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Safe driving report ranks Salt Lake 99th

Safe driving report ranks Salt Lake 99th



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SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah drivers may be getting a bad rap, at least compared to an Allstate insurance report on safe cities for driving. The annual report ranks Salt Lake City 99th out of 200 U.S. cities with similar populations.

It's based on the number of years an average driver goes without an accident. In Utah, that number is around 11 years. In Sioux Falls, S.D., -- designated by the study as the safest city -- the average time between crashes is 13.5 years.

**Safest Driving Cities**1. Sioux Falls, SD 2. Fort Collins, Colo. 3. Chattanooga, Tenn. 4. Cedar Rapids, Iowa 5. Knoxville, Tenn. 6. Fort Wayne, Ind. 7. Lexington-Fayette, Ky. 8. Eugene, Ore. 9. Boise, Idaho 10. Colorado Springs, Colo.

Report or not, commuters who spoke with KSL Wednesday morning say things could be better. "It's like, dude, let's like share the road," said one commuter. Her friend agreed, "Everyone's in a hurry. Why? Where are they going?"

The report says Washington D.C., is the most dangerous city. It says drivers there average an accident about every five years.

The report says Alexandria, Va, is the most improved driving city.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says auto crashes in general have declined over the last few years, but crash fatalities still average 40,000 every year.

E-mail: mgiauque@ksl.com

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Marc Giauque

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