State Highway Safety Report (2020) - 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 performance 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. FHWA 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/.
More information and resources on Safety Performance Management are available at https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/hsip/spm/.
All State data used to populate the State Highway Safety Reports for 2020 are available for download at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/tpm/reporting/state/tpm_dashboard_data.zip.
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
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.
|Performance Measure||2016-2020 Target||2016-2020 Actual||2014-2018 Baseline||Met Target?||Better Than Baseline?||Met or Made Significant Progress?|
|Number of Fatalities||401.9||400.0||372.2||YES||N/A||YES|
|Rate of Fatalities||1.429||1.494||1.374||NO||NO|
|Number of Serious Injuries||1,074.2||1,050.2||1,184.2||YES||N/A|
|Rate of Serious Injuries||3.820||3.890||4.368||NO||YES|
|Number of non-motorized fatalities and non-motorized serious injuries||204.0||195.4||201.8||YES||N/A|