Alexandria Drivers Among Nation’s Worst

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

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

Washington, D.C., came in highest out of 195 cities in crash frequency, and Baltimore was second. Alexandria was ranked 189, in seventh place, with a relative accident likelihood of 62.6 percent above the national average.

In 12th place was Arlington, ranked at 184, with a relative accident likelihood 53 percent above the national average.

The honor of “America’s Safest Driving City" is Sioux Falls, S.D., the fifth time in the history of the report that the 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."

Isle D Belle September 12, 2012 at 03:35 PM
So, out of the last 4 work days, during three of those days, Friday, Tuesday and today, Route 295 into DC from Alexandria was backed up from the ramp after the Wilson Bridge all the way over the 11th St Bridge. On two days those back ups were due to accidents. Today's back up was the result of a car fire. It took me over 2 hours to drive the 15 miles to my job yesterday. I think that people who have accidents should be subject to paying large fines that reflect the lost time and stress that they put their fellow drivers through.
mn September 12, 2012 at 05:37 PM
The only thing surprising about this is that cities in Maryland aren't higher aside from Baltimore. I don't usually have much issue in VA, but the second I drive into MD I take my life into my hands. Last weekend I took a drive to Annapolis, and was flicked off twice in ten minutes, both times for driving like a normal, responsible human, and nearly driven off the road twice too. Not only are they dangerous, but also angry. Not that Route 1 is much better, but in my entire life of living in Alexandria I've seen less aggressive driving than in one weekend in MD.
Molly September 12, 2012 at 08:09 PM
The reason Maryland cities are not mentioned is because their drivers are always in Virginia, hence causing the insanely high number of accidents in Alexandria and Arlington.
Larry Altenburg September 13, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I truly dislike the characterization that Alexandria drivers are the worst. The issue is more that Alexandria roads are where more accidents occur, regardless of where the driver is from. We have so many pass-through drivers from places other than Alexandria who don't know the roads well and get into crashes.
Neal Learner September 13, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I drive through the neighborhoods of Old Town every day, and my big complaint is drivers who think the place to stop at a four-way stop-sign is the second white line of the cross walk. NO! It's the large white stripe before you get to the cross walk. With these jack-rabbit drivers, one never knows if/where they're going to stop, or just blow through the intersection all together. Very nerve-wracking, and an accident waiting to happen.


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