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Transportation(9)

    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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    NMDOT Traffic Safety Bureau FY08 Annual Report December 2008

    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 we