The plot thickens. Some studies — never mind late-night comics — rate New Jersey drivers poorly. You’ve heard the jokes.
But now comes evidence that whatever we’re doing on all our clogged highways, at all those challenging roundabouts and toll plazas, we’re doing it quite well. Using the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2017 traffic fatality data and U.S. Census estimates, the home security website safesmartliving.com ranked the safest and most dangerous states to drive in. Result? New Jersey ranked as the fourth safest state in 2017. The top three were New York, Massachusetts, and Minnesota. Connecticut ranked eighth safest and Pennsylvania 12th. Mississippi ranked as the most dangerous, followed by Wyoming and South Carolina. California had the most traffic fatalities (3,602) in 2017 and Vermont had the fewest (69).