Current Campaigns for Traffic Safety Bureau

Distracted Driving 2019

Multitasking is a myth. Human brains do not perform two tasks at the same time. Instead, the brain handles tasks sequentially, switching between one task and another. Brains can juggle tasks very rapidly, which leads us to erroneously believe we are doing two tasks at the same time. In reality, the brain is switching attention between tasks - performing only one task at a time. For this reason, starting in July 2014, texting while driving has officially been outlawed in New Mexico.

Pedestrian Safety 2019

The primary focus is to raise the awareness of pedestrian safety issues and to reduce the number of pedestrian and motorist crashes. By working together to change motorist and pedestrian behavior, we can reduce pedestrian injuries and death from crashes.

Underage Drinking 2019

New Mexico currently ranks first in the nation for children who consume their first alcoholic drink prior to the age of 13. The negative effects of underage alcohol consumption can last for years. In fact, alcohol can actually create permanent damage. The dangers of alcohol consumption and the importance of individuality must be taught at an early age in order to counter peer pressure and inform the youth that they do not have to prove their worth in social settings. Young people should also be encouraged to become more socially conscious, to step forward and take action against abuses, and to help educate future generations about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.