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Arizona ranked high among states with bad drivers

Investigators stand near the wreckage after a Department of Public Safety officer and a DPS dispatcher on a ride-along were injured in an accident near the state Capitol in Phoenix, Friday, May 8, 2015. It appeared the marked DPS SUV struck a parked car on a residential street and flipped, sending the male officer and female dispatcher to a hospital with serious but nonlife-threatening injuries, according to police. (AP Photo/Bob Christie)

Driving in the Grand Canyon state can sometimes be a chore, especially when wet projectiles start falling from the sky. When applied with statistics, Arizona ranks as one of the worst states behind the wheel.

Car Insurance Comparison took a look at each state and ranked them using five categories: fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, failure to obey, drunk driving, speeding and careless driving.

Arizona tied with Alabama for eighth in the United States, with the state ranking low when it comes to drunk driving (32nd), but was one of the worst in obeying and careless driving (fifth).

Arizona also improved on its score from last year, moving from sixth to eighth place. The state’s worst ranking factor was a tie between failure to obey and careless driving causing over 170 fatalities combined.

That’s a bit of a silver lining, knowing that Arizona has improved since 2015, but the state still remains in the top-10 states with the worst drivers.

According to the study, the best category used for determining unsafe driving is the careless drivers rate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that each day in the United States, over eight people are killed and 1,161 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.

Louisiana and Texas tied as the states with the worst drivers in the country.

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