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24/7 Wall St.: The Most Dangerous States to Drive In

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5. Arkansas

Average auto fatalities per 100,000: 21.6
Auto fatalities/year: 619 (22nd most)
Lifetime medical costs due to 1-yr. auto accidents: $4,775,033 (24th lowest)
Lifetime work loss costs due to 1-yr. auto accidents: $617,945,384 (24th highest)
Pct. commuters traveling 30 mins. or more: 26.02% (13th lowest)

Arkansas has the fifth-highest rate of auto injury fatalities. Between 2007 and 2009, the state averaged 21.6 fatalities per 100,000 residents per year. Arkansas has implemented a comprehensive highway safety plan for 2012. In the plan, the Highway Safety Office set specific goals for reducing DWI deaths, increasing seat belt usage, and slowing drivers down. The HSO hopes to accomplish these goals by bolstering training programs for law enforcement officials and educating the people through a series of high visibility campaigns.
(AP Photo)

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