Springs one of nation’s safest cities

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It might not seem like it when an accident snarls traffic on Interstate 25, but Allstate Insurance Co. has ranked Colorado Springs as one of the safest cities.

The city ranks No. 23 on the list. According to Allstate data, the average driver in Colorado Springs will have a car crash once every 11.5 years.

“Drivers in Colorado Springs are making great progress toward keeping America’s roadways safer,” said Cally O’Donnell, Colorado Springs-based Allstate agent.

The report ranks America’s 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency, and was created to open a dialogue about safe driving. The safest city is Sioux Fall, S.D., the fifth year its held the top spot. The average driver in Sioux Falls will have a car crash every 13.8 years, which is 27.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.

Denver and Aurora drivers are less safe than those in Colorado Springs, with a crash every 10.2 years for the average driver.

Car crash fatalities are at the lowest level they’ve been since 1949, but still average more than 32,000 every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“It is vital for us to educate American drivers about safe driving behaviors they can practice on the road that will help make our roadways safer,” said O’Donnell. “Minimizing distractions, obeying traffic laws and using your car’s safety features … are all ways to be safer.”