New Mexico traffic deaths way up this year

October 29, 2012 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More people are dying on New Mexico highways this year, with state statistics showing a 25 percent jump in traffic deaths during the first nine months of 2012.

Deaths from alcohol-related crashes are also up by 20 percent this year. Alcohol played a role in about 40 percent of the state’s 296 traffic deaths. Figures compiled by the New Mexico Department of Transportation show pedestrian deaths and crashes that killed people above age 70 led the increase in fatalities.

DOT planning division director Michael Sandoval told the Albuquerque Journal ( ) for a Sunday story that the department is watching the numbers closely. “Overall fatalities definitely are up. And, of course, one year doesn’t make a trend but Login to read more

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