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Oregonians Some Of The Slowest On America's Roadways

<p>A Washington proposal would ticket drivers who travel too slow in the left lane of highways.</p>

Oregon Department of Transportation

A Washington proposal would ticket drivers who travel too slow in the left lane of highways.

You could say a lot about Oregon drivers, but a new study finds that being in a hurry isn't typically one of them.

Car insurance company Progressive finds in its latest "Lead Foot Report" that Oregonians are some of the slowest drivers nationwide. The study is based on 12 billion miles of driving data from the company's usage-based insurance program, Snapshot, which tracks how drivers' movements on the road.

Oregon drivers maintain a median speed of 31 mph, tying them with New York Connecticut and Montana for the No. 4 slot. Washington, D.C., comes at No. 1 with Washingtonians inching along at 24 mph.

While some may roll their eyes or honk their horn at slower drivers, Progressive is all for it. The data found that these states had fewer fatalities per vehicle miles. At 30 mph, it would take a driver about 14 seconds to fully stop or 372 feet (which also happens to be the length of two Discovery space shuttles).

Drivers in Alabama and Mississippi are among the fastest-moving motorists in the country, puttering along at 40 mph.

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Lizzy Duffy