Wyoming has been ranked among the most perilous states in the U.S. for motor vehicle travel, coming in at second behind Montana. A recent analysis of government-reported crash data revealed that Wyoming has a higher rate of fatalities per one hundred million miles traveled than any other state in the nation.
The report, which was conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), examined the frequency and severity of motor vehicle accidents for the year 2017. The data showed that Wyoming had a rate of 2.33 fatalities per 100 million miles driven, which was the highest in the nation. Montana was the only other state to exceed two fatalities per 100 million miles driven, coming in at 2.09.
The data also revealed that Wyoming had the highest rate of crashes involving alcohol, with 33.2 percent of all fatal crashes involving at least one driver who had a blood alcohol content (BAC) above the legal limit of 0.08. This was a significantly higher rate than any other state in the union, with Montana being the second highest at 29.6 percent.
The report also highlighted some of the key factors that contribute to motor vehicle fatalities in the state of Wyoming. The most common causes of fatal crashes were speed, distracted driving, and driver fatigue. The NHTSA report concluded that the state should focus on improving driver education and awareness programs, as well as enforcing stricter laws and penalties for drivers who are operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The results of the NHTSA report have been met with concern from Wyoming officials, who have vowed to take action in order to reduce the number of fatalities on the state’s roads. Governor Matt Mead has previously proposed a range of measures, including increased funding for law enforcement to better enforce traffic laws, as well as improved driver education and awareness programs.
The NHTSA report serves as a stark reminder of the need for drivers to be aware of the risks associated with operating a motor vehicle. Responsible driving habits, such as obeying the speed limit and avoiding distractions, are essential for ensuring the safety of everyone on the road.
Overall, Wyoming has been ranked as one of the most hazardous states in the nation for motor vehicle travel, coming in at second behind Montana in terms of fatalities per 100 million miles traveled. The report highlighted the need for improved driver education and awareness programs, as well as stricter laws and penalties for drivers who are operating vehicles while under the influence. By taking the necessary steps to improve driver safety, Wyoming can reduce the number of motor vehicle fatalities and make its roads a safer place for everyone.