Sat 20 Nov 2010
This is the conclusion of this analysis of the NHTSA accident fatality database by The Daily Beast. The NHTSA data is freely available for download, and I have done my own analysis with it a couple of years ago when I used it to prototype a SQL Server Analysis Services cube using ADOMD.NET. The Daily Beast used more recent 2009 data.
They looked at total traffic fatalities by state and normalized the results using the number of licenses issued in that state and the number of miles driven. The result is a ranking of the 50 states by driving skill (assuming that more accidents equals poor driving). The list is in descending order – North Dakota being the state with the most accidents (worst drivers) and Connecticut being the state with the least accidents (best drivers).
When overlaid with the results of the Obama/McCain election in 2008, an interesting pattern emerges. With the exception of outlyers Delaware and Mississippi, the states with the worst drivers are all red and the states with the best drivers are all blue:
|21||New Mexico||46||New Hampshire|
|23||South Carolina||48||Rhode Island|
Hogwash? Maybe. A random sampling of people who speed on Green Street and for whom there is record of their political affiliation on the Web shows that the majority are Republicans.
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