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Rochester Business Journal
August 26, 2014

Rochester has been named one of the least safe cities for driving among the nation’s largest 200 cities, a study from Allstate Insurance Co. reports.

The area ranked 144th on the report, while Buffalo ranked 178th and Syracuse ranked 136th.

Among the findings, Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report found that the average driver in Rochester will experience a car accident every eight years. The city ranked 153rd when population was considered, 114th when population density was considered and 146th when precipitation was considered.

“We don’t want drivers in Rochester to be discouraged by their ranking,” said Jaclyn Darrohn, Allstate New York spokeswoman. “Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Rochester to make positive changes to their driving.”

The nation’s safest city for driving is Fort Collins, Colo. It is the fourth year the city has held the top spot. The average driver will have a collision every 14.2 years in Fort Collins, the report shows.

Rochester was ranked 131st in 2013 and 2012.

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