U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
202-366-4000


Skip to content U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway AdministrationU.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration

Transportation Performance Management

 

State Highway Safety Report (2018) - New Mexico

The following provides a summary of the Highway Safety Improvement Program’s (HSIP) safety performance measures and State safety performance targets. As per the Safety PM Final Rule, States are required to set annual safety targets in the HSIP annual report for the number of fatalities, rate of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT), number of serious injuries, rate of serious injures per 100 million VMT, and number of non-motorized fatalities and serious injuries. The safety performance targets are based on 5-year rolling averages. States have the flexibility to use the methodology they deem most appropriate. The agency encourages States to review data sets and trends and consider factors that may affect targets. The safety performance targets should be data-driven, realistic, and attainable and should align with the performance management framework and legislative intent.

A State Department of Transportation (DOT) has met or made significant progress towards meeting its safety performance targets when at least four of the five safety performance targets established under 23 CFR 490.209(a) have been met or the actual outcome is better than the baseline performance. The baseline performance is the 5-year average ending with the year prior to the establishment of the target.

The Basis for Target and Additional Comments are provided by the State in their HSIP Annual Report and have not been edited by FHWA. Any questions about individual State reports should be directed to the respective State DOT. For additional information about each State's HSIP, the complete reports are available at https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/hsip/reports/.

  • Number of Fatalities

  • Number of Fatalities 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
    Annual 366 311 386 298 405 380 391
    5-Year Average 353.2 356.0 372.0
    Target (5-Year Average) 364.1 375.0 401.9
  • Basis for Number of Fatalities Target

    Five-year average fatalities fell by 7 percent between 2011 and 2015, but are expected to rise in 2016 based on preliminary data. January through May 2017 data show a slight decline from the first 5 months of 2016, but the May 2017 data are very preliminary and are expected to rise. The 5- year trend line indicates an increase of 6.4 percent from 2015 to 2018, and the State has determined this to be an achievable target for 2018.
    Five-year average fatalities fell by 7 percent between 2011 and 2015, but then rose in 2016 to their highest level in ten years. 2017 preliminary data and 2018 and 2019 projected data indicate fatalities remaining high. Although the 5- year trend line indicates a 5 percent increase in overall fatalities from 2016 to 2019, given the projected increases in pedestrian, speeding and alcohol-impaired fatalities, the State has determined a 6.4 percent increase in overall fatalities to be an achievable target in 2019.
    Although five-year average fatalities rose by a moderate 2.4 percent between 2013 and 2017, preliminary and projected data indicate that fatalities will increase by about 13 percent between 2017 and 2020. Fatalities involving SUVs, pickup trucks and pedestrians are increasing and in 2018, accounted for 51.4 percent of all crash fatalities. Given the prevalence of SUV and pickup truck ownership, and projected increase in fatalities overall, the five-year average projection of 401.9 is determined to be the 2020 target.

  • Data Sources:
    Fatalities: 2012-2017 Final FARS, 2018 FARS Annual Report File
    Targets: 2017-2019 New Mexico HSIP Annual Reports

  • Fatality Rate (per 100 million VMT)

  • Fatality Rate
    (per 100 million VMT)
    2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
    Annual 1.43 1.24 1.52 1.09 1.45 1.28 1.43
    5-Year Average 1.346 1.316 1.354
    Target (5-Year Average) 1.330 1.318 1.429
  • Basis for Fatality Rate Target

    Although fatalities are expected to increase in 2018 from 2015, the State determines that the projected 2018 5-year fatality rate is an achievable target. Five-year average 2018 projections for urban and rural fatality rates are determined to be achievable targets.
    Although five-year average fatalities are expected to increase in 2019 from 2016, with VMT expected to continue rising, the State determines that the projected 2019 five-year fatality rate is an achievable target.
    Although five-year average fatalities are expected to increase in 2020 from 2017, VMT is also expected to rise, thus the projected five-year average of 1.429 is the 2020 target.

  • Data Sources:
    Fatalities: 2012-2017 Final FARS, 2018 FARS Annual Report File
    VMT: 2012-2018 FHWA Highway Statistics Series, VM-2 Table (The 2017 VMT does not reflect the updated value as published May 2020)
    Targets: 2017-2019 New Mexico HSIP Annual Reports

  • Number of Serious Injuries

  • Number of Serious Injuries 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
    Annual 1,624 1,314 1,249 1,329 1,153 1,133 1,069
    5-Year Average 1,333.8 1,235.6 1,186.6
    Target (5-Year Average) 1,219.4 1,100.0 1,074.2
  • Basis for Number of Serious Injuries Target

    Five-year average serious injuries fell by 22.8 percent between 2011 and 2015. The State anticipates a continued reduction in serious injuries and considers the projected reduction to 1,219.4 an achievable target for 2018.
    Five-year average serious injuries are projected to fall by 14.7 percent between 2016 and 2018, and the State anticipates a continued reduction in serious injuries in 2019. The State has determined a 17.5 percent reduction in these injuries from 2016 to 2019 is achievable.
    Five-year average serious injuries are projected to fall by about 7.5 percent between 2017 and 2019, and the State anticipates a continued reduction in serious injuries in 2020. The five-year average projection of 1,074.2 is the 2020 target.

