Garland Swears it Doesn't Really Have the Worst Drivers in Texas

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Each year, Allstate comes out with a list of America's worst drivers, and each year, Dallas is puzzled to discover it doesn't come out on top, an honor typically reserved for Washington, D.C.

That's not to say that drivers here aren't terrible. In this year's report, Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Irving, Grand Prairie, Mesquite, Garland, Arlington and Dallas are all clustered in the bottom quarter. It's just that they could be worse.

Garland is the only city with a legitimate shot to crack the top 10. With drivers there averaging 6.8 years between accidents, which puts it at a respectable 16th from the bottom. The ranking gives the suburb an undisputed claim to having Texas' worst drivers.

See also: Dallas Has Country's 34th Worst Drivers, Which is Ridiculous. We Drive Much Worse Than That.

Yet Garland has so far declined to exercise its duly earned bragging rights, opting instead to pursue a policy of denial. Garland police spokesman Joe Harn told The Dallas Morning News that the criteria are "unfair."

It only represents the 10 percent of drivers who are covered by Allstate, for example; Garlandites with other coverage could have sterling safety records. It also doesn't control for where an accident happens, just where the driver lives.

Whining isn't going to score Garland any points. Better to embrace the worst-drivers-in-Texas label and spin it to the city's advantage. Maybe the abnormally high number of car accidents is a manifestation of Garlandites' fervent love of freedom. Or, alternatively, it could be the sign of a spontaneous, grassroots effort to punish traffic violators. Not that hard.


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16 comments
John1073
John1073

Garland has the worst drivers in Mexico.

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

The D/FW area has so many unsafe drivers who cause accidents because there are so many new drivers from other countries on our roadways. Just look at the DMV offices that have people waiting in line early in the morning to take driving tests that are not teenagers. Damn people can't even read the road signs much less drive safely.

SumTingWong
SumTingWong

No way we are excellent drivers her in Garland.

ElFlaco714
ElFlaco714

"I know it looks like zombies destroyed it, but that's just Garland,"

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

Using insurance data skews the results.  What city has the highest uninsured rate?  In the Park Cities, the missing data is insignificant.  In Dallas it may be 25-30% of total, maybe higher if you assume people with most accidents least likely to retain insurance.

markzero
markzero

I'd be more interested to see charts listing where the most accidents caused by uninsured motorists happen.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

Well, I drive all over the metroplex. The places I've had the most close calls with truly horrendous drivers (doing thing like turning from non-turn lanes and going the wrong way) are North Dallas (specifically the service roads around the High 5), Plano, and Frisco. And, whenever I am able to actually see the driver, they almost always have a cell phone in their hand.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Doesnt Kergo have some sayng about Garland?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

That looks like what happened when Big Kitty snatched my keys and went joy riding.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@Tim.Covington 

I've found poor drivers with cell phones in every corner of the city, from every conceivable background, driving every sort of vehicle imaginable.

Cell phone offenders seem to be evenly disbursed throughout the population of drivers without regard to race, class, religious or political affiliation.

Assholery is an equal opportunity occupation.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I can laugh now, but when I started on this possibly ill-fated attempt at teaching them to talk a terrible incident cost me a huge vet bill.  I got Miss U to deconstruct "meow" into "me" and "ow".  I'd say, "Who's Miss U?", and she'd say "me".  When I poked her in the ribs she said, "ow".  The two Siamese males started taunting her and Big Kitty went over and punched them both, which led to a huge fight among the three.  I had to rush Cheng to the vet with a split ear for stitches.  When we got home poor Miss U was trembling under the bed and Big Kitty was up on the mantle with one leg dangling over the edge, with a menacing look on her face.  The others were in hiding somewhere.  Cheng spent the rest of the night curled up on my bed.

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