Report says D.C., Maryland among un-friendliest states for motorists

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WJLA) – No one likes getting a ticket, be it for parking, speeding or running a red light. But according to a new report, motorists in Maryland and the District are among the most poorly treated in the country.

Ask motorists along Georgia Avenue, near the D.C./Maryland line, and you’ll find many agree with the claim that those two jurisdictions can be hard on drivers.

“I agree. I agree 100 percent,” Grace Blount said.

“You get a ticket, you gotta go through hell and high water,” said Joe Gobezie.

A new report from the National Motorists Association claims that no state treats motorists worse than the District. Maryland ranks the fourth un-friendliest state.

According to its website, NMA is all about driver’s rights and liberties. To the association, things that make a place unfriendly are laws against hand-held cell phone use, speed cameras and red light cameras.

NMA also doesn’t like high gas taxes. Maryland and the District have it all, much to the annoyance of local drivers.

“They make money off the tickets and the cameras,” said D.C. driver Michael Jackson. “It’s a little over the top.”

A rebuttal comes from the head of the Maryland Highway Safety Office.

“When you look at the numbers from all sides, you’ll see Maryland is one of the safest states in the nation,” said MHSO Chief Tom Gianni.

According to a chart comparing the highway fatality rate in NMA’s friendliest state, Wyoming, to that in Maryland shows that twice as many die each year on Wyoming roads, per 100,000 people. This is why not every local driver is complaining.

“I grew up here, so it doesn’t bother me as much as maybe other people,” said D.C. driver Jerome Williamson. “I’m fine.”

NMA ranks Virginia the 25th friendliest state for motorists in the nation.

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