They have followed policies that created many jobs over the years. Granted, not all of the jobs created in auto body shops, wrecking yards, and insurance offices are in the city of Seattle, but that just shows how generous these leaders are. (With, admittedly, other people's money.)
Seattle has a rep for being full of bad drivers, from left-lane campers to passive-aggressive ragers. Are we really that awful?
Tuesday's annual study by insurance company Allstate has some pretty damning evidence.
The study looked at collision rates of Allstate customers in the country's 200 largest cities. It found that Seattle drivers get into a car crash every 7.8 years, a rate much higher than the national average of one crash per driver every 10 years.
That made Seattle one of the most dangerous cities for driving, in which we ranked a dismal 160th place on a list of 200 cities for safest drivers.
Unlike Vanessa Ho, I blame the city more than the drivers. I think that Seattle has invested too little in making its roads safer, and too much in show projects like light rail.
Highway designers have known for decades that there are ways to make roads safer, but I am not sure those lessons have reached Seattle's "progressive" elected leaders.
And I can not imagine any of them taking a trip to, say, Boise, to see what that city is doing right.
Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics.
(Here's the full Allstate report.)Posted by Jim Miller at August 28, 2013 09:00 AM | Email This