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Georgia driver not tops on safe drivers list

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - When it comes to good driving, Georgia doesn't score well.

Atlanta placed 148th out of 193 cities on Allstate's America's Best Drivers Report. Albany wasn't included in the rankings. Dougherty County HEAT officers say since their program started the county has cut the number of wrecks with injuries by 40-percent.

Officers say the problem is drivers have gotten away from common driving courtesy.

"No one uses their turn signals to make a land change anymore, when you come up to make a turn how many people do you see not use their turn signal and you're waiting to make a turn out in front of them. You've got people out here now that try to beat red lights when it turns yellow, they believe the yellow light is to tell them to hurry up and speed up and not that they need to slow down for that light," said Lt. Thomas Jackson, Dougherty County Police.

According to Allstate, Atlanta drivers are involved in a car crash on average every eight years. Drivers in Augusta ranked the highest in Georgia at 53rd. Columbus came in 78th nationally and Savannah ranked 96th.

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