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    Governor

    Bill Richardson

    Transportation Secretary

    Rhonda G. Faught, P.E.

    Transportation Commission

    District One - John Hummer

    District Two - Johnny Cope

    District Three - Norman Assed

    District Four - Jim Franken

    District Five Roman Maes III

    District Six Jackson Gibson

    Acknowledgments

    The NMDOT Traffic Safety Bureau would like to thank Governor Bill Richardson, DWI Czar Rachel O‘Connor, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, local officials and

    coordinators, law enforcement, and other partner organizations for their support for TSB programs and initiatives during the past year. These partnerships are vital to our success in reducing fatalities and injuries on New Mexico‘s roads, streets, and highways.

Editor: Ilene Hall, Pricehall Research, Inc.

    Cover Photo: Peter Olson, Communications, NM State Police

    Many thanks to the UNM Division of Government Research, TSB staff, TSB contractors, and Traffic Safety partners for contributing information for the FY2008 edition of the NMDOT/ TSB Annual Report.

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    NMDOT Traffic Safety Bureau FY08 Annual Report December 2008

    Message from TSB Director

     Michael Sandoval

Dear Traffic Safety Partners,

    In my twelve years of service with the Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Bureau, I have seen many improvements to our programs and systems, but I know there are many more positive changes to come. In our mission to reduce death and injury on our roadways, our State has faced many challenges, but we have achieved much.

    When I started at the Traffic Safety Bureau in 1996, I was told that we had a serious impaired driving problem, that we needed to get more people to buckle up, and that we needed to improve the timeliness and accuracy of our data to make better informed decisions. Since that time, we have seen seat belt use overall rise to an all time high, alcohol-related traffic fatalities are declining, and we are making progress in obtaining more timely and accurate data. As I look forward to 2009, there is no doubt that we have many reasons to be optimistic.

    The Traffic Safety Bureau will continue to give 100% of our efforts to reducing traffic-related death and injury. I am confident that all of our partners are committed to assisting us with these efforts. Thank you all for your hard work and support, and I look forward to seeing more progress in meeting our goals in the coming year.

Sincerely,

Michael R. Sandoval, Director

    NMDOT-Traffic Safety Bureau

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    NMDOT Traffic Safety Bureau FY08 Annual Report December 2008

    Table of Contents

    Executive Summary ............................................................................................... 5 Mission Statement .................................................................................................. 7 Vision Statement .................................................................................................... 7

    Introduction ............................................................................................................. 7 Legislative Issues ................................................................................................... 8 Traffic Safety Planning Participants and Partners ............................................. 9

    Performance Measures ........................................................................................ 10

    Alcohol/ Impaired Driving Program Area........................................................... 14 Occupant Protection Program Area ................................................................... 31 Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Program Area ................................................. 36 Police Traffic Services Program Area ................................................................ 41 Traffic Records Program Area ............................................................................ 46 Planning and Administration Program Area ..................................................... 51 Marketing and Media Program Area - Traffic Safety Programs ...................... 52

    Driver Education and Safety Program Area ...................................................... 58 Motorcycle Safety Program Area........................................................................ 61

    NHTSA Grant Funds ............................................................................................. 64

    Staff Contact Information .................................................................................... 65

    Executive Summary

    New Mexico achieved 25 of its 31 FY08 HSPP Performance Measures. Two measures were partially achieved, and four others were not achieved. Two of the measures not achieved were in the Motorcycle Safety Program area, one was in the Alcohol/ Impaired Driving area, and one was in the Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety area. Motorcyclist safety continues to be a challenging issue in New Mexico. Although motorcycle crashes have decreased over the last two years, the number of crashes and fatalities are still high.

