Report: R.I. second safest state for drivers

RHODE ISLAND ranked as the second safest state for drivers according to Safewise. /COURTESY SAFEWISE
RHODE ISLAND ranked as the second safest state for drivers according to Safewise. /COURTESY SAFEWISE

PROVIDENCE – Northeast cities are a safe place to drive.

SafeWise released a report today that ranks Rhode Island as the second safest state for drivers. The study considered fatalities per 1,000 drivers based on information released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety from the latest traffic data collected by the u.s. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

Rhode Island ranked second only to Massachusetts with only .49 fatalities per 1,000 drivers to the Bay State’s .48 per 1,000 drivers. This is compared with New Mexico and North Dakota which the report showed as the most dangerous states for drivers, with 203 and 256 fatalities per 1,000 drivers, respectively.

The report also showed that Rhode Island had the third least speeding fatalities per 1,000 residents and the fewest drunk driving fatalities per 1,000 residents. The study concludes that New England, despite its reputation, is the safest area of the U.S. to drive.

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Chris Bergenheim is a PBN staff writer