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Arlington Drivers Among Nation’s Worst

Allstate Insurance Co. lists Washington, Arlington and Alexandria drivers as among worst in country.

Arlington drivers are among some of the nation’s worst, according to a new report by Allstate Insurance Co.

Out of 195 cities, Washington, D.C., had the highest crash frequency, and Baltimore was second. Alexandria landed in seventh place, with a relative crash likelihood of 62.6 percent above the national average.

In 12th place was Arlington, which has a relative crash likelihood of 53 percent above the national average.

The honor of “America’s Safest Driving City" falls to Sioux Falls, S.D., the fifth time in the history of the report that city has held the top spot.

"Allstate's Best Driver's Report was created to boost the country's discussion on safe driving. Each year we hope the report will increase awareness about the importance of being tolerant and attentive behind the wheel," said Mike Roche, senior vice president of claims for Allstate, in a news release.

"We want to recognize the city of Sioux Falls for being the safest driving city in America, and whether you drive in a large city, small city or a rural area, we encourage all Americans to practice safe driving habits and good car safety."

James Thorne September 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Is it really that the drivers that are worse in Arlington, or is the transportation infrastructure a factor? The cities named in the article - DC, Baltimore, Alexandria and Arlington were all designed in the horse-and-buggy days. Los Angeles has many more drivers, but a modern high-speed road infrastructure that was designed to handle auto traffic efficiently. Maybe we should reconsider the efforts to mix cars, pedestrians, bicycles and trolleys all on the same set of roadways.
Allie September 12, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Arlington was designed as a suburb. It's being massively urbanized. Police are not in the neighborhoods enforcing traffic ordinances. What can you expect?
James Thorne September 14, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Sometimes the police do enforce traffic ordinances in the neighborhoods - I've seen hidden speed traps where they use laser devices at great range and claim they can distinguish vehicles at longer distances than with radar. This assumes, of course, that somehow their natural vision has been improved just as much as their new equipment.
Claire Frémont-Hampton September 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I'm willing to bet money on the fact that New Jersey is breathing a sign of relief for not being on top of the list- for once.

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