Dotting New Mexico highways are memorial signs expressing love and remembrance for those who were killed in auto collisions on our roads. These memorials often include loving messages, wooden crosses and flowers. They are a stark reminder of the everyday dangers of driving on the highway and the importance of safety rules designed to prevent the tragedies the loved ones of those memorialized suffered.

The good news is that the state of New Mexico has seen a decline in accidents involving pedestrians recently. But there are still steps both pedestrians and drivers can take to reduce fatalities even more.

Creating a new mindset

The Albuquerque Journal reported a three-year rise in pedestrian deaths for the capital city, with New Mexico still ranking the worst by the Governors Highway Safety Association. Economic booms are great for the city, but they create new hazards for those living there. Both pedestrians and drivers can make the city safer by changing some of their habits.

Apathy toward pedestrian deaths does not lead to change. Rather, it led to a 20% increase in deaths in one year. Local officials have made some strides to lower the rise in fatalities by creating new crosswalks, adding funds to boost infrastructure and lowering speed limits.

Moving safely at night

Idrivesafely.com offers night driving tips to help create a safer roadway. Drivers need to take extra precautions in areas pedestrians may frequent. Many times, pedestrians fail to wear safety gear such as bright clothing that makes them easier to see in the dark.

To see clearly, make sure your headlights properly work and your windshield is clear of unwanted spots and debris. Keep an eye on your own fatigue, allowing larger distances between other vehicles and even lowering your speed. Avoid drinking and other distractions while driving. These tips can keep both pedestrians and drivers safely moving throughout the city.