    TSB programs such as Operation DWI, Operation Buckle Down, the 403 Demonstration Project of high-visibility enforcement in high-DWI counties, 100 Days and Nights of Summer, Safety Corridors, and STEPs contributed greatly to reducing traffic-related crashes, fatalities and deaths in FY08. These programs were enhanced by the state‘s high-visibility traffic safety media and marketing campaign that kept the public aware of the high level of enforcement efforts. In addition, TSB‘s prevention, education, and public information programs worked in conjunction with enforcement operations to save lives and decrease injuries in the state.

Overall Performance Measures

    NMDOT/ TSB achieved and exceeded all six of its Overall performance measures, as listed in the FY08 HSPP. In New Mexico in FY08, the number of crash fatalities and the fatality rate per 100M VMT were at five-year lows. The number of serious injuries continues to decline, down dramatically from FY04.

Alcohol/ Impaired Driving Performance Measures

    In FY08, NM achieved four of its five Alcohol/ Impaired Driving performance measures. The one measure not met was the ‗Percent Alcohol-Involved Fatalities,‘ which remained the same as in FY07. The number of

    alcohol-involved fatalities and the alcohol-involved crash fatality rates were lower than any time in the past five years. In addition, the alcohol-involved serious injury crash rate continues to steadily decline. In total, conducting operations utilizing state, federal, city, and county funding sources, NM law enforcement officers arrested over 19,000 persons for DWI during the federal fiscal year period, October 1, 2007

    September 30, 2008.

Occupant Protection Performance Measure

    New Mexico was successful in achieving its FY08 seat belt performance measure. Data from the 2008 NM Safety Belt Survey showed that overall seat belt use was 91.1%, which is statistically equivalent to any other value within the range of 90.1% to 92.1%. The overall observed use was 0.7% percentage points higher in the official survey than during the pre-enforcement period, the narrowest difference between the two surveys since the pre-enforcement survey was started in 2004.

    Driver seat belt use was recorded at 92.0%. Front seat, outboard passenger use (persons sitting by the right door) was recorded at 88.1%. Pickup truck occupant seat belt use was 87.0%, with drivers at 88.8% and passengers at 81.0%.

Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Performance Measures

    New Mexico achieved four of its five Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety performance measures in FY08. The number of pedestrian fatalities dropped dramatically in FY08, as did the pedestrian fatality rate and the alcohol-involved pedestrian fatality rate. In addition, the pedestrian serious injury rate and the alcohol-involved pedestrian serious injury rate declined for the fourth year in a row.

Police Traffic Services Performance Measures

    NM achieved all of its FY08 Police Traffic Services performance measures. NM‘s use of STEPs, including

    its 12 Safety Corridors, and the highly successful ‗100 Days and Nights of Summer‘ campaign contributed greatly to achievement of these PTS measures. The 12 Safety Corridor sites continue to have reduced

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    crashes, thus increasing safety for drivers. The ‗100 Days and Nights of Summer‘ campaign was highly successful, and resulted in 230 checkpoints, 850 saturation patrols, and 2,227 DWI arrests.

Traffic Records Performance Measures

    The Traffic Records Program achieved three of five of its FY08 Traffic Records performance measures, and partially achieved the other two. The STRS Office and staff continued to support the STRS projects. The STRS Architectural Plan was completed, and the Commercial Vehicle Crash Data Improvement project was implemented. Some delays were experienced in completing TraCS Statewide Rollout-Phase 1 and TraCS Tribal Pilot Project agency agreements. This resulted in fewer officers being rolled-out with TraCS by the end of the fiscal year.

Motorcycle Safety Performance Measure

    Although the Motorcycle Safety performance measures were not achieved, it is important to note that motorcycle crashes in NM went from 1098 in FY05 to 1267 in FY06, an increase of 169 crashes in one year. From FY06 to FY08, the number of motorcycle crashes has decreased by 67. The number of motorcycle crashes is expected to decrease again in FY09.

Planning and Administration Performance Measures

    NM achieved all four of its Planning and Administration performance measures. The annual Highway Safety and Performance Plan, and grant applications under SAFETEA-LU were completed and submitted to NHTSA. All grant applications were funded. Reimbursement claims were paid within 30 days, and draw-downs were submitted on time.

