How Do Pittsburgh Drivers Stack Up in Safety Rankings?

According to annual insurance company data, Pittsburghers need a crash course in crash avoidance.

photo by richard cook


We may be the most livable city on many lists, but we also are lousy behind the wheel.

According to Allstate's annual "America's Best Drivers Report," Pittsburgh ranks a dismal 185th among 200 metro areas measured for driver safety. One bright spot: Pittsburgh moved up two notches from last year's 187th finish.

The report says Pittsburgh drivers are 46-percent more likely to be in an accident than the national average. Not only that, the average number of years between accidents for drivers in Pittsburgh is 6.8 years. 

According to the report, Kansas City has the nation's safest drivers, while Boston has the worst. 

Wonder if the "Pittsburgh Left" has anything to do with it?

— Richard Cook

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#Mr.Rogers: TV Classic is Moving to Netflix

Mister Rogers has moved into the "Netflix" neighborhood.

Twenty episodes labeled "Volume One" now are available for the first time on the online streaming service.

Among the episodes, 10 are from the '90s, eight from the '80s and one each from the '70s and from 2000, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

One episode a week continues to air on WQED (9 a.m. Sunday), where the series was shot from 1979 through 2000.

If you don’t have Netflix and don't want to shell out $7.99 a month, there are plenty of other options for finding Mister Rogers:

  • Episodes are available for purchase on Google Play
  • Free episodes are available online through PBS Kids online
  • Episodes are available for free on YouTube
  • The Neighborhood Archive — All Things Mister Rogers to see in-depth information about each episode with included information on how/where to access said episode.

– Lauralei Kraski


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#CaringTXT: Anti-Binge Drinking Text Messaging

Can a simple text message prevent binge drinking on college campuses?

A Pittsburgh physician is spearheading a new way to reach young people who tend to over imbibe, particularly on weekends.

CaringTXT, developed by Dr. Brian Suffoletto, assistant professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Emergency Medicine and an emergency physician at UPMC Mercy, automatically sends anti-binge drinking texts to anyone who signs up for the service.

After two positive clinical trials and with the help of Pitt programmers, Suffoletto formed healthStratica LLC, which produces CaringTXT.

The concept is pretty simple.

CaringTXT sends a text at the start of each weekend. The messages include reminders about the dangers of binge-drinking, simple questions about drinking plans and, most importantly, positive messages about self-control and peer-pressure. The service even sends a check-up text on Sunday, as the weekend comes to a close.

The University of Pittsburgh piloted Suffoletto’s texting product last spring and now asks incoming freshmen, at no cost, to sign up for either a six-week or 12-week program of their choosing. Duquesne University also is a CaringTXT customer, among seven others, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times.

“Even if young adults are not motivated to curb their drinking, most young people are curious about their behavior and in tracking their health,” Suffoletto tells the Times. 

For students enjoying the freedoms of campus independence, this dialogue is what separates the product, according to CEO and President of healthStratica LLC, Donald Taylor.

"It's all about positive messaging," he tells the Times. "Nobody wants to feel like they have their parent hovering over them and scolding them for their behavior."

– LK


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