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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

New Study Ranks Sioux Falls, S.D. as Safest US Driving City

South Dakota's Largest City Earns Top Ratings for Third Straight Year

Allstate Insurance Company has again found that the safest drivers in the nation are to be found in South Dakota's largest city Sioux Falls. This is the third straight year that Sioux Falls has topped the list.

Researchers compared two years of internal crash data to determine the chance that drivers in 193 of the US's most populated cities would be involved in a crash.

According to Allstate, Sioux Falls motorists average an accident once every 14.6 years. That's 31.6 percent better than the national rate of one every 10 years.

Sioux Falls rate improved a notch from last year's average of one accident every 13.7 years.

Sioux Falls officials again credited the ranking to excellent traffic engineering and driver education programs.

Behind Sioux Falls were Fort Collins, Colo.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Sterling Heights, Mich.; Warren, Mich.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Lexington, Ky.; and Detroit.

According to the study, Washington, D.C. drivers were most at risk, averaging an accident once every 5.4 years.

Detroit ranked the best among cities with between 500,000 and 1 million people ranked 11th in population. Drivers in the Windy City are likely to experience a crash once every 12.4 years. Phoenix earned the highest safety ratings among cities with more than 1 million people with a collision likely once every 9.8 years.

Massachusetts' cities were not included, since Allstate does not write policies in the state.

To reward residents for their ranking, Allstate planned to give away free gas at a Sioux Falls filling station soon.

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