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September 23, 2018

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Screech! Wait until you see where Las Vegas ranks in driver safety

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Motorists navigate rush hour traffic on Interstate 15 in Clark County near the Strip.

Las Vegas and North Las Vegas rank in the bottom half of American cities in driver safety and are sliding down the scale, says a new study by Allstate. And while things were brighter in Henderson, it also fell in the rankings.

In its 2018 America’s Best Drivers Report, the insurance giant placed Las Vegas at 122 among the nation’s 200 largest cities. That was 10 places down from last year.

North Las Vegas fared even worse, dropping 20 places in the rankings to 140th. As for Henderson, it was far safer — No. 57 — but that was six places down from 2017.

The rankings were based partly on the average number of years that drivers go between collisions, a figure based on Allstate’s claims. Ten years is the national average, but in Las Vegas it’s 7.8 and in North Las Vegas it’s 7.5. Henderson was below the national average, at nine years.

The report also shows that Las Vegas motorists are 28.2 percent above the national average in their likelihood of making a claim. The figure is 33.5 percent for North Las Vegas and 10.5 percent for Henderson.

Reno ranked as the safest Nevada city, at No. 29. But it also slid, having been ranked No. 19 in 2017;.

Although many of the cities near the top of the rankings are smaller than Las Vegas, the report wasn’t based on sheer volume of accidents. The municipalities in the Kansas City metro area, which is slightly smaller than Las Vegas, ranked in the top quarter, with Kansas City placing No. 2 overall.

This year’s top-ranked city was Brownsville, Texas, where drivers go an average of 13.6 years between accidents and are 26.3 percent less likely to file claims than the national average.

At the bottom is Baltimore, where the average duration between accidents is just 3.8 years and motorists are 163.2 more likely to file claims than the national average.