Pat yourselves on the back, Jacksonville.
Drivers here are the second safest in cities of similar size, according to an evaluation by Allstate that analyzed data from collision claims.
Jacksonville drivers can expect to go 9.7 years between collisions. Only the Denver area, where a driver is likely to get in an auto accident every 10 years, is safer among cities with populations of 750,000 to 1 million, according to the report.
The report didn’t draw conclusions about why drivers in Jacksonville are better at avoiding crashes than other places, but the state’s Department of Transportation speculates that road improvements may be contributing. The state has over half-a-billion dollars in the works in Duval, Clay and Nassau counties for such improvements as lighting and traffic signal upgrades, widened shoulders, and the installation of electronic message boards.
Additionally, Jacksonville has added traffic light cameras at several high-volume intersections to deter red-light runners. The overall number of lanes has increased in the city and design standards have been improved.
Jacksonville drivers may not like all those orange cones, but road improvements seem to be making a big difference. The city has improved its safety record from the 2012 ranking, rising to 73rd from 82nd among 200 cities. Prior to 2009, it was a more dangerous place to drive, according to Allstate’s study.
Other cities in Florida with worse scores include Hialeah, where drivers can expect a collision once every 5.6 years, and Miami, where the span is 6.3 years. Among those better than Jacksonville are Cape Coral, at 10.6 years and Port St. Lucie, at 10.5 years.
The safest driving city in the country is Fort Collins, Colorado, where drivers can expect to go 13.9 years between crashes.
The worst city for driving was Washington DC, where a driver can expect a collision every 4.8 years.
Crash numbers may be trending in the right direction locally, but, unfortunately, auto crash fatalities are increasing in number across the United States, according to the most recent figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in its report Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities in 2012.
There was an increase of nearly 1,700 deaths in the first three quarters of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, the report indicates. It was the first year-to-year increase in fatalities since 2005.
Yes, driving in Jacksonville seems to be getting a little safer. Still, crashes happen every day. One highway collision is one too many, especially if that one involves you or someone you love.
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