Next time someone criticizes New Jersey drivers, tell them they can look it up. Using objective criteria from the U.S. Department of Transportation, New Jersey was ranked 7th among states for best drivers by carinsurancecomparison.com. (Actually, the site ranked it 45th for worst drivers.)
The website used five statistics collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to determine a state’s ranking: fatality rates per miles driven; failure to obey driving laws; drunk driving; speeding; and careless driving. New Jersey’s worst ranking for those criteria was careless driving, at 21. Its best was fatalities per vehicle miles driven, at 48.
Minnesota ranked best in this comparison. Montana ranked worst. New York (22), Connecticut (tied at 22), and Massachusetts (10) all ranked behind New Jersey.