Reader's Digest Names Best, Worst, Deadliest American Roads Page 2

March 15, 2010

Scenic road in Carmel, California

The article states, "Although Montana appears at No. 3 on the Best Roads list (good infrastructure, little congestion), it tops the Deadliest list in part because of drivers who drink, drive recklessly, or shun seat belts."

Among the "Worst Roads" are Louisiana roads in general, but I-55 and I-12 east of Baton Rouge are particularly dangerous, the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-78 and I-80), I-95 over the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey/New York and the Will Rogers Turnpike (I-44) in Oklahoma.

The "Best Roads" list was determined by the latest data from the Federal Highway Administration, while the "Deadliest Roads" were calculated using a simple ranking of fatalities per 100 million miles driven. The story also offers simple solutions that legislators and local highway officials can implement to fix the problem. Complete statistics, as well as the methodology used in the report and other information, are available at  

The top ten "Deadliest Roads" for DUI include: 1) Montana; 2) South Carolina; 3) Louisiana; 4) Wyoming; 5) West Virginia; 6) Mississippi; 7) North Dakota; 8) Texas; 9)Alabama; and 10) Arkansas. The highest ranked states for speeding include: 1) Alabama; 2) Mississippi, 3) South Carolina; 4) Wyoming; 5) Alaska; 6) Montana; 7) Pennsylvania; 8) Missouri; 9) Arizona; and 10) Texas.

The country's safest and most sensible roads include: 1) I-35 through Kansas; 2) the Montana interstates; 3) I-75 in northern Florida; 4) I-80 in Utah; and 5) I-95 between Elkton; and 6) Baltimore, Maryland.

The report also reveals what truckers report seeing on the open roads. Michelle Crouch, one of the authors of the article, reports that there are a number of factors that contribute to auto accidents. Some of the wildest things truckers have seen:

  • "One time on the 405 in LA, I saw a woman switch from a very nice business outfit into a leotard. At one point, she was just sitting there in her undergarments."
  • "What I see all the time is women steering with their knee, with the makeup mirror in one hand and a brush in the other, putting on eye shadow and blush going 65 or 70 miles and hour. Usually they're going back and forth across the line, running over and hitting the rumble strips. I blow the horn at them."
  • "A woman had her baby in the front seat next to her and was changing the baby's diaper."
  • "I've seen a lot of people sewing or knitting while they're driving. And, you know, that takes two hands."
  • "I had a lady pass me at 70 miles and hour, and I looked down, and her dog- a little Jack Russell Terrier- was standing on his back legs resting his paws on the steering wheel."

[PRNewswire via MP]

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