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Group trying to stall rising number of pedestrian deaths

Brittany Costello
June 23, 2018 10:30 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – 2018 has proven to be a deadly year on New Mexico's roadways, as more than 130 people have lost their lives across the state so far.

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A pedestrian was in critical condition Saturday after a run-in with a motorcyclist Friday on Juan Tabo near Montgomery.

One organization is making it their mission is to stop these preventable crashes.

“I think one of the big issues that we're dealing with in Albuquerque with crashes and fatalities are that there are just too many of them,” said Lee Ratzlaff with Vision Zero Albuquerque, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the issue. 

Just one week ago, police say an 11-year-old boy was hit and killed on his bicycle near Moon and Candelaria. Before that, a 52-year-old woman was hit near Central and Coors before the latest incident Friday evening.

“There are a lot of individuals that are dying for absolutely no reason,” Ratzlaff said. “People who are just trying to get where they're going – home, work or somewhere to play – are dying for no reason.”

According to the New Mexico Department of Transportation, pedestrian deaths are on the rise, from 55 in 2015, 77 in 2016, 80 in 2017 and 37 through nearly six months in 2018. 

The goal for Vision Zero is to change the infrastructure in order to make it more difficult for people to speed; Ratzlaff said education is key to meeting that end.

“There are a lot of approaches for Vision Zero," he said. "One of the really great things about this plan is that it’s very adaptable depending on the environment, so Albuquerque could make some very serious changes to make our streets safer for everyone."

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