Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights named cities with rudest drivers

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The Latest – Tuesday, Sept. 21

A representative for the city of Rancho Cordova sent FOX40 a response to Insurify’s survey, with a list of rebuttals for what the representative says are the insurance company’s “spurious claims.”

1. Not a representative survey: Insurify’s data set is people who applied for insurance with them. This is not a scientific, random sample survey.

2. Insurify won’t share their data (we asked), so we can’t verify their claims. But we do have our data, and our analyst went through every single 2021 citation.

a. Based on 2021 traffic citations within the City of Rancho Cordova, we have issued 99 citations for the various ‘rude’ (their term) violations noted in the ‘survey.’ 

b. Per the 2020 US Census, the City of Rancho Cordova has 79,332 residents. The Census Bureau also estimates 54,828 of those residents are 16 years of age or older. Assuming all residents who are 16 or older are drivers, that equates to 1.8 ‘rude’ violations per 1,000 residents. This is well below the 65.37 in reported in this ‘survey.’ In addition, the city has a workforce of approximately 65,000, per estimates. 

3. There are over 19,000 incorporated cities and towns in the United States. This study claims to review 869, less than 5% of all incorporated cities and towns. How is this a ‘national’ claim?

4. Your driving history follows you, so while a citation may be in your driving history, the ‘survey’ doesn’t take into account that those violations may not have happened here.

5. The subjective terminology Insurify uses to label specific moving violations can only be called sensationalism at best, and spurious at worst.

6. Look at the source: Insurify is an insurance broker with a vested interest in selling auto insurance.

Ashley Downton, Senior Communications Officer for the City of Rancho Cordova

Original story below:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A new report has listed Rancho Cordova and Citrus Heights as the cities with the nation’s rudest drivers.

In a new report from Insurify.com, both cities were named as having drivers far ruder than the national average based on an analysis of Insurify’s “database of over 4 million car insurance applications in 2021.”

Ventura, Ca., Hampton, Ga., and Petersburg, Va., rounded out the top five.

According to the report, “rude drivers” have one or more of the following infractions on their driving records:

  • Failure to yield.
  • Failure to stop.
  • Improper backing.
  • Passing where prohibited.
  • Tailgating.
  • Street racing.
  • Hit-and-run.

Cities with the highest amount of drivers with these violations were determined to be the cities with the rudest drivers.

The Rancho Cordova Police Department disputed the report in a Facebook post Monday afternoon.

“Today, you might have seen a “survey” circulating from Insurify stating that the City of Rancho Cordova has the “rudest” drivers in our nation. This “survey” is spurious, and we want to present you with the facts,” Rancho Cordova police said.

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