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

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4. Wyoming

Average auto fatalities per 100,000: 21.7 (tied 3rd highest)
Auto fatalities/year: 116 (7th least)
Lifetime medical costs due to 1-yr. auto accidents: $947,934 (4th lowest)
Lifetime work loss costs due to 1-yr. auto accidents: $107,859,504 (7th lowest)
Pct. commuters traveling 30 mins. or more: 16.43% (3rd lowest)

Wyoming had an average of 21.7 auto injury fatalities per 100,000 people during each year between 2007 and 2009. Though the state has the smallest population in the country, with just 533,556 residents, its lifetime work loss costs due to auto fatalities are estimated to exceed an $100 million in a single year. Only about 16% of Wyoming’s workers commute more than 30 minutes a day, the third-lowest rate in the U.S. Despite the high fatality rate, Wyoming has not been proactive in addressing the issue legally. Presently, Wyoming does not have a primary seat belt law, nor a mandatory ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers — only those who register a blood alcohol content of .15 receive the interlock. Additionally, attempts to ban texting in the state have failed in each of the past two years.
(AP Photo)

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