Virginia Beach ranks in top 15 for worst drivers across country

(This map shows the top 15 cities with the worst drivers according to a study by QuoteWizard)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Atlanta, New York and Orlando may have bigger populations than the Virginia Beach metro area, but they also have millions of better drivers than the Hampton Roads area, according to one study.

Home to more than 1.7 million people, Hampton Roads was listed in the top 15 metropolitan areas with the worst drivers in the United States by a QuoteWizard study.

The study used 2 million data points to compare the country’s 75 most populated metro areas and determine which is home to the best and worst drivers. The data included the number of accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs and traffic citations issued in each city.

The higher a metropolitan area ranked on the list, the worse the drivers were, the study concluded.

Hampton Roads ranked as number 12 on the list of worst drivers, beating out major cities like Dallas, Detroit and Miami. It wasn’t the only Virginia region that topped the list — the Richmond metro area was ranked as number four for worst drivers.

In a similar QuoteWizard study released in December 2016, Virginia was ranked as number 3 for worst drivers in the United States. That study used Federal Highway Administration fatality data that provided the numbers of total accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, citations and fatalities in a given state.

Data released by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles in 2015 showed that Virginia Beach was home to 325,359 licensed drivers at that time. The city’s drivers were involved in 6,877 wrecks, of which 16 were fatal. About half of those wrecks — 3,363 — resulted in injuries, and 502 were alcohol-related, including eight of the fatal crashes.

In 2015, Norfolk had about 129,807 licensed drivers, according to the same data. There were 3,816 crashes in Norfolk at that time, and 15 of them were fatal. As a result of the crashes, 2,261 people were injured.

About 200 of the crashes in Norfolk were alcohol-related, including 7 that were fatal, the data showed.

Click here to read the entire QuoteWizard study and see how Virginia Beach stacks up to other metropolitan areas around the country.

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.