St. Louis Ranks as U.S. City with Most Dangerous Drivers

John Egan

St. Louis -- a bastion of beer and baseball -- reigns as the major U.S. city with the most dangerous drivers, according to a new list compiled by Men’s Health magazine.

To determine the rankings, Men’s Health took into account the rate of deadly car crashes in 100 major U.S. cities; the percentage of traffic deaths involving alcohol, speeding or hit-and-runs; the rate of seat belt use; the average number of years between car accidents; and laws on cellphone use while driving.

Compared with the city's ranking on last year's list, "the driving has only gotten more dangerous in St. Louis," Matt Marion, deputy editor of Men's Health, told Reuters.

Dallas comes in second on the list of the cities with the most dangerous drivers, followed by Charleston, W.Va.; Houston; Billings, Mont.; Providence, R.I.; Columbia, S.C.; Durham, N.C.; Orlando, Fla.; and Austin, Texas.

St. Paul, Minn., sits atop Men’s Health list of the cities with the safest drivers. Next in line is Lincoln, Neb., followed by Boston; Buffalo, N.Y.; Reno, Nev.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; New York City; Chesapeake, Va.; Madison, Wis.; and Aurora, Colo.

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