  • Data Sources:
    Serious Injuries: 2019 New Mexico HSIP Annual Report
    Targets: 2017-2019 New Mexico HSIP Annual Reports

  • Rate of Serious Injuries (per 100 million VMT)

  • Rate of Serious Injuries
    (per 100 million VMT)
    2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
    Annual 6.35 5.24 4.93 4.84 4.13 3.82 3.92
    5-Year Average 5.098 4.592 4.328
    Target (5-Year Average) 4.456 3.825 3.820
  • Basis for Serious Injury Rate Target

    Five-year average serious injuries fell by 22.8 percent between 2011 and 2015. The State anticipates a continued reduction in serious injuries and considers the projected reduction to 1,219.4 an achievable target for 2018.
    Five-year average serious injuries are projected to fall by 14.7 percent between 2016 and 2018, and the State anticipates a continued reduction in serious injuries in 2019. The State has determined a 17.5 percent reduction in these injuries from 2016 to 2019 is achievable.
    Five-year average serious injuries are projected to fall by about 7.5 percent between 2017 and 2019, and the State anticipates a continued reduction in serious injuries in 2020. The five-year average projection of 1,074.2 is the 2020 target.

  • Data Sources:
    Serious Injuries: 2019 New Mexico HSIP Annual Report
    VMT: 2012-2018 FHWA Highway Statistics Series, VM-2 Table (The 2017 VMT does not reflect the updated value as published May 2020)
    Targets: 2017-2019 New Mexico HSIP Annual Reports

  • Number of Non-Motorized Fatalities and Serious Injuries

  • Number of Non-Motorized Fatalities
    and Serious Injuries
    2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
    Annual 157 175 200 216 191 197 205
    5-Year Average 187.8 195.8 201.8
    Target (5-Year Average) 228.0 220.6 204.0
  • Basis for Number of Non-Motorized Fatalities and Serious Injuries Target

    Although fatalities are expected to increase in 2018 from 2015, the State determined that the projected number of 228 non-motorized fatalities and serious injuries in 2018 is an achievable target.
    Five-year average non-motorized fatalities and serious injuries are projected to rise over the next four years, and the State has determined the 2019 five-year average projection to be an achievable target.
    Five-year average non-motorized fatalities and serious injuries are projected to rise by about 5 percent over the next three years. The five-year average projection of 204.0 is the 2020 target.

  • Data Sources:
    Fatalities: 2012-2017 Final FARS, 2018 FARS Annual Report File
    Serious Injuries: 2019 New Mexico HSIP Annual Report
    Targets: 2017-2019 New Mexico HSIP Annual Reports


Additional Comments

2019 Comments:

These targets are taken from the "NM DOT Performance Measure (PM) Target Report - PM 1; Federal Fiscal Year 2019" PDF document.

2020 Comments:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) Statewide Planning Bureau (SPB) is responsible for coordinating the setting of Performance Measure targets. The NMDOT undertook a coordinated effort with the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), the HSP team and other stakeholders to set the targets. 1. Numerous internal meetings took place in winter of 2019 between the NMDOT Statewide Planning Bureau (SPB) and Traffic Safety Division, which is responsible for the HSP, to review and analyze crash data and trends. NMDOT contracts with the University of New Mexico (UNM) to maintain the state’s crash database. 2. On May 21, 2019, the NMDOT Safety Division held a meeting to discuss and adopt the targets required in the HSP. 3. On June 7, 2019, SPB staff emailed a draft of this report, outlining the adopted state PM1 targets, to the MPOs for review and comments. Santa Fe, El Paso and Mid Region MPOs responded that they supported the targets. The other MPOs did not submit a response. 4. On July 19, 2019, the NMDOT Safety Committee reviewed and approved the 2020 Safety Targets as outlined in this report. These targets will be reported in the 2019 HSIP Annual Report. 5. The MPOs have until February 27, 2020 to adopt the NMDOT PM 1 targets or set their own quantifiable targets. In setting the FFY2019 safety performance targets, NMDOT and stakeholders did not rely solely on the data projections, but used the data in combination with their discussions regarding other relevant factors and their assessment of the potential safety impacts of various strategies and projects. NMDOT worked with UNM to determine methodologies and assumptions required to set the targets. These are as follows: • NMDOT uses Excel to plot a linear best fit line based on 5-years of actual data to project for future years. NMDOT 2020 PM 1 Targets Report – 7/19/19 FINAL Page 2 of 4 • Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) - The Annual VMT for 2017 is from the FHWA Highway Statistics Series (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/statistics/2017/pdf/vm2.pdf). The preliminary Annual VMT for 2018 is provided by the NMDOT Asset Management and Planning Division, Data Management Bureau. Please note that the VMT includes all interstate ramps. • Crash Data - 2017 is finalized, 2018 is preliminary.

Safety Performance Target Assessment Summary

PLEASE NOTE: Each State’s safety performance target assessment is based on its own State-specific target methodology and program philosophy. Therefore, conclusions should not be drawn based only on the information in the Safety Performance Target Assessment Summary table. For example, the State may have set aggressive targets, and not met those targets, while another State may have set more easily attainable targets, and met those targets. FHWA understands that each State’s safety program is unique and therefore does not prescribe a methodology for States to set targets. States have the flexibility to use the methodology they deem most appropriate when setting their safety performance targets.

New Mexico Safety Performance Target Assessment Summary
Performance Measure 2014-2018 Target 2014-2018 Outcome 2012-2016 Baseline Met Target? Better Than Baseline? Met or Made Significant Progress?
Number of Fatalities 364.1 372.0 353.2 No No NO
Rate of Fatalities 1.330 1.354 1.346 No No
Number of Serious Injuries 1,219.4 1,186.6 1,333.8 Yes N/A
Rate of Serious Injuries 4.456 4.328 5.098 Yes N/A
Number of Non-Motorized Fatalities and Serious Injuries 228.0 201.8 187.8 Yes N/A

Updated: 08/11/2020
Federal Highway Administration | 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE | Washington, DC 20590 | 202-366-4000