Original Article Excerpt
…According to [an Allstate] survey, Boston drivers are 80 percent more likely to file an insurance claim than the national average. And while the average driver nationwide goes a decade between car crashes, Boston drivers manage a mere 3.6 years between fender benders — that’s 12 percent worse than last year and 22 percent worse than 2015.
Boston drivers were the worst-rated drivers in those years as well, reported. Apparently, Bostonians are really living up to their “Masshole” name.
Back in 2014… the Department of Transportation launched a road safety campaign to address incidents of road rage, distracted driving and seat belt use.
The road safety campaign culminated in the rollout of the oh-so-successful “Use Yah Blinkah” electronic message boards, and at the time, road safety officials hailed the media attention as a sure sign drivers would pay attention.
“We had a lot of public attention and discussion around it,” Frank DePaola, administrator of MassDOT’s highway division, told Boston Magazine at the time of roll out. “It elevated the awareness of good driving habits.”
But despite garnering local and national media acclaim for the clever mingling of road safety and Boston’s charming accent, it appears Massachusetts drivers didn’t really listen….
As someone who has lived and worked in Massachusetts and who now visits Boston frequently, I can readily say that Mass. drivers do many things badly. But that said — and as though ‘designed’ perfectly to prove what a complex subject road safety truly is — it is also a fact that the state actually performs very well in the context of having among the very best (as in ‘lowest’) rates of road deaths in the entire USA, and this has been the case for many years.
If you doubt this, see Traffic Safety Facts 2015 Data (published by NHTSA and the NCSA in June 2017)
As they say, here in America, go figure!
See also: Late Lane-Changes to Exit from Highways are Dangerous! (which features a form of dangerous driving that is common in Massachusetts)