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Nevada’s drivers worst in the U.S.? Far from it, website reports

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Steve Marcus

Nevada Highway Patrol troopers investigate at the scene of a rollover accident in the southbound lanes of I-15 near Lamb Blvd. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The vehicle was northbound but, possibly due to tire failure, the vehicle crossed the median and rolled. The driver was ejected and is reported in critical condition. A child in a car seat suffered non-life-threatening injuries, said NHP Trooper Jeremie Elliott.

Forget the stories about how bad drivers are in Nevada; a new ranking says drivers in 11 other states are worse than those here in the Silver State.

Using statistics from sources such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Motorists Association and Mothers Against Drink Driving, the website Carinsurancecomparison.com says the nation’s worst drivers are in Louisiana. Nevada wasn’t even in the Top 10, registering No. 12 on the list.

Vermont was judged as the state with the best drivers.

The website made its calculations by tallying scores in five categories:

• Fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled

• Failure to obey (traffic signals and seat belts)

• Drunk driving

• Tickets

• Careless driving

The higher the score, the worse off the states were.

Working in Nevada’s favor: Motorists in the Silver State are more likely to be ticketed for a driving infraction than anywhere else in the United States.

On the flip side, Nevada ranked as the ninth-worst state in the Union when it came to failure to obey traffic signals and seat-belt usage.

Here’s a look at the states with the worst and best drivers, according to Carinsurancecomparison.com:

Worst drivers

1. Louisiana

2. South Carolina

3. Mississippi

4. Texas

5. Alabama

Best drivers

1. Vermont

2. Utah

3 New Hampshire

4. Minnesota

5. Oregon

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