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Drivers sound off on poor safety ranking

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Ask anyone on Lexington's roads about their fellow drivers and you may get a similar response to this- "I could make a career of citing people for not using their turn signals," said Terry Hightower, a driver. "80-90 percent of people don't use their turn signals when they're changing lanes."

It's one of the reasons Lexington's losing ground in the battle for best drivers in the nation, according to Allstate insurance Company, which recently release it's 9th Annual Best Drivers Report.

We've plummeted from 7th in 2009 to 48th place in 2013.

Last year, Lexington was ranked 41st out of 200 U.S. cities.

The worst place for wrecks in the city, according to police, is the roundabout at Wellington Way and Reynolds Road.

There were 36 wrecks at that location in 2012 with an average of three auto accidents a month.

"I've seen a motorcycle wreck, I've seen a 4-wheeler wreck and my biggest concern is over, people in Europe, they know how to do this- they've been doing this their whole life," said Hightower.

Kentucky's Transportation Cabinet says no matter how many safety and education programs it provides, it's the driver's ultimate responsibility to ensure safety on the roads.

"It's good to plan ahead, allow enough travel time, distance between vehicles and especially when you're traveling behind tractor trailer trucks," said Natasha Lacy, Public Information Officer for the agency.

Drivers like Hightower have their own advice.

"If you can stay away from downtown, I think you'll be o.k."

Lexington drivers still fared better than 91st-ranked Louisville and 115th-ranked Cincinnati.

This year's best drivers are from Fort Collins, Colorado (for the third year in a row) and the worst are from Washington, D.C.


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