Central Ave. a hot spot for pedestrian accidents

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A lot of people are getting hit by cars in Albuquerque.

It’s a problem so bad, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says ABQ is the third worst city in the nation for pedestrian fatalities right behind Detroit and Oklahoma City.

While many of those accidents can fall under the catch-all category of “driver inattentiveness” or “pedestrian error” there’s something else at play.

According to a report put together by UNM and local transit experts, one third of those accidents involved alcohol use by the driver, the pedestrian or both.

“In New Mexico, we’ve had a problem with alcohol compared to other states for many years,” said Dr. David Sklar, emergency medicine professor at University of New Mexico. “Their walking and their attentiveness is not normal if they’ve been drinking a lot…so they might walk right into the path of a car.”

Studies show the highest pedestrian crash rates in Albuquerque are mostly along Central.

Central and Atrisco makes the list of the worst spots, so does Central and Sixth and Central and Louisiana.

Central and San Mateo could be the worst spot in the city by both crash rate and sheer number. Eighteen people were hit by a car there in a five-year period.

The city said it’s made a few changes along Central over the past few years, like adding better street lights and more stop lights and crosswalks.

The report also says most of the crash hotspots, especially along Central, are near busy bus stops.

ABQ Transit says they’ve seen nothing to prove bus stop locations are part of the problem.

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