Rhode Island driving fatalities on the rise

This is an image of traffic in Rhode Island. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A new study from Forbes Advisor released on Dec. 19, revealed that from 2019 to 2020, Rhode Island experienced an 18% increase in car accident fatalities.

The financial publication conducts an annual study on traffic accident statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and ranks all 50 states from safest, to most unsafe for drivers.

The study looks at five key metrics to support their conclusion and weighs them to create their scores:

  • Fatal car accidents per capita — 25% of score
  • Number of fatalities per capita — 25% of score
  • Percent of fatalities from speeding — 20% of score
  • Percent of fatalities from impaired driving — 20% of score
  • Percent change in total people killed — 10% of score

Forbes concluded that Rhode Island is ranked #23 out of 50 for driving safety, reporting 66 fatal crashes in 2020.

Further evidence shows that 30% of fatal accidents in the state are a result of speeding, while 49% are due to impaired driving.

This makes the Ocean State number two on their list of states with the most impaired driving fatalities per capita, two percent behind Montana.

For more information on statistics for negligent driving state-by-state, visit Forbes Advisor’s report here.





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