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MALVERN, Pa. — A new study suggests in addition to being inconsiderate road users, according to the complaints of many Canadian truckers, millions of U.S. motorists are also driving without insurance.

The Insurance Research Council (IRC) says of vehicle accidents recorded in the U.S. between 1995 to 1997, 14 per cent were caused by uninsured drivers. The statistics in the study, entitled Uninsured Motorists 2000 Edition, show the rate of uninsured drivers varies from state to state.

According to data, the estimated rate of uninsured drivers is highest in Colorado, at 32 per cent. It is followed closely by New Mexico, 30 per cent; South Carolina, 28 per cent; Alabama, 25 per cent; and Mississippi, 25 per cent.

The state with the lowest estimated rate of uninsured drivers is Maine, at four per cent. This is followed by North Carolina, six per cent; South Dakota, six per cent; Massachusetts, seven per cent; and Wyoming, seven per cent.

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