51st Place! : Blog Of The Nation Washington, D.C. took dead last — 51st place — in an insurance company's report of drivers' fitness for the road. It looked at every state, and the one District, and ranked them by score and percentage passed.
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Luckily, foolish parking was spared in a new report that examines driving fitness. AgentAkit/flickr hide caption

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Luckily, foolish parking was spared in a new report that examines driving fitness.

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The Washington City Paper has a headline today that will grab most anyone's attention:

D.C. Drivers: America's Dumbest

And if it doesn't catch your eye in far-away land, it certainly will in Virginia and Maryland. Those would be the states represented on the license plates of vehicles that dominate this town. Anytime I get cut off, my eyes head to the tag to see if the culprit is a D.C. resident. More often, they're not. Presumably, when I drive in their jurisdictions and I cut them off, they do the same thing.

The insurance company GMAC released the report today. The company reviewed a written exam it provided gauging the mental fitness of drivers. Some interesting finds:

* 1 in 5 unfit to be driving today

* Kansas - smartest drivers out there

* Older drivers are smarter

This report will not, however, prevent me from blaming folks from Maryland and Virginia for speeding in our fair city.