*All FY08 data presented in this Executive Summary are preliminary.

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    NMDOT Traffic Safety Bureau FY08 Annual Report December 2008

    NMDOT/ Traffic Safety Bureau

    Mission Statement

    The Traffic Safety Bureau is committed to preventing injuries and saving lives by eliminating crashes on New Mexico public roadways. ? si se puede !

    Vision Statement

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation - Traffic Safety Bureau takes pride as the national leader in the elimination of traffic related crashes for the safety of our friends, families, and visitors in the great Land of Enchantment.

    Introduction

    During the past year, NMDOT Traffic Safety Bureau (TSB) programs reached New Mexicans from every geographic area of the state, and from every age and ethnic group. Through its media campaigns that encourage safe, sober driving to its high-visibility enforcement programs that remind drivers: ‗Over the

    Limit, Under Arrest;‘ ‗You Drink, You Drive, You Lose!‘ and ‗Click It or Ticket,‘ the TSB supports programs

    that are designed to make New Mexicans safer.

    TSB supports prevention and education activities in the areas of DWI, occupant protection, pedestrian and bicycle safety, driver education, and motorcycle safety. Training programs provide opportunities for all age groups to improve their driving skills, whether in an automobile, on a motorcycle, or on a bicycle. TSB and its statewide safety partners work diligently to positively impact the lives of all New Mexicans.

    TSB‘s top priorities for program funding in FY2008 were in the areas of Impaired Driving, Traffic Records, and Occupant Protection. Along with these high priority program areas, TSB funded projects in the areas of Police Traffic Services, Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety, Traffic Safety Marketing and Media, Motorcycle Safety, and Driver Education and Safety. In addition, TSB provided funding to a variety of organizations to support its traffic safety objectives, including state agencies, nonprofit corporations, private contractors, and other experts in records, statistics, public information, health, and the judicial system. Each funded organization has a specific role in assisting TSB in reducing traffic-related crashes, deaths, and injuries.

    In FY08, the NMDOT/ TSB applied for and received funding under the federal SAFETEA-LU Program for the following grants:

    ; Section 402 - HSPP

    ; Section 405 Occupant Protection

    ; Section 408 State Traffic Safety Information System Improvement

    ; Section 410 Alcohol Impaired Driving Countermeasure

    ; Section 2010 Motorcycle Safety

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    Legislative Issues

2008 Highlights

    House Bill 100 - Relating to Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor or Drugs, Providing Penalties for Tampering with an Ignition Interlock Device; Declaring an Emergency.

    This law subjects a vehicle operator who disconnects or otherwise tampers with an interlock, when it's required by law, to the same penalties as those for driving while revoked for DWI (Penalties include a fine of $300 to $1,000 and at least seven days in jail). Signed 2/29/08, Chapter 67. Effective immediately.

House Bill 215 Eliminate Commercial Driver’s License Waivers

    Eliminates the Motor Vehicle Division‘s authority to waive the commercial driver‘s license test even when the applicant complies with other provisions of the Commercial Driver‘s License Act. The bill expands the Department‘s authority to disqualify persons from driving a commercial motor vehicle if the individual is required to hold a commercial driver‘s license. The Department is also allowed to disqualify a person from driving a commercial motor vehicle for a period of not more than one year if the person is convicted of a first violation of an out-of-service order. This legislation also reconciles multiple amendments to Section 66-8-102 made in 2007. Signed 2/29/08, Chapter 72. Effective 7/1/08.

    Senate Bill 164 Relating to Taxation, Authorizing Additional Counties to Impose the Local Liquor Excise Tax Pursuant to the Local Liquor Excise Tax Act.

    This bill outlines a formula that will provide a monthly distribution of $20,750 to the City of Farmington to be used for alcohol treatment and rehabilitation services for street inebriates. The formula only applies to Farmington. Signed 3/5/08, Chapter 93. Effective 7/1/09.

