Editor's note: This article was written by a Townsquare Media Northern New England contributor and may contain the individual's views, opinions, or personal experiences.

 

This isn't really a shocker when you think about the density that is New England, the northeast, and the entire eastern seaboard.  I mean the heavy population and major cities along both coasts gave us here in New England a 50/50 chance of having the most dangerous highway in the country.

So if you guessed that Interstate 95 is that highway then you're like me, and most likely not shocked at all.  It can be a hellish drive with traffic and congestion, especially in the Boston area, in Providence, and along most of Connecticut.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2019-2020 had the most people killed on our highways since 2006-2007.  We know accidents can really happen anytime and increase not only with speed, distracted driving, weather, time of day, and impaired drivers but also location, and that's where I-95 comes in.

On I-95 15 people were killed in car accidents every 100 miles totaling 284 deaths.

As you know it runs from just south of Presque Isle, Maine through Boston and Providence, along the Connecticut shoreline, into New York, through Philly, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. all the way down to Miami, Florida comes in.

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According the The Zebra, our New England winters play a big role in the number of people killed on 95 while the Florida section of I-95 is next in line for the most fatalities on 95.  The Zebra says fatalities across the country increased more than 7% from 2019 to 2020 because of I-95.

The Zebra's research also discovered that 6 out of the 10 of the most dangerous highways run north-south.

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You can click here if you want to read more about this study and the other highways in this top 10 list of the most dangerous.  Meanwhile it's a waiting game for the next round of statistics for the COVID pandemic years of 2020-2021.

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