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New Mexico is the most dangerous state for pedestrians

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The Governor’s Highway Safety Association has once again rated New Mexico as the deadliest state for pedestrians. In 2021, our state’s pedestrian fatality rate was 4.77 per 100,000. A total of 103 people were killed while walking, the highest number ever in our state. Albuquerque also hit a record 49 pedestrian fatalities Rosa Kozub is the chief of NMDOT’s Office of Multimodal Planning and Programs, she said in August of last year the department created a plan to action for pedestrian safety. The plan has 40 actions the department will take to create a safer environment for pedestrians. “One of the big things we are currently working on is developing training for our project development engineers at MDOT. Who are the people who design the pavements and work with consultants who design the pavements for our projects? And therefore working on training to help them understand or deepen their knowledge on how to better accommodate pedestrians in the design of the project, Kozub said. The plan will be implemented for the next 5 years and Kozub hopes that “It will help New Mexico off the list as number 1.” I think hopefully the department will work on that plan, as well as drivers becoming more aware of their impact and the responsibility of drive their vehicle together. Hopefully that can get us off the list,” Kozub said. According to the GHSA, pedestrian crashes everywhere are on the rise in 2021, there were more than 7,400 pedestrian fatalities, the highest number in four decades.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Association has once again rated New Mexico as the deadliest state for pedestrians.

In 2021, the pedestrian fatality rate in our state was 4.77 per 100,000.

A total of 103 people were killed while marching, the highest number ever recorded in our state.

Albuquerque also hit a record 49 pedestrian fatalities

Rosa Kozub is the head of NMDOT’s Office of Multimodal Planning and Programs, she said in August last year the department created a pedestrian safety action plan.

The plan has 40 actions the department will take to create a safer environment for pedestrians.

“One of the big things we are currently working on is developing training for our project development engineers at MDOT. Who are the people who design the pavements and work with consultants who design the pavements for our projects? And so working on training to help them understand or deepen their knowledge on how to better accommodate pedestrians in the design of the project,” Kozub said.

The plan will be implemented for the next 5 years and Kozub hopes it will help New Mexico off the list as number 1.

“I think hopefully the department will work on this, as well as drivers becoming more aware of their impact and the responsibility of driving their vehicle together. Hopefully that can get us off the list. “, said Kozub.

Pedestrian crashes everywhere are on the rise in 2021, there were more than 7,400 pedestrian fatalities, the highest number in four decades, according to the GHSA.