Informed decisions to avoid crashes

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — Researchers from the University of New Mexico’s Geospatial and Population Studies report that while pedestrians are only involved in around 2% of traffic crashes in New Mexico, they make up 20% of all crash-related fatalities. As a result the researchers have come up with two new dashboards for examining data about crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists. Users can explore crash data through a variety of categories including day of week, time, injury severity, demographics, drug or alcohol involvement all while using an interactive map to show areas of crash concentrations. It’s hoped the devices will empower people to make informed decisions about walking and biking along roadways, like selecting the safest routes for biking to work or walking to school.