Boise traffic

Traffic flows on Front Street in downtown Boise on Tuesday.

If you’re still grumbling over your morning commute today, you may find this one hard to believe, but according to Allstate Insurance, Boise has been ranked 2nd among the nation’s 200 largest cities for having the best drivers. That’s based on collision frequency; Boise was bested only by Brownsville, Texas, which also ranked No. 1 last year; Boise moved up from No. 3 to No. 2. Allstate said it’s celebrating “the top ranked cities’ drivers as an example for other communities.”

Ranking last on the list was Baltimore, Md., followed by Washington, D.C. and Boston. I’ve not driven in Baltimore or D.C., but based on a long-ago trip through Boston, I heartily endorse and believe its low ranking. You can read my full story here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or pick up Wednesday's Idaho Press.

“The best drivers buckle up on every trip, obey the speed limit and never drive while impaired or distracted,” said Dr. David Harkey, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which partners with Allstate on the annual ranking. “If everyone followed these rules, we would have fewer crashes, injuries and deaths every day of the year.”

The only other city in our region to crack the top 25: Reno, which came in 25th. Salt Lake City ranked 67th; Spokane, 87th; Seattle, 155th; and Portland, 181st out of 200. New York City came in 111th — better than both Seattle and Portland.

This year's Allstate America's Best Drivers Report is the 15th annual report the firm has published.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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