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Glendale, Los Angeles Fail 'Best Drivers Report'

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When it comes to collision frequency, the Southland isn't doing all that great. Well, that's according to Allstate Insurance's 6th annual "Best Drivers Report" that is based on company claim data.

Of the 193 largest U.S. cities, Glendale came in at 191, which chances of getting into a collision in the city 70.8% more than the national average. Los Angeles ranked 183 (44.7%), just two of cities ahead of San Francisco at 185 (49.1%).

"It makes it look like our residents are bad drivers," said Sgt. Tom Lorenz, Glendale's police spokesperson, to the Daily News. "But most people who get tickets in this city are people who don't live in this city. We're the third-largest city in (Los Angeles County). We have one of the largest malls in the country. We have tons of commuters."

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The question begs to ask, however, are Glendale's streets designed safely? Or is this an issue of population, density and a number of other factors?

California's second largest city San Diego ranked 103 with a 8.3% elative Accident Likelihood (to the national average), earning second safest city for cities with a population over one million. Other L.A. County cities like Palmdale and Lancaster ranked 73 and 75, respectively. Long Beach earned 121.

The California city with the lowest ranking was Salinas and its 15 spot. It actually recieved a negative rating for accident likelihood: -12.5%