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REPORT: Seneca, Wayne, Ontario counties ‘most-deadly’ for drivers, despite ‘rural’ status

According to state and federal accident data — some of New York’s most-rural county’s are the most-deadly for drivers.

Each year, more than 1,000 people die in traffic-related crashes — or about one fatality per 100 million miles driven. The chances of dying in a crash are heightened in some of the least-populated counties in New York.

Even more interestingly, Wayne, Ontario and Seneca counties all ranked in the top-10 for most deadly, per the study metrics.

Here are the complete top-10 most dangerous counties for driving, based on fatalities per 100,000 population for 2015 as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The statewide fatality rate that year was 5.66 people killed in traffic-related crashes per 100,000 population.



10: Wayne County

There were only 13 actual traffic-related fatalities in 2015, it translates out to 14.22 fatalities per 100,000 population — far exceeding the state average.

Four of these crashes involved drivers being intoxicated. Two of them involved speeding. Three involved motorcyclists. And four involved pedestrians.

9: Ontario County

In this Finger Lakes region county, the fatality rate per 100,000 in 2015 was 14.6, with 16 reported traffic-related deaths.

Seven of the crashes were related to driving while intoxicated. Nine were related to speeding. Two involved motorcyclists. One involved a bicyclist. And nine occupants of passenger vehicles were killed.

Another ‘Finger Lakes’ county doesn’t appear on the list until reaching the very top.

The most-deadly county per the guidelines was found to be Seneca County, in the heart of the Finger Lakes.

1: Seneca County

There were 20.1 fatalities per 100,000 population in 2015. More than half of the deaths were attributed to alcohol-related crashes, and three passenger car occupants — as well as another three motorcyclists lost their lives in accidents in Seneca County in 2015.

Read more about the study here

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