CRISIS: New report ranks Baton Rouge second most dangerous city to drive, after Detroit

Days after Gov. John Bel Edwards announced an executive order creating a statewide Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure Investment, CRISIS, the Baton Rouge area regional business-led coalition for transportation improvements, announced a new study that ranks Baton Rouge the second most dangerous city in the nation for drivers, ranking behind only Detroit.

This latest report follows studies in 2015 that ranked Baton Rouge third worst in the nation for average annual commuter traffic delay among mid-size cities, and eleventh worst in the nation for road conditions.

“Yet another report has independently verified what Baton Rouge area drivers unfortunately already know based on experience, which is that our roads are not only the worst in the state but among the worst in the nation for traffic congestion, road conditions, and now safety for drivers, according to this new study,” said Scott Kirkpatrick, executive director of CRISIS.  “We thank Governor Edwards for establishing a much-needed task force on these issues and look forward to working with the task force to address the uniquely multifaceted challenges facing the Baton Rouge Area.”

Baton Rouge’s second-most dangerous ranking comes according to a new analysis by NerdWallet, a financial education center, which examined the risks for those who drive in nearly 200 of the nation’s most populous cities. Among other factors, NerdWallet looked at car crashes and the number of fatal accidents to determine which cities are the safest and which places are the most dangerous for drivers.

The report’s analysis of Baton Rouge, including its reason for ranking it behind Detroit, included the following:

Baton Rouge recorded 38 fatal crashes in 2014. Though the number is far fewer than Detroit, which had 110 fatal accidents, Baton Rouge’s population is much smaller, which means its rate of 16.6 fatal crashes per 100,000 residents is the highest in our analysis.

For specific criteria, the report ranked the nation’s biggest cities to find a score based on five metrics: the rate of fatal crashes, the likelihood of an accident relative to other cities, the number of years between accidents, the risk of auto larceny, and the risk of having a vehicle stolen.

Posted on June 13, 2016 .