ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –Alarming numbers are out showing pedestrian crashes are on the rise across the nation. New Mexico’s numbers are among the highest.
The report, which is based on state traffic fatality figures, shows a 6 percent increase from 2014 to 2015. That could be one of the largest year to year increases since 1975.
The report also shows that New Mexico has one of the highest rates for pedestrian fatalities, with 1.01 fatality for every 100,000 residents.
But the Albuquerque Police Department says most of the time, it’s the pedestrian’s fault.
APD says most pedestrian fatalities are happening at night, outside of crosswalks.
Areas along Central seems to be especially bad for pedestrians, with multiple accidents happening from Washington, east to Eubank.
“What we are seeing the most of in Albuquerque is the pedestrian being intoxicated crossing illegally, crossing outside of crosswalks, really at no fault of the drivers,” said Tanner Tixier, Information Officer at the Albuquerque Police Department.
Despite this study saying New Mexico has one of the highest pedestrian fatality rates, the New Mexico Department of Transportation says that number has actually gone down since 2014.
The number dropped from 71 fatalities in 2014 to 48 fatalities in 2015.
Of course, pedestrians aren’t the only ones to blame. Distracted driving or drunk driving can play a big part as well.
APD suggests pedestrians use the crosswalks at intersections where the street is well light and where drivers will expect pedestrians to be.
To see the full study, click here.