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Oklahoma City drivers better, but still not good, Allstate report says

Oklahoma City drivers improved their standing in Allstate's annual Best Drivers Report, but the city still ranks as “one of the least safe.”
by Don Mecoy Modified: August 28, 2012 at 12:08 am •  Published: August 28, 2012

The average Oklahoma City driver will be involved in an auto collision every 10 years, which ranks the metro behind 79 other U.S. cities in Allstate Insurance Co.'s annual “Best Drivers Report.”

The 2012 report, based on Allstate claims data, said Oklahoma City “ranks as one of the least safe driving cities.”

Larry Dumas Jr., a local Allstate agency owner, said the report is designed to raise awareness rather than scold drivers.

“We don't want drivers in Oklahoma City to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Oklahoma City to make positive changes to their driving habits that will in turn make the city a safer place to live, work and raise families,” he said.

Although Oklahoma City ranks poorly in the report, the likelihood of being in an auto collision, when compared to the national average, decreased to 3.3 percent this year, from 5.1 percent.

OKC rises in ratings

Oklahoma City moved up four spots in the rankings as the average years between collisions improved to 10 years from 9.5 in 2011's Allstate report.

Oklahoma City drivers may take some satisfaction that they're not the state's worst. Tulsa, the only other state city listed in the report, ranked 95th, with an average of nine years between collisions, which is 6.5 percent more likely than the national average.

Tulsa did improve its standing from last year's report when it ranked 107th, and was rated 10.8 percent more likely to be the site of an accident than the national average.

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by Don Mecoy
Business Editor
Business Editor Don Mecoy has covered business news for more than a decade after earlier working on The Oklahoman's city, state and metro news desks, including a stint as city editor. He has won state and regional journalism awards for business,...
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