Since about three decades ago, the number of drivers in their teens has been heading down fairly steadily. In the 1980s, well over half of all 17-year-olds had a license to drive a car, while over 40 percent of 16-year-olds also had a license to drive. Now, that number is down to around 50 percent and under 30 percent, respectively.
While the legal limit in New Mexico appears for the time being to be set at .08 blood alcohol content, there is some movement to reduce the common .08 limit to .05. In fact, a state that borders New Mexico will do just that in the upcoming days.
An Albuquerque judge sentenced a young woman to jail for about three months for her role in a pedestrian accident that left a once athletic woman effectively paralyzed and without one of her legs. The accident happened while the victim was out walking her dog. The victim was on the sidewalk, but the young woman went off the road in her vehicle and slammed into the woman, dragging her a few feet before coming to a stop. The woman had the lower part of one of her legs severed in the car accident, and she also seems to have experienced some sort of nerve damage as well.
A previous post on this blog talked about a tragic accident that left two high school students from another part of New Mexico seriously injured. Police indicated that alcohol was likely a factor in the accident, and they also said that they thought some of the teens involved may have been served alcohol at a family's home even though they were obviously underage.
Two high school students were injured in an accident in Sunland Park, New Mexico. Police are blaming the crash on drunk driving. An investigation is ongoing as to the underage drivers involved in the accident were served alcohol at a house party.
Thanksgiving weekend is commonly known as one of the busiest travel weekends of the year in New Mexico and across the nation. Many people find that traveling to visit relatives and friends is an important Thanksgiving tradition. However, because the Thanksgiving holiday season is relatively short when compared to the Christmas season, people must confine their travels to just a few days out of the year.
Like most other states, New Mexico has laws that are designed to prevent distracted driving, specifically distracted driving caused by cellphones. Specifically, New Mexico prohibits so-called texting and driving. For purposes of the law, texting also includes checking one's email and just about any Internet use on one's smartphone while driving. It does not, however, prohibit making a traditional phone call.
A semi-truck driver who was involved in a recent fatal accident in New Mexico has been cited for careless driving in connection with the incident. According to reports, the truck driver involved in the accident was pulled to the side of the road on a major national highway and was facing north. In order to continue traveling north, it would have to cross the lane of oncoming traffic.
A horrific bus accident that happened in New Mexico and attracted the attention of both the national news media and federal safety investigators has left eight people dead. All the victims died of what medical experts described as blunt force trauma. One of the victims was the Greyhound driver.
Distracted driving kills. Yet, motorists in the Albuquerque area and throughout New Mexico continue to engage in this dangerous behavior. A recent report suggested that in spite of all the evidence, many motorists are still willing to take the risk of reading or sending a quick text while they drive their car.