Eugene Ranks High for Driver Safety

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EUGENE, Ore. — A new report ranks Eugene one of the safest driving cities in the country.

It came in at 12th. So we took the streets to see if drivers agreed with the lofty ranking.

For the last 12 years Zall Villanueva has taught young Eugenians to steer safely, and it looks like training courses like those at the Oregon Driver Training Institute are working.

Eugene is ranked one of the safest driving cities. Out of 200 cities surveyed, Eugene is parked at 12. Portland needed to mind the lights a little more–coming in at 151.

“People seem to be in more of a hurry in the bigger cities for some reason,” Villanueva said.

The report found the average Eugene driver will experience a crash every 12 years, but this doesn’t mean immune to the accidents as evidence by a fender bender we witnessed firsthand Tuesday in the parking lot of the DMV.

“What I have seen is people not coming to a complete stop for the stop sign, and when they are turning a lot of people don’t put on their turn signal or even look over their shoulder when they are turning,” said Eugene resident Alex Lonnquist.

“From watching my parents specifically, they need to work on their speed,” said driving student Perry Williams.

Still, those snapping pictures while getting those driver’s licenses can smile a little bigger, knowing they’re pulling out into a city that’s safer than most.

Fatal car crashes across the U.S. are at the lowest they’ve been since 1949, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says there are still more than 32,000 each year.


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