MRMPO considers roadway safety a priority in our region. MRMPO endorses the Vision Zero approach to transportation planning and engineering that rebukes the idea that there is an inevitable amount of death and injury that can occur within our public roadways. Traffic collisions are not “accidents,” which implies an incident was unavoidable, but should be referred to as traffic crashes—preventable incidents. The philosophy of Vision Zero is that humans make mistakes, and roadways and traffic policy should be designed in such a way that inevitable mistakes do not result in severe injuries or fatalities.
Of particular concern for our region is that urban areas have a large amount of pedestrian fatalities, and rural areas have a significant amount of high-speed vehicular roll over crashes that result in fatalities. Fatalities involving motorcyclists are also high. New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque have been identified as a Focus State / Focus City by the Federal Highway Administration because of their high pedestrian fatalities.
Crash Data Analyses
MRMPO analyzes crash data to determine which areas need improvement and produces safety reports for the Albuquerque Metropolitan Planning Area (AMPA). These crash analyses are developed for the region and for specific corridors and include intersection crash rates generated using MRMPO traffic volume data as well as crash density analyses. Of note are the High Fatal and Injury Network (HFIN) and the interactive Crash Data Dashboard.