New study finds South Dakota ranked third for reckless driving

RAPID CITY, S.D. – In a recent driver behavior research at Insurify, they found that South Dakota has the third highest rates of reckless driving of any state nationwide.

Reckless driving is a serious traffic violation. Specific definitions of reckless driving vary by state, but in general, reckless driving, also called “driving to endanger” or “reckless operation,” which is defined as driving with disregard to the rules and regulations of the road. Reckless driving can also be tacked onto or used in place of other offenses, such as speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or running a red light.

Penalties include heavy fines, possible license suspension, and even incarceration for up to a year. Reckless driving also affects insurance rates  and can cause them to increase significantly for up to five years.

Their survey statistics show the following for South Dakota:

  • 49.3 reckless drivers per 10k drivers.
  • 172% more reckless drivers than the national average.
  • 11% more police officers per driver than the national average.

Additional finding in the survey was that more police officers does not mean more reckless driving convictions. According to the research, there is no correlation between the concentration of police officers in a state, either based on area or population, and the number of reckless drivers in the state.

South Dakota also comes up third on the list for toughest maximum sentence, with the possibility of one year in jail and/or up the $2,000 in fines.

The researchers found their data from driving records of over 1.9 million car owners, and also collected data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and from the FBI’s latest police employee data.

More information about this study and the full report can be found HERE

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