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New Mexico group launches mission to make travel safer

Erica Zucco
July 10, 2018 07:16 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Mid-Region Council of Governments is seeking public input on its new Regional Transportation Safety Action Plan, which analyzes data and proposes methods to reduce travel fatalities involving all modes of transportation.

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The report says from 2011-2015, New Mexico saw 39,502 traffic-related injuries, 2,913 serious injuries, and 365 fatalities.

“We really have to take it seriously, it's almost into public health epidemic proportions that we have such a high fatality rate,” said MRCOG-NM Senior Transportation Planner Caerllion Thomas.

The report lays out a comprehensive approach for change.

“From street design to public campaigns to education to targeted traffic enforcement- so all kinds of different strategies to address that issue,” Thomas said.

They’re asking New Mexicans to take a look at their traffic suggestions, including calming measures like removing a lane or changing a speeding limit, with the ultimate goal of “Vision Zero”- no deaths while commuting.

“I realize it's a long-term lofty goal to get down to zero fatalities, but this also has some intermediate goals,” Thomas said.

You can view and comment on the report by clicking here.

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