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Pembroke Pines Is America's Second Most Dangerous City for Driving

The people of Pembroke Pines didn't need number-crunching analysts from Cambridge to tell them how scary it is to be behind the wheel in their city. But after reviewing three months of data from 15,000 people driving 18 million miles across the country, the team at Cambridge Mobile Telematics has concluded that Pembroke Pines is statistically the country's second most dangerous city to drive in — right after Jersey City. 

The study used the data from a new app called EverDrive. It looks to improve users' bad driving habits by measuring their speed, acceleration, hard turning, harsh braking and phone distractions. Though not the worst in the country in any one category, drivers in Pembroke Pines were especially bad at turning corners and being easily distracted. 

Since the beginning of this year, at least nine people have died in car accidents within Pembroke Pine's 35-square-mile limits. In January, a 24-year-old woman ran a red light and fatally crashed into a police officer's Chevy Tahoe. In March, a 53-year-old man died when his silver pickup hit a tree on Northwest 196th Avenue. In April, a mom and two kids were killed and five others were hurt in a rollover crash on I-75.

In May, a 36-year-old man died after crashing into a school bus, and a 90-year-old woman was fatally struck while crossing North University Drive. Last month, a 16-year-old boy was killed after being struck by a car on Pines Boulevard, a 19-year-old died when he slammed his car into a pole, and 39-year-old mother of three died when she veered off the turnpike and struck several trees. A few days ago, a man crashed into a stop sign after threatening to hit a woman with his car. 

Miami drivers may have a bad rep, but in the study they ranked safer than Fort Lauderdale, Miami Gardens, and Coral Springs. Though home to the second most dangerous city to drive in, Florida as a whole ranked as only the 11th worst state after Georgia and Delaware. 

Here are the most dangerous driving cities in America: 
1. Jersey City, New Jersey
2. Pembroke Pines, Florida
3. Long Beach, California
4. Bridgeport, Connecticut
5. Yonkers, New York
6. Stamford, Connecticut
7. Santa Clarita, California
8. Elizabeth, New Jersey
9. Naperville, Illinois
10. Fontana, California

Here are the most dangerous driving states in America: 
1. Rhode Island
2. New Jersey
3. Connecticut
4. New Hampshire
5. Hawaii
6. Massachusetts
7. New York
8. Maryland
9. Pennsylvania
10. Delaware
11. Florida
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Jess Swanson is a staff writer at New Times. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and wrote briefly for the student newspaper until realizing her true calling: pissing off fraternity brothers by reporting about their parties on her crime blog. Especially gifted in jumping rope and solving Rubik’s cubes, she also holds the title for longest stint as an unpaid intern in New Times history. She left the Magic City for New York to earn her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she spent a year profiling circumcised men who were trying to regrow their foreskins for a story that ultimately won the John Horgan Award for Critical Science Journalism. Terrified by pizza rats and arctic temperatures, she quickly returned to her natural habitat.
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