MIAMI (CBS4) – If you think drivers are dangerous in South Florida, you’re right, especially in Fort Lauderdale which has topped a new list of the 15 most dangerous U.S. cities for driving.

According to the CNBC report, the list is based on traffic fatality statistics compiled from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Four Florida cities made the list including Fort Lauderdale which was ranked first, Orlando was ranked second, Jacksonville was 11th and St. Petersburg came in at 12th.

So why does Florida rank so badly?

Some blame the high number of New York transplants, tourists driving in unfamiliar territory and senior citizens, not to mention spring breakers, who may have compromised vision or reflexes.

Here’s the entire list:

1. Fort Lauderdale
2. Orlando
3. Augusta-Richmond Co., Georgia
4. Little Rock, Arkansas
5. San Bernardino, California
6. Salt Lake City, Utah
7. Chattanooga, Tennessee
8. Jackson, Mississippi
9. Memphis, Tennessee
10. Lubbock, Texas
11. Jacksonville
12. St. Petersburg
13. Tulsa, Oklahoma
14. Birmingham, Alabama
15. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Comments (8)
  1. yokolee says:

    Not Miami, how can that be?

    I am a horrible driver, but every time i get stop
    by they police….they let me go, God knows why?

  2. Chucky says:

    Yes, yoko, your driving does suck, but the heat lets lets you off easy because you are very gracious and kind.

  3. Vonnie says:

    I will agree on Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando, but St. Petersburg? We were there in June and November last year and you could throw a bowling ball down the streets of downtown.

  4. SweetT says:

    “So why does Florida rank so badly?

    Some blame the high number of New York transplants, tourists driving in unfamiliar territory and senior citizens. not to mention spring breakers, who may have compromised vision or reflexes.”

    CLEARLY those reason have been apparent since before the late 80s; New Yorkers, tourists & spring breakers all have been coming to So. FL for over 50 years and senior citizens are not as bad as those driver who simply DO NOT know how to drive!! With that said, it is the influx of cross the water diversity that has taken place over the past 25-30 years, those without DL or insurance who hit & run and those that text while driving. So it’s know surprise to the natives that Ft. Laud is #1!!!!!

  5. Sal Manilla says:

    Unfamiliar territory and senior citizens? How bout the silver heads that drive, lets say in Publix parking lot ? They look like they’ve NEVER been behind a wheel of a car ever. How the hell do these people get drivers licences? Do they go to the DMV and go “Hi I can’t see ,I have no idea where I am at all times and why am I here again?” Don’t worry heres your licence and have a nice day”! They cause more accidents from people trying to avoid them. I wouldn’t let them wheel a cart through Publix none the less stick one behind a wheel of a car. These people live here for years and still have no idea where anything is. Gee I wonder why Ft.Lauderdale is on the top of the list DUH?

  6. DriverFTL says:

    I’ve driven I-95 everywhere from Miami up to Pennsylvania. I’ve driven in Philadelphia and dealt with a busy city, narrow one way streets lined with cars on either side, and taxi drivers. Nothing seems to compare to the amount of horrible driver’s here in Ft. Lauderdale. On a daily basis I’m almost run off the road. I drive a black SUV it’s kinda hard to miss me, but whether it be a soccer mom with a car full of kids, or a public bus, they always seem to act like my vehicle is invisible and drive right into my lame. I’ve learned living here the past several years that you have to wait when a light turns green because atleast one car is going to blow the red light and come speeding by. Speeding is over the top here, someone driving a 35 mph road will do 60 and not even blink an eye. I was rear-ended at a red light in Ft. Lauderdale and when I went to the driver who hit me to get their information he threatened me and fled the scene screaming at me that I was wasting his time after he just hit my brand new car. Something has gone wrong here, more arrests need to be made, because it’s not safe to drive, it’s a daily struggle just to make sure I get to and from work without some idiot crashing into me. Just now on my way back from the beach coming over the Sunrise bridge a public bus pulled into my line right next to me, ignoring my car being there, ignoring me honking the horn for him to wake up and stop driving into my lane, he was going to drive me off the road and into the bridge if I hadn’t hit the breaks. Even after hitting the breaks the bus kept coming into my lane and was inches from my car. It’s scary driving here and it shouldn’t be this way. The bus that almost ran me off the road was bus 0303 #40 – license plate number 213933 and It stopped at the galleria mall at 3:10pm. To end my rant, I would just like to say that I wish people would pay more attention when they drive, because they may not care what happens and think they are invincible, but there are other people on the road and most times the innocent are the ones who get injured and killed by reckless drivers.

  7. BJ McLaughlin says:

    I’ve been saying for years that South Florida is the “bad driver capital of America”, but I never thought that we’d get NHTSA affirmation. Look at a parking lot down here. If they can’t EVEN park a car, why should we be surprised that they can’t DRIVE one. So now what? We get some kind of award, or party, or …what?

  8. BJ McLaughlin says:

    Driver FTL mentioned the County buses. OMG!!! Are you KIDDING me. The WORST drivers in the CITY are bus and taxi drivers. A County bus passed me Southbound on A1A early one morning going SO FAST that I at first thought it was an AMBULANCE. It’s a MIRACLE that more people aren’t injured or killed by these LUNATICS.