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Study: New York City has some of the worst commutes in the nation

In vehicle traffic law news, INRIX -- a Washington-based software company that makes traffic/driver apps for mobile phones -- made some rather interesting findings concerning overall traffic patterns here in the U.S. in a study released just last month. In fact, it also ranked the ten worst stretches of highway in the U.S. for daily commutes and the ten cities with the worst overall commutes.

Here, the researchers examined a database consisting of information gleaned from the GPS systems of approximately 100 million motor vehicles, including cars, trucks, taxis, airport shuttles and delivery vans.

Some of the more intriguing findings of the study included the following:

  • Traffic congestion dropped by as much as 30 percent across the nation. However, researchers attributed much of this drop to lower employment rates, higher fuel prices and people simply choosing to drive less
  • Americans spend an average of 40 hours a year stuck in commuter bottlenecks
  • The best times to be on the road appear to be Friday and Monday morning, while the worst times appear to be Friday afternoon and Tuesday morning
  • Eight of the nation's ten worst stretches of highway for daily commuters are found in New York City or Los Angeles

The 10 cities with the worst commutes/freeway congestion -- including highest numbers of hours spent in gridlock -- were:

  • Honolulu (58 hours)
  • Los Angeles (56 hours)
  • San Francisco (48 hours)
  • New York (57 hours)
  • Bridgeport (42 hours)
  • Washington, D.C. (45 hours)
  • Seattle (33 hours)
  • Austin (30 hours)
  • Boston (35 hours)
  • Chicago (36 hours)

Stay tuned for more our New York vehicle traffic law blog ...

If you have been issued a traffic citation, fight to keep your driving privileges and your insurance premiums as low as possible. Consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.


CNN, "Study: Traffic congestion is down nationwide, but at a cost," Todd Sperry, May 23, 2012

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