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Study: D.C. and Maryland Drivers Are the Worst

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — It’s been a big debate in the nation’s capital for years. Who are the worst drivers in Washington, D.C.?

It’s a valid question with drivers from Maryland and Virginia pouring into the city each workday. And with such an influx of cars on clogged roads, accidents can and will happen — 29,725 of them to be exact. That’s how many crashes and fender-benders occurred within city limits in 2012.

District residents are quick to say commuters are to blame. But, as Howard University researchers found, they should really be pointing fingers at themselves.

Cars with District license plates were involved in 37 percent of all collisions in 2012 in their city.

That’s not to say outsiders aren’t to blame. Vehicles from Maryland were involved in 33.1 percent of crashes.

By comparison, Virginia drivers appear to be the safest. Cars with Commonwealth tags were reportedly involved in just 13.8 percent of all collisions.

State
No. of Collisions
2010
2011
2012
DC
9,556
10,423
11,007
MD
10,853
10,923
9,838
VA
4,024
4,129
4,106
Other
2,386
2,598
2,545
Unknown
2,358
1,188
2,229

“Reams of statistics show that drivers from the District and Maryland are equally as likely to become involved in a traffic crash in Washington,” said AAA spokesperson John Townsend. “That’s the case, although nearly three-quarters, or almost 75 percent, of the District’s work force comes from outside the city.”

The tourist factor isn’t what you might expect, either. Cars from other states made up a relatively minuscule 8.6 percent of the crashes.

About 82 accidents occur each day in Washington, according to AAA. In 2010, the economic impact of the crashes totaled a staggering $999 million. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that money is comprised of loss of life and loss of productivity.

All-News 99.1 WNEW is the only radio station to provide traffic and weather together every five minutes all day every weekday and every 10 minutes on nights and weekends. Lisa Baden and Julie Wright bring you “Beltway-To-Beltway Traffic” exclusively on All-News 99.1.

Check traffic on your route before heading out on the road.

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