ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Here’s something to keep in mind while driving to your holiday destinations this year: a new report ranks New Mexico drivers as the sixth-worst in the U.S. based on federal traffic-death data.
Weighing strongly against New Mexico is a high percentage of fatal drunken driving crashes, and a No. 1 ranking in pedestrian and bicycling deaths. New Mexicans ranked among the top 10 worst drivers in the nation for the second year in a row. Last year, New Mexico drivers ranked second-worst.
CarInsuranceComparison.com, a website that allows people to compare insurance companies, prepared the report based on 2015 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.
Texas and Louisiana tied as the nation’s worst drivers based on five categories of traffic data: fatalities per 100 million miles traveled, failure to obey traffic signals or wear seat belts, drunken driving, speeding and careless driving.
The report ranked New Mexico 11th-worst in the U.S. for alcohol-involved fatalities on the roadways. Alcohol was involved in 38 percent of New Mexico’s fatal crashes in 2015, the report found.