Published: 3:49 pm, Thu. Jun. 2nd, 2016Updated: 3:48 pm
Federal data shows New Mexico has the highest rate of pedestrian deaths in the U.S.
The Albuquerque Journal says according to a report issued in May by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, New Mexico had 74 pedestrian fatalities in 2014, or a rate of 3.55 per 100,000 residents. The average U.S. rate was 1.53 per 100,000 that same year.
Data shows that alcohol contributed to the high rate, with 57 percent of the fatal pedestrian crashes involving alcohol in New Mexico.
Albuquerque police spokesman Tanner Tixier says pedestrian impairment is a key factor in the crashes, with many pedestrian fatalities resulting from intoxicated pedestrians, not because of drivers. State data shows pedestrian deaths dropped to only 48 in 2015.