DC has the nationês fewest driving deaths
A jurisdictional comparison putting the District in a positive light shows the city has a lower death rate per billion miles driven than any state (maybe because itês hard to drive very fast in the city). A new study by the University of Michigan, found that road safety has improved nationwide in the past 10 years, with substantial variation by state or jurisdiction.
DC, with 4.2 deaths per billion miles, saw a greater drop in deaths per distance driven from 2005 to 2012 (68 percent) than any state. The District also had the highest percentage decrease in the death rate per population in that period.
Traffic death rates are generally higher in the northern plain states and the south, the study found. Only three states Vermont, North Dakota and Maine saw more deaths per distance driven in the period studied.Download Bulletin PDF