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A new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association says New Mexico is the state with the highest rate of pedestrian deaths in America.

Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County is preparing for the construction of a highway interchange connecting the Sunport to Broadway Blvd. 

The road project has been in the works for years but is just now nearing the end of the planning process. The county says the road will improve access to the South Valley from the airport, and hopes it will spur more business development in the area and make commuting easier for people in the San Jose neighborhood.

Traffic Deaths Up 20 Percent In New Mexico This Year

Aug 18, 2014
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A government report shows that traffic deaths in New Mexico have increased about 20 percent this year.

According to preliminary figures from the Department of Transportation, 204 people have died in traffic accidents from January through July. That's up from 170 fatalities during the first seven months of last year, but down from 224 in 2012.

The department said law enforcement agencies have launched a Labor Day holiday weekend crackdown that will target drunken drivers.

State, local and tribal police plan checkpoints and saturation patrols through Sept. 1.