A new report by Smart Growth America showed some rather interesting results regarding how deadly states are for pedestrians.
It found that Florida and New Mexico are the two deadliest states for pedestrians in the United States, with the Land of Enchantment being ranked number one, according to data compiled from 2016 to 2020.
Following New Mexico and Florida was South Carolina, Arizona, Delaware, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Nevada as states most dangerous for pedestrians.
However, Albuquerque ranks as the second-highest metro area across the country, being beaten only by the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Florida, metro area.
Nationally, “[t]he number of people struck and killed while walking reached yet another new high in 2020. More than 6,500 people were struck and killed while walking in 2020, an average of nearly 18 per day, and a 4.5 percent increase over 2019.”
“This epidemic continues growing worse because our nation’s streets are dangerous by design, designed primarily to move cars quickly at the expense of keeping everyone safe. The result in 2020 was a significant increase in all traffic fatalities, even with less driving overall due to the pandemic,” wrote the organization.
“Dangerous by Design uses federal data that is complete only through the end of 2020, but early estimates from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) are that 7,485 people walking were struck and killed in 2021. This would be the highest number in 40 years and one of the biggest single-year jumps in decades—between 11 and 13 percent in one year.”
Legislation was proposed in New Mexico’s 2023 Legislative Session by state Rep. Art De La Cruz (D-Albuquerque), H.B. 328, to help alleviate the issue. However, the move never made it past the full House despite getting bipartisan approval in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee.