Reader's Digest study ranks VA 9th for best roads in the country

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – How do you rank Virginia's roadways?

"I've had blowouts because of the rigid cracks in the roads," said Richmond resident Rachel Facemire.

"The roads are pretty good to me," said Chesterfield resident Gary Watkins

According to a new study by Reader's Digest Virginia ranks 40 out 50 for roadway fatalities and number nine for best roads in the United States.

"I find that very surprising," said Martinsville resident, Mary Farris.

The report considered safety, congestion and the condition of roads and bridges.

"The roads aren't that great, so the rest of the country must be in really bad shape," said Facemire.

The study used the latest data from the federal highway administration, which is from 2007 and 2008. The state's recent pothole problem was not factored into the equation. AAA Spokesperson Martha Meade says there are good reasons why Virginia fared well.

"Virginia has some of the strongest graduate driver's license laws in the nation. We have fairly strong DUI laws and were also one of the first states to pass a ban on texting while driving," said Meade.

Gary Watkins just moved to the commonwealth. He says the roads in Virginia are some of the best he's ever driven on.

"I think we should have been ranked at number 5. I travel around the country. In Georgia the roads there are really bad and crowded," said Watkins.

Motorists say despite the high ranking there's always room for improvement.

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