Study shows Texas is one of the most dangerous states to drive in on Christmas

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Texas is the ninth most dangerous state to drive in on Christmas, according to a recent study. (Courtesy Part Catalog)

Texas is the ninth most dangerous state to drive in on Christmas, according to a recent study. (Courtesy Part Catalog)

A study by PartCatalog shows that Texas is among the top 10 most dangerous states to drive in during the Christmas holiday.

Using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the study averaged vehicle fatalities from 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve to 11:59 p.m. on Christmas from all 50 states over a five-year period. The data was then cross referenced with the number of registered drivers in each state according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.


Texas ranked No. 9, with 2.07 fatalities per one million registered drivers, according to the study. Mississippi ranked first, with 3.02 fatalities per one million drivers.

The top 10 most dangerous states to drive in during Christmas are as follows.

  • Mississippi: 3.02

  • South Dakota: 2.86

  • Louisiana: 2.45

  • New Mexico: 2.44

  • Florida: 2.37

  • Georgia: 2.32

  • South Carolina: 2.31

  • Kentucky: 2.25

  • Texas: 2.07

  • Maryland: 2.03

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By Makenzie Plusnick

Makenzie graduated from Tarleton State University in 2019 with a degree in communications. While in school, she interned at the Weatherford Democrat and was editor of Texan News Service, a news outlet at Tarleton. She enjoys true crime podcasts, riding horses, and spending time with her dog.


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