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South Florida Near Bottom in Allstate Best Drivers Report

Hialeah, Miami rank low in list of large cities with good drivers



    Hialeah was rated the fourth-worst city in Allstate's annual "America's Best Drivers Report." Kate Hollcraft, a senior manager in media relations for Allstate, spoke about the ranking. (Published Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012)

    Insurance company Allstate has released its annual "America's Best Drivers Report" and as usual, South Floridians rank near the bottom of their list.

    Hialeah came in at number 192 and Miami number 187 on the list, which ranks the country's 200 largest cities according to car collision frequency.

    According to the list, Hialeah drivers are 77.6 percent more likely to get into a collision as compared to the national average. Miamians are 58.4 percent more likely.

    Washington D.C., Baltimore, Maryland and Providence, Rhode Island were the only cities to beat out Hialeah on the list.

    “I know that Hialeah is obviously in a bit of an area with a lot of congestion, and we know that for the most part when you see larger cities we know there’s of course more people, more traffic, and so consequently larger cities tend to have a higher volume of crashes," said Kate Hollcraft, a senior manager in media relations for Allstate.

    Allstate's safest driving city is Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where the average driver is 27.6 percent less likely to get into a collision than the national average.

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    According to Allstate, car crash fatalities are at their lowest level in the country since 1949, but more than 32,000 Americans die every year.

    "It is vital for us to educate American drivers about safe driving behaviors they can demonstrate on the road that will help make our roadways safer," Allstate's senior VP of claims, Mike Roche, said in a statement. "Minimizing distractions, obeying traffic laws, and using your car's safety features like turn signals and headlights, are all ways to be safer, no matter where you drive."

    Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood didn't fare much better in the report, coming in at number 147 and 166, respectively. The relative accident likelihood in Fort Lauderdale was 23.6 percent, while it was 32.6 percent in Hollywood.

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