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MRMPO Releases Updated Regional Traffic Safety Report

Safety Report ImageMRMPO has recently completed and published the Regional Traffic Safety Report updated through the years 2009-2013. This updated report is provided in a new format as a story map which will allow people reading the report to zoom into any one of a series of maps and click on locations of interest to see underlying information. This report provides an overall view of crashes in the Albuquerque Metropolitan Planning Area. Some highlight include the following:

  • The number of crashes per capita have been decreasing nationally and in New Mexico, however in the Albuquerque Metropolitan Planning area there has been more variability with an increase from 2012 to 2013 of 8 percent.
  • The most common top contributing factor to all crashes is diver inattention with 28% of all crashes between 2009-2013 being mainly attributed to driver inattention. The category of driver inattention includes cell phone use.
  • The most common top contributing factor to fatal crashes in alcohol/drug involvement with 47% of all fatal crashes being mainly attributed to alcohol/drug involvement.
  • The intersection with the highest rate of all types of crashes and the highest rate of more severe crashes involving a fatality or injury is Paseo del Norte & Coors Blvd.
  • Men tend to be involved in crashes more frequently than women and this difference becomes more pronounced with fatal crashes.
  • Fatal crashes involving teens, which has traditionally been very high had a significant decrease of 23% from 2012 to 2013.

The report also includes strategies to improve pedestrian safety and prioritize safety improvements.

View the report.

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