Despite the reputation of New York drivers, a recent study found that the Empire State has some of the safest roads in the nation. The Auto Insurance Center (AIC) conducted a thorough breakdown of the deadliest driving conditions from 2005 to 2015. The data was culled from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s fatal accident reporting system and examined the various causes of deadly crashes, including reckless driving, road rage, drunk driving, speeding, and even weather.
The data only included accidents that resulted in fatalities; the total number of accidents and citations for dangerous traffic violations was not factored into the ranking.
When looking at fatalities resulting from reckless and careless driving, New York was the second-safest state, after Virginia. New York also ranked No. 2 (below Massachusetts) for least amount of drunk driving fatalities, and No. 4 for the fewest speeding and racing-related fatalities.
This isn’t the first time New York has received high marks for its drivers. Last year, the state was ranked fourth for least number of teens arrested for DWI by WalletHub. The same study recognized New York for having some the most comprehensive driving laws in the U.S. Those laws are especially important considering the state is also recognized for having some of the angriest drivers, with New Yorkers being 30% more likely to commit acts of road rage than those in other parts of the country.
Any driving behavior that puts other drivers or pedestrians at risk can be considered reckless driving. Reckless driving is a crime and a conviction could mean spending up to 30 days in jail, plus paying nearly $400 in fines and incurring 5 points on your license. This is in addition to the fines and points from any other charges leveled against you.
If you or a loved one has been charged with reckless driving, drunk driving, speeding, or any other traffic related offense in New York, contact an attorney right away to protect your rights and minimize the consequences. The lawyers of the Rosenblum Law Firm are experienced traffic attorneys who are experienced in fighting reckless driving and many other traffic offenses. Call 888-203-2619 or email the Rosenblum Law Firm for a free consultation about your case today.