Senate Bill 442 Relating to Traffic Offenses, Limiting the Amount of Certain Fines and Fees

    Imposed by Municipalities for Certain Offenses; Creating the Metropolitan Court Bond Guarantee Fund; Making an Appropriation for Statewide Efforts to Prevent or Reduce Incidents of Driving while Intoxicated.

    Amends the nuisance abatement provisions set forth in Section 3-18- 17 NMSA 1978 by providing that, with respect to any municipality (including a home rule municipality), penalties or fines and costs or fees imposed by an ordinance for failure to obey a traffic sign or signal (including a red light violation), or for a speeding offense or violation shall be limited as follows:

    ; the total amount of the assessed fines, fees and costs shall not exceed $75.00.

    ; after the municipality has subtracted out what it costs to set up, maintain and support the program,

    the assessed fines, fees and costs shall be distributed to the Administrative Office of the Courts, as

    follows:

    10% shall be credited to DWI drug court programs; and

    90% shall be transferred to the New Mexico finance authority for deposit into the metropolitan court bond guarantee fund.

    Once the metropolitan court bond guarantee fund has been retired, the funds will be transferred to the Traffic Safety Bureau to spend on statewide efforts to prevent or reduce DWI.

    Signed 3/5/08, Chapter 91 Effective 7/1/08.

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    Traffic Safety Planning Participants and Partners

     NM Department of Transportation NHTSA Region 6 Federal Highway Administration Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Statewide Traffic Records Executive Oversight Committee Statewide Traffic Records Coordinating Committee

     Dept. of Public Safety

     NM State Police

     Motor Transportation Division

     Special Investigations Division

    Local NM Law Enforcement Agencies

University of New Mexico

     Division of Government Research

     Institute of Public Law/ Judicial Education Center

     Department of Emergency Medicine

     Campus Office of Substance Abuse Prevention

NMDOH

     Injury Epidemiology Unit

     Scientific Laboratory Division

     Injury Prevention and EMS Bureau

AAA

    Administrative Office of the Courts

    Albuquerque Metropolitan Court

    Alcohol and Gaming Division

    Bureau of Indian Affairs and Various Tribes Department of Education

    DFA Local DWI Program

    DWI Leadership Team

    DWI Resource Center

    Health Policy Commission

    Metropolitan Planning Organization

    Mothers Against Drunk Driving

    Motor Vehicle Division

    Motorcycle Safety Foundation

    NM Broadcasters Association

    NM Restaurant Association

    NM Tribal Crime Data Advisory Board Various NM Law Enforcement Agencies Various City & County Governments

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    NMDOT Traffic Safety Bureau FY08 Annual Report December 2008

    Performance Measures

New Mexico's FY08 Goal

    Reduce the number of traffic-related crashes, fatalities, and serious injuries in New Mexico.

    Overall Performance Measures based on State Fiscal Year Data State FY July 1, 2007 June 30, 2008

Reduce the number of crash fatalities from 531 (FY06 data, most recent available) to 405, by the

    end of FY08.

STATUS: Achieved and Exceeded

    Preliminary data for FY08 show that the number of crash fatalities is reported at 379.

     Chart 1. Number of Crash Fatalities

     600531486 471500437449

     400

     379300

     200

     100

     0 FY03FY04FY05 FY06FY07FY08 prelim

2) Reduce the traffic fatality rate of 2.13 per 100M VMT (FY06 data, most recent available) to 1.54

    per 100M VMT, by the end of FY08.

STATUS: Achieved and Exceeded

    Preliminary data for FY08 show that the fatality rate per 100M VMT is reported at 1.40.

    Chart 2. Fatality Rate per 100M VMT

    2.5

    2.02.102.131.991.921.51.69

    1.401.0

    0.5

    0.0

    FY03FY04FY05 FY06FY07FY08

    prelim

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