Presentation on theme: "Safety Corridors Mike Quintana, New Mexico"— Presentation transcript:
1 Safety Corridors Mike Quintana, New Mexico Department of Transportation,Traffic Safety BureauAlan Ho,Federal Highway AdministrationNew Mexico DivisionLogosImportance of strong partnerships
2 New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) Traffic Safety Bureau (TSB) Mission: reduce traffic fatalities & injuries by developing & supporting a comprehensive, multi-strategy approach:Enforcement: Deterrence, PreventionEducation: Media, TrainingLegislation & regulationData management & analysis.
3 Reduce Crashes & SAVE LIVES Goal: Reduce crashes and fatalities by 20%,New Mexico, saving 20 to 40 lives/year12 Safety Corridors2 per NMDOT districtbased on crash/fatality data3 - 5 year historylength determined by:data clusters – serious injury and fatality crashesconsult with LE - enforceabilityThe purpose of safety corridors is to reduce crashes and save livesauthorized by New Mexico Statute Section , Subsection A (allows DOT to designate safety corridors),and Section , subsection D (doubles fine for speeding in the corridor).or until the Transportation Programs Division Director determines,designation as a Safety Corridor is no longer necessary.another section in the same district will be designated as a Safety
4 Who The 4E’s Engineering Education Enforcement Emergency Services Our program is developed around the 4E concept.
5 Who Building your team-Possible players StateNew Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT)Traffic Safety Bureau (TSB) /Highway Safety Office (HSO)DPS State policeMTD IRIS van Motor Carrier safetyFederalNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admin (FMCSA)Local agenciesLECity police departmentsSherriff’s officesTribal policeFireEMSFor NM building a team involves local/state/ and federal partners
6 Who Building your team-Possible players TOGETHER WE MAKE A DIFFERENCETogether we make a difference
7 WHO Crash Fatalities in New Mexico by Age and Sex, 2005 It’s important to review data in several formatsThe chart above is crashes by age and sexNote the largest percentage group are males ages 19-34
8 Where Geographics 5th largest state 121,355 square miles (316,332 square km)Approximately 128,635 lane milesSafety corridors about 150 highway miles?Largely ruralPopulation less than 2 million statewideThe 12 NM safety corridors account for only about 150 highway milesAdd north America map with NM highlighted as background
9 Where pilot Limited to 2 per district 6 NMDOT districts Length Other states designate from border to borderNM focus on the high crash sectionsShortest 7 milesLongest 38 milesMajority milesEnforcement input on workable lengthRoad conditionsweather patternsTrauma centersRural roadsStatewide programCorridors are a regional approach at looking at traffic patternsWe have been doing STEP at the city and county levels for many yearsAgain this a statewide program and….
10 Where are our and fatalities happening in NM? About 70% of fatalities are on rural highways
11 Why data driven FATALITIES HIGH RATE ON RURAL HIGHWAYS Approximately 70% of NM fatalsSerious injuriesOverall crashes
12 When 3-5 year history Each runs for at least 3 years Evaluate crash dataType of crashesTime of dayDay of weekWhen numbers come down move to new locationSelected NM corridor locations will run for 3 yearsThe program will then be reviewed and evaluated before expanding the program or relocating the sites
13 Crashes in Corridors by Year How – Data AnalysisCrashes in Corridors by YearDistrictCorridorFY 01FY 02FY 03FY 04FY 05totalEnforcement Began1I 10 mp7693106854363/1/2004I 10 mp 35-75667478696435111/26/20032US 82 mp 2-1641504436281997/1/2002US 70 mp6183793495/1/20033I 25 mp240261273287216127712/1/2005I 40 mp130110901171536004I 40 mp3949223017012/5/2003US 64 mp16122381912/10/20035US 64 mp 40-6734033434132340117395/23/2006NM 502 mp 4-20776236811/15/20056I 40 mp5553713/9/2005US 491 mp11611586343743/16/2005128112711278121811666214Green start of corridors vs first full year (get rid of enforcement began column)Red high numbersif we only go by high numbers we would capture mostly 4 lane highways leading into urban areasOnly metropolitan areas: Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Farmington would be surrounded by the corridors2/district helps capture the rural segments orange numbersorange roads that might get bumped out if went purely on high numbers but we all know they are problem sections82 rural 2-lane mountainous curves491 (old 666) rural high concentration high profile always in the news, including ped, alcohol502 commuter traffic bulk of crashes during am 6-9, pm 3-6 peaks weekday (verify)wildlife/livestock 82, 64 Clayton-RatonThis 150 miles represents about 3%of the state’s total crashes
