Salt Lake City is 6th most dangerous city for driving

Published: Thursday, Aug. 11 2011 4:10 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — The crossroads of the west has recently garnered a little attention for how dangerous those roads are.

CNBC compiled a list of the 15 most dangerous cities to drive in, and Salt Lake City came in sixth.

The list focused on cities with a population above 150,000 and looked at the rate of traffic-related fatalities per 100,000 people, with Salt Lake City at a rate of 16.51.

The data used is from 2009, and in that year there were 30 total fatalities in Salt Lake City, according to CNBC. About 30 percent of those were pedestrian deaths.

No. 15 on the list was Oklahoma City, Okla., preceded by Birmingham, Ala.; Tulsa, Okla.; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Lubbock, Texas; Memphis, Tenn.; Jackson, Miss.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Salt Lake City; San Bernardino, Calif.; Little Rock, Ark.; Augusta-Richmond Co., Ga.; Orlando, Fla.; and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The list used data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System and General Estimates System, which listed Arlington, Va., as the safest place to drive in, with only 0.48 traffic fatalities per 100,000 people, while Fort. Lauderdale, Fla., had 22.39 traffic-related fatalities per 100,000 people.

e-mail: dnewlin@desnews.com

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