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Drivers not surprised Texas is on the 'worst driver' list
By Crystal Price
EL PASO, Texas - A survey from CarInsuranceComparison.com ranks Texas as the fourth worst state for drivers.
Although that is a slight improvement from last year's ranking of No. 3, Texas still had the highest number of deaths on the roadway, with 3,398 fatalities in 2012.
There were a total of 495 tickets issued in Texas last year.
Misty Dominguez, a car insurance agent with Farmers Insurance Group said, there is little public transportation in Texas, and there are longer commutes, compared to other states.
"The long stretches, the long roads in Texas and the fact that some of us have to drive pretty far to get to work -- I think all of those factors add up to why there's a lot of deaths in Texas," Dominguez said.
Dominguez added that there is mixed bag of drivers in the Borderland.
"The fact that we do share an international border to Mexico, there are a lot of people coming from Mexico, and everybody brings their own driving habits," Dominguez said.
Despite the report's ranking, some Texas drivers said they're not all bad.
"I think people just complain too much; I just go with the flow," Bloedorn said.
Some drivers in El Paso agree with the report's findings.
"Sometimes we get a little aggressive," said Donna Bloedorn, a northeast El Paso driver.
"In El Paso, we do have some bad drivers," said Peggy Enriquez from east El Paso. "I think the saddest thing about it is lane courtesy or just courtesy to let somebody out.
However, other drivers don't think Texas is all that bad.
"I think they are just as cautious as anyone else," said Pablo Saldido, from west El Paso.
"I think people complain too much, just go with the flow," said Bloedorn.
New Mexico ranked No. 3 on the list of worst drivers.
Louisiana, South Carolina, and Mississippi topped the list ahead of Texas.
Vermont was ranked the state with the best drivers.