15 How – Graphic Analysis Graphic review We just got this information before coming this weekThe preliminary data for the year 2006 shows a 20% decrease in total crashestotal crashes decreasing form 915 to 734with the data being reported on 11 of the 12 corridors
16 Crash Map Comparison 6 of 12 have alcohol related crashes Alcohol involved crashes contribute to about 3% total crasheslikewise the corridors represent 3% of the state’s total crashes.Note corridors corresponding to the alcohol crash concentrations:half of the corridors correspond to the high oh crashesI-10 Anthony to Las CrucesI-25 south of AlbuquerqueI-40 east of Albi-40 thoureau491 gallup64 bloomfield to kirtland (Farmington)6 of 12 have alcohol related crashes
17 How - Partnerships Legislative actions (state or local) Develop guidelines/criteriaDevelop standard signage plansDistricts responsible for signageFunding for enforcement, signage, other corridor needsEnforcementPaid/earned mediaPartnerships4E’s - engineeringenforcementtraffic copsreconstructionisteducationemergency servicesambulancefireERMedia – TVnewscommercialsPSAsradioprintnewspapersnewslettersmagazinespostersflyersrestaurant table tents
18 How Legislative Double Speeding Fine Zone Authorization New Mexico StatuteSpeed regulationA (4) the posted speed limit …as double fine zones…B (3) to protect workers in construction zones posted as double fine zones or other safety zones posted as double fine zones as designated by NMDOTIt helps to have legislative supportHere’s the NM law passed in 2004 allowing for double fines
19 How Guidelines/Criteria The Foundation of Program 5 year history of serious injury and fatality crashes in a moving 5 mile stretchCrash Investigation Unit (review of contributing factors)Review of Existing Law Enforcement and Engineering initiatives (what already exists, don’t duplicate)District Engineer review/approval of proposed safety corridorPublic awareness campaign (community buy-in)Review of Equipment and sign needsThe foundation of the NM safety corridor program is based on these 6 steps
20 How Develop standard signage plans Standard plansCoordinate with state and federal engineersDeveloped in accordance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
21 How - Enforcement High Visibility Enforcement Corridor overtime funding100 Days of Summer CampaignA corridor could have multiple enforcement agencies; State police, county sheriffs, Tribal police, Metropolitan police, Motor transportation police (regulation of big trucks)In addition we will be running the 100 days of summerwhich will add additional enforcement through our peak summer travel months
22 Funding for enforcement, signage, other corridor needs Overtime wave enforcementSpecial overtime funding – NHTSA/StateSignageDistricts – FHWA/StateEnforcement402 NHTSA fundsRoad fund (state)For example, in 2007 NM has invested an additional $600,000for overtime enforcement to work the safety corridors areas.Explain Wave enforcementsignageHE – Hazard Elimination 152Sanction funds 154 open container/164 repeat offender???
23 How Enforcement Targeted enforcement Time of day Day of week Type of crashesTie back to I-25 commuter traffic needs enforcement
24 How Earned Media Kick Off Events Community presentations Media is an important component of our campaignKick Off EventsCommunity presentationsRadio/TV talks showsNewspaper articles
25 How Paid mediaTV spotsRadioPrintBillboardsBus panelsFlyers
26 How - Media No such thing as Bad press Editorial cartoon from the Las Cruces Sun NewsJUST BECAUSE WE SHOULD!
27 How - Media No such thing as Bad press I-25 South, AlbuquerqueKOAT Channel 4Radio talk shows
28 state Rural or Interstate Speed related crashescorridorstate Rural or Interstatestate% Rural or Interstate% all stateFY 0152106918374.86%2.83%FY 025096517295.18%2.89%FY 0363103718476.08%3.41%FY 0461100019406.10%3.14%FY 055484517146.39%3.15%FY 063463613365.35%2.54%total3145552104035.66%3.02%
29 Statewide program – big picture look at crashes in NM Some of the worse crash locations in the stateNote that many corridors reflect traffic coming into metro areas:Albuquerque, Las Cruces/ El Paso, Gallup, FarmingtonHigher concentration of traffic correlates to higher number of crashesTrauma Level one Centers: UNM Hospital in Albuquerque or El Paso
30 SAVE LIVES Reduce Crashes & Conclusion The purpose of the safety corridor program is to reduce crashes and save lives.Bigger picture…
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