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Old 08-10-2011, 09:22 AM   #1
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Default 15 Dangerous Cities for Driving



The 14th-most dangerous driving city: Birmingham, Ala.

There are many ways one could gauge the danger of driving in a particular city, but this list uses the cities with the greatest number of vehicular deaths as a barometer of the danger level. U.S. cities with a population of 150,000 or more were up for consideration, using the most recent motor vehicle crash data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System and General Estimates System.

One particular region of the country, the South, is overrepresented, and within that region one state in particular sticks out like a panhandle: A full one-third of the cities in this list are in Florida. Why does Florida rank so badly? Some blame the high proportion of New York City expats—some driving for the first time in their lives — foreigners, tourists driving in unfamiliar territory, and senior citizens, not to mention spring breakers, who may have compromised vision or reflexes.

Los Angeles didn’t make the most dangerous list, but had the most total fatalities overall, at 293. The city that’s the most dangerous for pedestrians, according to the data, is Pittsburgh, accounting for more than 50 percent of total fatalities.

Here are the 15 cities that ranked the worst:

15. Oklahoma City, Okla.
Population: 551,789
Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 13.41
Total fatalities: 74
Percentage of fatalities that were pedestrians: 13.5

14. Birmingham, Ala.
Population: 228,798
Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 13.55
Total fatalities: 31
Percentage of fatalities that were pedestrians: 15.2

13. Tulsa, Okla.
Population: 385,635
Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 14.00
Total fatalities: 54
Percentage of fatalities that were pedestrians: 18.5

12. St. Petersburg, Fla.
Population: 245,314
Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 14.27
Total fatalities: 35
Percentage of fatalities that were pedestrians: 28.6

11. Jacksonville, Fla.
Population: 807,815
Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 14.36
Total fatalities: 116
Percentage of fatalities that were pedestrians: 13.8

10. Lubbock, Texas
Population: 220,483
Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 14.97
Total fatalities: 33
Percentage of fatalities that were pedestrians: 15.2

9. Memphis, Tenn.
Population: 669,651
Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 15.08
Total fatalities: 101
Percentage of fatalities that were pedestrians: 11.9

8. Jackson, Miss.
Population: 173,861
Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 15.53
Total fatalities: 27
Percentage of fatalities that were pedestrians: 18.5

7. Chattanooga, Tenn.
Population: 170,880
Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 16.39
Total fatalities: 28
Percentage of fatalities that were pedestrians: 17.9

6. Salt Lake City, Utah
Population: 181,698
Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 16.51
Total fatalities: 30
Percentage of fatalities that were pedestrians: 26.7

5. San Bernardino, Calif.
Population: 198,580
Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 17.12
Total fatalities: 38
Percentage of fatalities that were pedestrians: 15.8

4. Little Rock, Ark.
Population: 189,515
Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 17.94
Total fatalities: 34
Percentage of fatalities that were pedestrians: 26.5

3. Augusta-Richmond Co., Ga.
Population: 194,149
Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 19.57
Total fatalities: 38
Percentage of fatalities that were pedestrians: 15.8

2. Orlando, Fla.
Population: 230,519
Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 19.95
Total fatalities: 46
Percentage of fatalities that were pedestrians: 10.9




The most dangerous city to drive in: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

1. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Population: 183,126
Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 22.39
Total fatalities: 41
Percentage of fatalities that were pedestrians: 24.4


On the safer end of the spectrum, here are the 10 cities with the least fatalities per 100,000 population:

Arlington CDP (census designated place), Va. (0.48)
Vancouver, Wash. (1.23)
Moreno Valley, Calif. (1.57)
Rochester, N.Y. (1.93)
Spokane, Wash. (1.98)
Lincoln, Neb. (1.99)
Aurora, Ill. (2.33)
St. Paul, Minn. (2.50)
Omaha, Neb. (2.51)
Jersey City, N.J. (2.90)

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Old 08-10-2011, 09:32 AM   #2
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Interesting.

Save for San Bernardino, all the dangerous cities are located in the Bible Belt or are otherwise overtly religious.

Who needs to be careful when you've got one of these:

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Old 08-10-2011, 10:23 AM   #3
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^ same thing popped in my head when I read it. That, and the thought of never stepping foot in the retirement state of florida. I'd love to know the age demographic for their accidents. I find it amazing that they crack down on teen drivers, yet freely give a license to senile geriatrics with poor reflexes and even worse eye sight.
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Old 08-10-2011, 10:28 AM   #4
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The most dangerous city to drive in: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

1. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Population: 183,126
Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 22.39
Total fatalities: 41
Percentage of fatalities that were pedestrians: 24.4
Sweet...

I've been saying for years; the driving in S. Florida is the worst I've ever seen anywhere. And I lived in north jersey for the first 26 years of my life. The recklessness and disregard for others is spectacular. I'm just amazed Miami didn't make the list...
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Old 08-10-2011, 10:35 AM   #5
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^ same thing popped in my head when I read it. That, and the thought of never stepping foot in the retirement state of florida. I'd love to know the age demographic for their accidents. I find it amazing that they crack down on teen drivers, yet freely give a license to senile geriatrics with poor reflexes and even worse eye sight.
I live in St. Pete and I'd honestly be interested in seeing the census data of elderly population versus other major cities, as it doesn't really seem that high to me. I *can* definitely see why we're on the list here though, people around here drive like aggressive retards. And the Tampa Bay area is large so a lot of people commute around, so distracted driving is probably very high here as well. Love the area, hate the drivers.

