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How To Make Roads Safer For Troopers (And Us)10:26
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State Police displayed Trooper Corey Rose's totalled cruiser on July 22. Rose was struck by an allegedly drunk driver while pulled over on Route 24 in Taunton. (Curt Nickisch/WBUR)
State Police displayed Trooper Corey Rose's totalled cruiser on July 22. Rose was struck by an allegedly drunk driver while pulled over on Route 24 in Taunton. (Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

Six Massachusetts state troopers have been struck roadside since July 4. Is it all about alcohol, or is there something inherently careless about the way we drive? Tom Vanderbilt, author of "Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Drive (and What It Says About Us)," says there's a lot more going on here than just late-night boozing.

And while we have him in the studio, we ask Vanderbilt: Are Massachusetts drivers really as bad as they (Vermonters, etc.) say we are?

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This program aired on July 28, 2010.

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