the case. New Jersey fares pretty well in a recent study of the worst drivers by state.

Car Insurance Comparison.com looked at a number of objective statistics and ranked New Jersey 32nd for worst drivers. How did our neighboring states fare? Not so well, since New York rated 22 and Pennsylvania 15.

The study looked at five categories: fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled; accidents and fatalities that involved a failure to obey traffic signals and seat belt use; drunk driving statistics; tickets; and careless driving. New Jersey’s worst rating was related to careless driving followed by tickets. Which state rated the worst in the country? Louisiana, followed by South Carolina, Mississippi, Texas, and Alabama. The best? Vermont, followed by Utah, New Hampshire, Minnesota, and Oregon.

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