Edit: Also, I wonder about the census data. St. Pete's population is higher than Orlando? Really? Wow.
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Old 08-10-2011, 12:36 PM   #6
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Interesting.

Save for San Bernardino, all the dangerous cities are located in the Bible Belt or are otherwise overtly religious.

Who needs to be careful when you've got one of these:

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^ same thing popped in my head when I read it. That, and the thought of never stepping foot in the retirement state of florida. I'd love to know the age demographic for their accidents. I find it amazing that they crack down on teen drivers, yet freely give a license to senile geriatrics with poor reflexes and even worse eye sight.
I'd lean towards aged population vs. religious beliefs.

In my childhood I only observed Catholics having dashboard Jesuses or St. Christopher medals in their cars. (I am also familiar with the dashboard Ganesh as installed by Hindus.) Is this something common with Protestants and Mormons as well?
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Old 08-10-2011, 01:37 PM   #7
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Sweet...

I've been saying for years; the driving in S. Florida is the worst I've ever seen anywhere. And I lived in north jersey for the first 26 years of my life. The recklessness and disregard for others is spectacular. I'm just amazed Miami didn't make the list...
Echo that - FL is literally amazing. IMHO the northeast (from Philly to Boston) has the best drivers.
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Huh, I had no idea so many people died in SLC.

I do know that at least 3 of those 30 deaths were dumb asses ignoring the flashing red lights and other warnings before losing the car vs trolley fight.
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:11 PM   #9
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They did not add pedestrian fatalities, Orlando FL wins there too.
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:14 PM   #10
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Is this something common with Protestants and Mormons as well?
Mormons wear their CTR rings and rock the rear window family stickers. A few have a bumper sticker that reads "RU LDS 2?" as well as other Jesus references, but I've never seen any kind of dash board decorations.
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:27 PM   #11
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Not surprised. +1 for ROCH <3
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:48 PM   #12
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Not surprising, there are no words strong enough to describe how inept and stupid Utah drivers are. They are flaming retards.
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:56 PM   #13
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Population: 194,149
Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 19.57
Total fatalities: 38
Percentage of fatalities that were pedestrians: 15.8
it's the ghetto.. everyone's car looks like it's about to fall apart anyway, so most of them dont even care.
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Old 08-10-2011, 06:09 PM   #14
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On top of being filled with old people, most of those places have diehards who don't wear their seat belts, and Orlando and Fort Lauderdale are filled with tourists who have no idea where they are going.
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SLC is probably up there because we have minivans crashing and killing 5-8 people at a time. Lots of people get run over on bikes downtown as well.
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I don't know what it is about St Pete, but apparently running red lights is perfectly okay up to 7 seconds after it turns red there. I've been commuting to work in St Pete for 12 years and it now amazes me when I don't see a red light runner.
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I'm surprised that my hometown (Jersey City) made the safe list considering the massive congestion magnets that are Kennedy Blvd and Tonnelle Circle.
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what?!?!?! jersey city is one of the safest? that's news!
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Sweet...

I've been saying for years; the driving in S. Florida is the worst I've ever seen anywhere. And I lived in north jersey for the first 26 years of my life. The recklessness and disregard for others is spectacular. I'm just amazed Miami didn't make the list...
Totally agree on that one. Crazy drivers in Miami!
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Sweet...

I've been saying for years; the driving in S. Florida is the worst I've ever seen anywhere. And I lived in north jersey for the first 26 years of my life. The recklessness and disregard for others is spectacular. I'm just amazed Miami didn't make the list...
I live in Jacksonville and lived in Tulsa

I have NEVER seen such idiots driving anywhere in the us as in Tulsa.....it was AMAZING the stupid accidents I saw there

I drove 12 miles, 10 of that on the highway, to school every day and it was common to see 2 or 3 accidents EVERY MORNING and 1 or 2 every afternoon....and if it rained....double that


madness...sheer madness

Jacksonville isnt quite as bad....no ****ing wonder my insurance is so bloody sky high
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I'm surprised that my hometown (Jersey City) made the safe list considering the massive congestion magnets that are Kennedy Blvd and Tonnelle Circle.
Which keeps the speeds low.

The whole Megaopolis that is DC-Boston probably have the most 'aware' drivers. To an outsider from the south, it probably seems crazy, but there's a 'flow' to driving up here for the most part, with the exception of those that think it's OK to park in the left lane... but that's a problem everywhere. What sets the North East apart is that we'll just go around whereas elsewhere the general behavior is to stack up behind them and wait for them to move over... for a couple miles.

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I remember driving I95 through FL just after it had rained and every 5-10 miles we'd pass someone who seemed to have lost control and spun off into the median. It was unreal. Like they had never seen rain before or something.

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Yay for living right next to the number 1 city.......
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