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Miami drivers named the rudest

Miami drivers are the rudest in the United States followed by New Yorkers, according to a survey on road rage released on Tuesday.

For the second year running, Miami drivers topped the chart in a national poll by Prince Market Research to determine the good and bad driving habits and attitudes of commuters in 25 major U.S. cities.

Drivers in Miami were cited as the most likely to run red lights, to slam on their brakes at the last minute, and to do other things like putting on makeup, shaving or reading while driving.

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Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., came third, fourth and fifth in the list of rude drivers, while drivers in Portland, Oregon were considered the most courteous followed by Pittsburgh and Seattle/Tacoma, St Louis and Dallas/Ft. Worth.

Dan Prince, president of Prince Market Research, said rude behavior, speeding, and using cell phones were cited as the main factors contributing to road rage, which is a problem that is increasing in frequency.

"Road rage continues to be a major problem on American highways," Prince said in an interview.

"Our research suggests there are a lot of people who are angry, frustrated or stressed when they are driving to work, either because they are late when they are leaving home, or they are upset because there is so much traffic and bad driving on their way home from work -- that results in road rage."

Honking, tailgating and cutting into a lane without signaling were also mentioned as sources of road rage

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