Some South Dakotans like to make jokes about Iowa drivers.  Is it just friendly inter-state rivalry or might there be some validity to them?

In a recent study by Insurify, Iowa ranks second place in the country for the most hit and run incidents.

But wait, there's more.  Nearly 17 percent of Iowa drivers have a speeding ticket on their record and around 3.5% have a DUI violation.  Each of those percentages is good enough to earn a top 10 rank for all states in the country.

There is one state that is worse, Wyoming.  Drivers with a prior hit and run violation are four times the national average and 40% higher than any other state.

Wyoming's vehicle-related fatality rate per 100,000 drivers is second only to Mississippi's.

South Dakota ranks near the middle of the pack.

The numbers:

Iowa

  • Drivers with a hit and run violation per 10,000 motorists: 13
  • Percentage of drivers with a prior accident: 13.02%
  • Vehicle-related fatalities per 100,000 drivers per year: 10.5

Wyoming

  • Drivers with a hit and run violation per 10,000 motorists: 18
  • Percentage of drivers with a prior accident: 11.92%
  • Vehicle-related fatalities per 100,000 drivers per year: 21.2

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