Allstate Insurance just released its 2013 America's Best Drivers Report.
To some surprise, Seattle ranked fairly low and came in 160th out of 200 U.S. cities for having the safest drivers, reports the Sun Break.
The ranking reviewed the average number of years for a driver between accidents. Drivers in the worst city on the list -- Washington D.C. -- averaged only 4.8 years between accidents. In Seattle, drivers averaged 7.8 years between accidents and Tacoma drivers averaged 8.1 years between accidents. In contrast, the safest city in America according to the survey, Fort Collins, drivers averaged only one accident every 13.9 years.
While the number of accidents in the Seattle area may seem high, an explanation may be that certain really bad drivers account for a very high percentage of the crashes. For example, some repeat drunk drivers may account for three or four accidents in a short period of time.
As a result, new drunk driving laws aimed at these repeat drunk drivers may help improve Seattle and Tacoma's score on the Allstate Insurance survey.
You may already know that the new drunk driving laws set to go into effect will require individuals convicted of two or more DUIs to install an ignition interlock device. In addition, a repeat DUI offender may be required to undergo daily alcohol monitoring. These laws are aimed at making roads safer for drivers in Washington.
If you have any questions about Washington's new DUI laws or if you have been charged with drunk driving, you will want to contact an experienced attorney. The penalties for a DUI can be severe.
The lawyers at Wolff Criminal Defense are experienced DUI defense lawyers and can help review the charges against you and your options for defense. Call us at 425-284-2000 to discuss your case.