On behalf of Weisman, Kennedy & Berris Co., L.P.A. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.

In terms of its assessed performance in enacting laws that promote road safety, Ohio is kind of like a reasonably bright kid who brings home a “C” score and gets lost in the shuffle of all the other kids doing the same thing.

That is, the state is doing moderately OK, but could be — and ought to be — doing better.

So asserts a highway safety report recently issued by the national group Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (AHAS).

That coalition of insurance companies and business groups has rated all American states on their adoption of safety laws that significantly curb car accidents and save motorists’ lives. Such laws centrally include things like nighttime driving restrictions on teen drivers; booster seats for kids; comprehensive and stringent graduated licensing laws for novice motorists; and ignition interlocks for convicted drunk drivers.

All told, the AHAS points to 15 laws that it deems essential in promoting road safety. Illinois and Oregon lead the nation by having adopted 12 of those laws. South Dakota brings up the rear by having passed only two.

Ohio is, as noted above, just about average, with the AHAS assigning it a “yellow” rating. In other words, although it doesn’t merit a “green” for being an exemplary leader of safety-enhancing legislation on its books (only 10 states garnered that rating), it also avoids being tagged as a “red” state, like 11 other states with dismally weak safety regulations.

The AHAS notes that there were 1,123 roadway deaths in Ohio in 2012 and that the annual economic cost of vehicle crashes to the state is more than $11 billion.

Source: The Washington Post, “The 11 most dangerous states for drivers,” Niraj Chokshi, Jan. 22, 2014