You may have heard people say that driving in the South is scary, especially if they are not from the area. However, when it comes to Tennessee, are such claims founded on prejudice, or are there actually statistics that support that you face real safety concerns as a Tennessee driver?
Drivers under the influence
Unfortunately, the claims some people make about the dangers of driving in Tennessee do have some substance to them. A recent study done by Smart Asset has ranked Tennessee as the 15th highest state in the country for the number of DUI arrests per 1,000 drivers. In 2017, for every 1,000 drivers, there were 2.2 DUI arrests.
Uninsured and underinsured drivers
Tennessee also has one of the highest rates of drivers on the road without insurance. Approximately 20% of drivers in the state were operating their vehicles with no auto insurance at the time the study was conducted. That means you have a one in five chance of being hit by an uninsured driver in this state.
Overall driving hazards
Out of all the states ranked in their study, Tennessee was considered the 4th most dangerous state to drive in. This is based on a survey of several bad driving indicators such as ticketing trends, percent of insured drivers, DUI arrests and fatalities per 100 million driving miles.
Smart Asset has stated that Tennessee was in the top 20 for all of the bad driving indicators they surveyed. It still falls behind Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida. Interestingly, Florida has a lower rate of DUI arrests than Tennessee; however, Florida is ranked as the most dangerous state due to the frequency of traffic violations and the number of fatalities.
This article is meant to inform you and should not be viewed as legal advice.