Study: ABQ is one of the most unsafe driving cities

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – No matter where people live, they think they’re surrounded by bad drivers. A new study out Tuesday showed if you live in Albuquerque, you really are surrounded by a lot of drivers who are mediocre at best.

“Albuquerque has some of the worst driving I’ve experienced in my entire life, and I’ve been driving for a very long time,” said Albuquerque resident Robert Valdez.

“Sometimes people are ridiculously, like crazy drivers and I feel like I’m going to get hit at any moment,” Maria Hinojos said.

“I can’t switch lanes without people cutting me off, or people won’t signal,” Kirsten Maestas said.

A new Allstate report on the best and the worst drivers in the country seems to agree, ranking Albuquerque 126 out of 200 cities for safe driving.

It falls way below nearby Denver and Phoenix.

The study said Albuquerque drivers will be in a car crash roughly every 8.6 years compared with the national average of every 10 years.

“I have seen some people that just speed up intentionally to not let you move over, so it’s not that surprising,” Hinojos said.

“People getting impatient, not making the correct turn signals, trying to run red lights,” said Victor Smith.

The study showed Albuquerque also sees more crashes in the rain and snow than other cities do.

Unfortunately, Albuquerque’s driving record has only been getting worse and worse over the past five years. We were number 76 in 2009 before creeping down to 100 two years ago.

Residents are ready for some positive change.

“Don’t forget to slow down and wear your seat belts and certainly don’t drive while under the influence of anything,” Valdez said.

Allstate didn’t have a theory as to why people in Albuquerque are getting more and more crash prone, but we do know that people in Albuquerque drive a lot and the streets are getting more crowded as the city grows.

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