Photo by katifcam/ThinkStock has updated its driving statistics with new data and have once again determined the "Worst Drivers by State." Montana tied South Carolina with THE worst drivers in the country. Find out why.

According to the website, rankings for this study are based on statistics made available to the public by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each state was ranked according to the following categories:

  • Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled
  • Failure to Obey (Percentage of Fatal Crashes that involved Traffic Signals, Not Wearing Seat Belts, and Driving with an Invalid Driver License)
  • Drunk Driving (Percentage of Fatal Crashes that Involved Alcohol)
  • Speeding (Percentage of Driving Fatalities that were Speed-Related)
  • Careless Driving (Pedestrian & Bicyclist Fatalities per 100,000 Population)

Drunk Driving was the main contributor to Montana's worst ranking, as The Treasure State also landed the #1 ranking for this life-threatening offense. had this to say,

Although they (Montana) finished among the 10 states with the lowest occurrence of Careless Driving, Montana drivers were among the 10 worst in all of the remaining categories, dropping 8 positions from their previous 9th-place finish. Where did they go wrong? They maintained their #1 rank for Drunk Driving, and declined in the Failure to Obey category. You could also argue that improvements in other states were a contributing factor to Montana being at the wrong end of the spectrum.