Ohio near top of list as an unfriendly state for drivers

Posted By on May 26, 2009

kangaroo courts of ohioBeing on the Ohio roads regularly for business and pleasure had me pondering my home state’s ranking in the National Motorists Association‘s Memorial Day review of the least friendly states for drivers. The survey used 17 criteria that unfortunately placed Ohio just behind New Jersey as the most unfriendly state for drivers. The state rankings were calculated based on items related to specific traffic laws, enforcement practices, the treatment of traffic ticket defendants by a legal system might be  construed as a kangaroo court.

Full List Of State Rankings From Worst To Best

  1. New Jersey
  2. Ohio <===========
  3. Maryland
  4. Louisiana
  5. New York
  6. Illinois
  7. Delaware
  8. Virginia
  9. Washington
  10. Massachusetts
  11. Colorado
  12. Oregon
  13. Tennessee
  14. California
  15. Michigan
  16. Vermont
  17. Maine
  18. Florida
  19. Pennsylvania
  20. North Carolina
  21. Alabama
  22. Rhode Island
  23. West Virginia
  24. New Hampshire
  25. Arizona
  26. New Mexico
  27. Missouri
  28. Texas
  29. Oklahoma
  30. Nevada
  31. Georgia
  32. Connecticut
  33. South Carolina
  34. Iowa
  35. Hawaii
  36. Arkansas
  37. Alaska
  38. Kansas
  39. Mississippi
  40. Wisconsin
  41. Utah
  42. South Dakota
  43. Indiana
  44. Minnesota
  45. North Dakota
  46. Kentucky
  47. Nebraska
  48. Montana
  49. Idaho
  50. Wyoming

List of Criteria Used To Generate Rankings (no particular order)

  1. Speed Traps Per Capita (# of speed traps listed on www.speedtrap.org indexed to population)
  2. Does the state have “driver responsibility” fees?
  3. Does the state have mayor’s courts?
  4. Does the state authorize the use of roadblocks?
  5. What are the freeway speed limits?
  6. Does the state have red-light cameras?
  7. Does the state have speed cameras?
  8. Are there toll roads in the state?
  9. Is a jury trial available for traffic violations?
  10. Is trial by declaration (asserting a defense in writing without appearing in court) available?
  11. Is the state a member of the Non-Resident Violator Compact?
  12. Is the state a member of the Driver’s License Compact?
  13. Are radar detectors banned in the state?
  14. Does the state have a primary seat belt law?
  15. Are there adult helmet laws in the state?
  16. Are there move-over laws in the state?
  17. Is cell phone use banned?


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