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Metro Areas with the Most Good Samaritan Motorists

U.S. cities with the most traffic also have the highest number of helpful drivers.

By Douglas Newcomb Mar 21, 2012 8:16AM

OnStar Good Samaritan calls. Image by OnStar.The next time you’re crawling through traffic in a large city, look around and think about all the nice people stuck in their cars with you. It may sound a bit odd to think that all those stressed-out fellow commuters would offer friendly help if you got stuck on the side of the road.

But when OnStar combed its call logs to determine the cities that have the highest number of Good Samaritan motorists, it found that the metropolitan areas with the worst traffic also had the most helpful drivers. (OnStar considers a Good Samaritan call to be when a subscriber contacts the company to report seeing another driver in need of emergency assistance or to respond to an Amber Alert regarding missing children.)

The big three of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago had the highest number of Good Samaritan calls to OnStar last year; the cities also rank in the top three in terms of traffic, according to Inrix. Nine out of the 10 most congested cities also made OnStar's top 10 list for most helpful drivers.

It stands to reason that cities with the most vehicles would also have a higher number of reported incidents. But San Francisco and Seattle ranked in the Inrix list of the top 10 with the worst traffic, and OnStar didn’t report a large number of Good Samaritan calls in those cities. And whereas Miami is the most miserable city in the U.S. according to Forbes, OnStar’s data reveals it's one where motorists are the most helpful.

A cynic would say that the Good Samaritans may be just selfishly wanting to get a disabled vehicle cleared out of their way, or they’re just bored while sitting in traffic with nothing better to do. But if you live and drive in one of the 10 major metropolitan areas below, you can feel a little better about your fellow drivers the next time you’re stuck and stewing in gridlock.

Cities with the most Good Samaritan calls to OnStar

  1. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif.: 3,111
  2. Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Ill.: 1,969
  3. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, N.Y.-N.J.: 1,696
  4. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas: 1,651
  5. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.: 1,528
  6. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pa.-N.J.-Del.-Md.: 1,508
  7. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Ga.: 1,108
  8. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas: 1,078
  9. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Mass.: 644
  10. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Fla.: 482

[Source: CNET]

Mar 21, 2012 8:27AM
NY, LA, and Chicago had the most calls because they have the most people. I lived in Chicago and no one stops to help you, and the cops only stop to write you a ticket for obstructing traffic.
Mar 21, 2012 6:56PM
Wouldn't a good samaritan actually stop to help instead of calling it in?
Mar 22, 2012 3:58AM
But when OnStar combed its call logs to determine the cities that have the highest number of Good Samaritan motorists, it found that the metropolitan areas with the worst traffic also had the most helpful drivers.

LOL, and all you OnStar subscribers thought big brother was NOT watching you? Kind of makes you feel uncomfortable to know your driving habits can be pulled at anytime. Why do you think auto insurance companies what you to have this? I envision in the future that tickets will be emailed or mailed to you because you were speeding, or maybe you ran that stop sign when no one was looking and OnStar will be the proof when they pull your driving logs.


Scary huh!!!

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