TWIN CITIES, MN—The National Center for Excellence in Rural Safety (CERS) at the University of Minnesota released a list of states with the country’s most dangerous rural roads in correlation with the past July 4 holiday, during which traffic accidents experienced a significant rise, according to the Web site Maine tops the list, with 92 percent of its traffic fatalities occurring on rural roads.

CERS based the list on state-by-state data on rural road deaths in 2005, along with information from the U.S. Department of Transportation. “Millions of Americans drove this past holiday weekend, and they would be wise to carefully consider these findings before future vacations,” said CERS Director Lee Munnich in a press release. The causes of high fatality rates on rural roads — roads outside of areas with populations of 5,000 or more — include a false sense of security that leads to high speeds as drivers enjoy the scenery. Head-on collisions and driving off road are both common accidents on rural roads. The entire list of states is available at

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