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Old 09-04-2010, 11:18 PM
 
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Report: Las Vegas drivers more prone to accidents


I knew it. Vindicated! I'll reiterate - scariest drivers. Ever.
I'll be avoiding that highway like the plague.

But let's discuss why this might be the case. Transplants from specific cities or states? Foreigners? Tourists? Gangbangers? Highway not intuitively laid out? Blinded by the sun? What gives?
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Old 09-04-2010, 11:29 PM
 
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Drunk drivers, especially with 24 hour bars and casinos all over the place.
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Old 09-04-2010, 11:37 PM
 
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It could be worst, I mean really look at all the other cities--it still not as bad. Washington, DC took the last spot, I'm not surprise, with all the foreign taxi drivers.

Las Vegas, NV 144 153 558,383 21.0% 8.3
Orlando, FL 145 146 230,519 21.4% 8.2
Atlanta, GA 146 148 537,958 22.4% 8.2
Hollywood, FL 147 143 141,740 23.1% 8.1
New Orleans, LA 148 154 311,853 23.6% 8.1
Irvine, CA 149 158 207,500 23.9% 8.1
Torrance, CA 150 156 140,820 24.8% 8.0
Baton Rouge, LA 151 163 223,689 25.3% 8.0
Fremont, CA 152 140 202,867 25.4% 8.0
Oakland, CA 153 160 404,155 25.7% 8.0
Tampa, FL 154 152 340,882 26.0% 7.9
Plano, TX 155 162 267,480 26.4% 7.9
Norfolk, VA 156 159 234,220 28.0% 7.8
Grand Prairie, TX 157 165 160,641 28.3% 7.8
Bridgeport, CT 158 157 136,405 28.4% 7.8
New York, NY 159 145 8,363,710 28.6% 7.8
Pasadena, CA 160 164 143,080 29.1% 7.7
Houston, TX 161 161 2,242,193 29.5% 7.7
Sterling Heights, MI 162 137 127,160 30.0% 7.7
San Antonio, TX 163 168 1,351,305 30.2% 7.7
Fullerton, CA 164 176 131,868 31.0% 7.6
Yonkers, NY 165 147 201,588 31.1% 7.6
Garden Grove, CA 166 175 165,796 31.9% 7.6
Chicago, IL 167 170 2,853,114 32.3% 7.6
Carrollton, TX 168 166 125,595 33.5% 7.5
El Monte, CA 169 171 121,791 33.5% 7.5
Austin, TX 170 179 757,688 34.0% 7.5
Miami, FL 171 169 413,201 34.2% 7.5
Mesquite, TX 172 167 132,123 34.8% 7.4
Dallas, TX 173 173 1,279,910 35.2% 7.4
Arlington, VA 174 177 209,969 35.3% 7.4
Arlington, TX 175 172 374,417 35.4% 7.4
Irving, TX 176 183 201,358 35.5% 7.4
Alexandria, VA 177 174 143,885 38.0% 7.2
Paterson, NJ 178 181 145,643 38.6% 7.2
New Haven, CT 179 155 123,669 38.9% 7.2
Hialeah, FL 180 180 210,542 39.3% 7.2
Garland, TX 181 178 218,577 43.6% 7.0
Jackson, MS 182 63 173,861 44.7% 6.9
Los Angeles, CA 183 184 3,833,995 44.7% 6.9
Elizabeth, NJ 184 187 124,755 45.2% 6.9
San Francisco, CA 185 185 808,976 49.1% 6.7
Jersey City, NJ 186 182 241,114 50.2% 6.7
Philadelphia, PA 187 188 1,447,395 53.5% 6.5
Providence, RI 188 186 171,557 54.8% 6.5
Hartford, CT 189 190 124,062 59.4% 6.3
Newark, NJ 190 189 278,980 62.9% 6.1
Glendale, CA 191 191 197,176 70.8% 5.9
Baltimore, MD 192 192 636,919 79.4% 5.6
Washington, DC
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Old 09-05-2010, 01:48 AM
 
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Exactly what do those numbers represent?
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Old 09-05-2010, 02:23 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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This has been cussed and discussed for 50 years around here. The fact is nobody knows, but everyone has a guess. Mine is that everyone here comes with a different set of bad driving habits from different parts of the country. I believe that north easterners, Texans, and me (WV = mid-Atlantic state) are the most aggressive.

When they come up with these lists, if they are averaging, you gotta wonder if they took into account that on any given day our population averages 100,000 people higher than the census says it is due to tourists. And that means some days it could be even and other days 500,000 more.

And you gotta wonder how many accidents are caused by tourists, not to mention all the newbies who are still in the gawking around mode.
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Old 09-05-2010, 02:45 AM
 
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Ad's telling you that you can turn DUI's and Speeding tickets into dust certainly don't help. Dividing the city into separate master planned communities where people feel like they can escape only adds to people's intolerance of others both on the road and off. I love Vegas and don't regret moving here but there is a definite lack of community as a whole which I believe certainly adds to people showing varying levels of curtiousy on the road. Add to that how many of the stoplights turn yellow immediately, causing people to gun it through red lights and there you go.
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Old 09-05-2010, 06:18 AM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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Report: Las Vegas drivers more prone to accidents


I knew it. Vindicated! I'll reiterate - scariest drivers. Ever.
I'll be avoiding that highway like the plague.

But let's discuss why this might be the case. Transplants from specific cities or states? Foreigners? Tourists? Gangbangers? Highway not intuitively laid out? Blinded by the sun? What gives?
The first problem is that it does not compute..

Population is listed at 558,000 or such. That is the population of the City of Las Vegas...but it would appear that they have dropped the 700,000 who have a Las Vegas address but do not live in the City of Las Vegas.

What it really says is that big cities have more accidents per capita than small ones.

The only rational way to do Las Vegas would be as the Las Vegas/Enterprise MSA. Any other approach assumes that the accidents in the City of Las Vegas are caused only or at least mostly by those who live there....a very unlikely outcome.

Note also that the key statistic is years between accidents. That says the best cities will be those where no one drives much. They do not appear to list mean miles driven between accidents or such which would favor the western cities.
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Old 09-05-2010, 08:59 AM
 
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Let me toot my own horn, I'm a safe, courteous driver!
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Old 09-05-2010, 09:43 AM
 
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Hi Everyone,i'm been in Vegas for almost 2 weeks visiting my brother and let me tell you,you gotta be very careful when your walking or riding a bike around here,because alot of the drivers just don't seem to yield for pedestrians even when the light indicates it's safe to cross the street,and many others who live here told me the same thing about the drivers to the point where some people would rather just take the bus,because even driving in Vegas can be dangerous.
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Old 09-05-2010, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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thats because we do not have the CALI Laws where if a ped even approaches a street everyone squeals to a halt....if ya ain't in a crosswalk there is a name for you....TARGET
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