One-Third of the Most Dangerous Cities for Driving in the U.S. are in Florida

A report by CNBC grades the most dangerous driving cities with populations over 150,000 and one-third of the cities are in Florida. Jacksonville ranks #11 while Fort Lauderdale is #1. The data used to create the ranking is the most recent from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System and General Estimates System.

Fort Lauderdale was the most dangerous city to drive in with a population of 183,126 and a total fatality rate per 100,000 of 22.39. There were 41 fatalities and 24.4 percent of the fatalities were pedestrians. Compare that to Jacksonville with a population of 807,815 because the city is so spread out. There were 116 total fatalities, 13 of which involved pedestrians while the percentage of pedestrian deaths was 13.8 percent.

The survey says tourists often don’t know where they are going and may account for some of the vehicular hazards. Florida still has failed to enact any ban on distracted driving and the use of cell phones and texting while behind the wheel, which is believed to contribute to car accidents.

Los Angeles was the worst for fatalities at 293. And believe it or not, Pittsburgh was the worst state for pedestrian fatalities, representing half of total fatalities.

Here is the complete list of the top 15 places in America that are the most dangerous to drive in per 100,000 population, with their fatality rate listed in parentheses:

15. Oklahoma City, Okla. (13.41)
14. Birmingham, Ala. (13.55)
13. Tulsa, Okla. (14.00)
12. St. Petersburg, Fla. (14.27)
11. Jacksonville, Fla. (14.36)
10. Lubbock, Texas (14.97)
9. Memphis, Tenn. (15.08)
8. Jackson, Miss. (15.53)
7. Chattanooga, Tenn. (16.39)
6. Salt Lake City, Utah (16.51)
5. San Bernardino, Calif. (17.12)
4. Little Rock, Ark. (17.94)
3. Augusta-Richmond Co., Ga. (19.57)
2. Orlando, Fla. (19.95)
1. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (22.39)

Sources: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/article/214647/368/Jacksonville-Among-Top-15-Dangerous-Cities-for-Drivers, http://autos.yahoo.com/news/15-dangerous-cities-for-driving.html and http://www.cnbc.com/id/43948183?_source=yahooautos|dangerous|&par=yahooautos

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