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Study: Tampa drivers among the worst in the nation

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

If you've been behind the wheel on the Tampa highways, there's a good chance you have an opinion about the other drivers out there.

Whatever you're thinking probably isn't as bad as a recent study.

According to a Slate Magazine article, Tampa is home to the 4th worst drivers in the country.

In fact, Florida dominated the worst drivers list.

Hialeah came in at number three and Miami was ranked the worst.

So what do Tampa drivers think about this dubious distinction?

"Oh I agree," said Tracy Ricci of Safety Harbor.

"I can definitely picture that, there are some pretty bad drivers out there," said Alex Johnston of St. Pete.

That's right.

No anger, no shock, just simple acceptance.

"They just drive crazy around here," said David Cary of Palm Harbor.

The author compiled data from several different driving studies to come up with his conclusion.

Meanwhile, local drivers have their suspicions about who's bringing us down.

The young blame the old.

"I honestly think it's all the old people, there are some pretty bad drivers out there," said Johnston, who is 17 years old.

The natives say it's the transplants.

"I would say it's those that come in from out of town," said Ricci.

But what about the professionals, the people who make their living behind the wheel? What do they think about this study?

"I come in and out of this airport a lot and I merge a lot out on the highways, and people let you on the roads here," said driver Robert Andrews.

But do these lists and studies do more than hurt our Florida pride?

Can being placed on a list like this hurt drivers in the pocket in the form of higher insurance premiums?

"The fact that Tampa or any city in Florida shows up on a worst drivers list does not affect your individual rates," said Larry Patrick of AAA Insurance.

A relief for drivers all over the Sunshine State for sure.

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