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Pedestrian Fatalities on the Rise in Albuquerque

Lilibeth Ramirez2 years ago

Pedestrian safety has become an issue in Albuquerque, New Mexico as fatalities continue to rise.

About the Pedestrian Safety Issue

According to KOAT 7, pedestrian fatalities are on the rise in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The city has already reached its annual average, marking an increase from last year. The Albuquerque Police Department (APD) reported 13 fatalities in 2013, 17 pedestrian fatalities have already been recorded for 2014.

Many of the deaths occurred late at night, where roads are not lit well. Consequently, APD is using $80,000 in grant money in order to have extra police officers patrol during the night.

Another concern, according to Lt. Nicholas Gonzalez with APD, is alcohol-related factors. However, alcohol-related traffic deaths this summer are down from the previous year. In July 2013, nearly 80 deaths occurred, while only 11 deaths were recorded this past July.

APD states it is pumping up enforcement to keep pedestrians safe, as well as drivers. Officers are ticketing civilians for both jaywalking and speeding in order to help keep pedestrian fatalities low. According to Lt. Nicholas Gonzales with APD, “The enforcement that we are conducting is working”.

Safety Reminders for Pedestrians

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urges pedestrians to follow the following safety tips:

  • Pedestrians are advised to wear bright colored clothing to increase visibility. At night, pedestrians should wear reflective materials or carry a flash light when walking at night.
  • Pedestrians should walk on a sidewalk whenever possible. If no sidewalk is available, walk on the shoulder of the road, facing traffic.
  • Do not be distracted by electronic devices. Be attentive and keep your eyes on the road.
  • Be cautious night and day when sharing the road with vehicles.
  • Use crosswalks when applicable. The majority of pedestrian accident occur outside of designated crossing areas.

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