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October is Pedestrian Safety Month. The goal is to increase awareness around pedestrian safety and remind drivers to watch for pedestrians each time they are behind the wheel.
“Halloween evening is one of the most dangerous times for pedestrians, especially children but trick-or-treaters aren’t the only ones who need to watch out,” said Transportation Secretary Mike Sandoval. “Drivers and walkers bear dual responsibility for pedestrian safety, and that is true all year long.”
According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, New Mexico ranked the highest in the nation for pedestrian fatalities per capita in 2020 with 54 fatalities that year. In addition, children are three times more likely to be struck and killed by a vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year. Children are at greater risk of injury than adults because they are small, have trouble judging distance and speeds and have little to no experience with traffic rules.
This Halloween, motorists, parents, and pedestrians of all ages are encouraged to stay alert and follow simple safety practices as they navigate the streets and roadways.