Austin steers onto list of Texas’ most dangerous cities for drivers

When it comes to road safety, the Austin-Round Rock subway area can be described as a one-way street.

An analysis of 2018 data from the US Census Bureau and the Texas Department of Transportation released by Aceable of Austin, an online driving course provider, places Austin 18th in the top 20 most dangerous cities for drivers, while Round Rock is ranked 18th the eighth safest.

Aceable ranked the 40 largest cities in Texas based on the number of fatal road accidents per 100,000 people. Austin had 6.84 fatal road accidents per 100,000 population, putting it in the danger zone. Meanwhile, Round Rock had 3.11 fatal accidents per 100,000 population, making it one of the safest places to be.

“From distracted driving to drunk and drugged driving to drowsy driving and outdated laws and infrastructures, many factors play a role in road safety – and the reality is that most accidents are actually largely avoidable,” said Laura Adams, analyst for Driving Safety and Education at Aceable, says in a February 19 publication. “We hope this report will encourage drivers, local leaders and lawmakers across the state to take action to make the roads safer.”

The most dangerous city for Texas drivers is Dallas, with 14.42 fatal traffic accidents per 100,000 population. Other cities in Texas on the most dangerous list are San Antonio No. 11 with 8.81 fatal accidents per 100,000 population and Houston with Abilene No. 14 with 8.13 fatal accidents per 100,000 population.

The two safest cities in Texas are Allen and The Woodlands, both of which have had no fatal road accidents. Waco is the 15th safest (5.79 fatal road accidents per 100,000 population), followed by Killeen (16th) with 6.04 deaths per 100,000 population.

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