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Report: Pedestrian deaths up 50 percent in New Mexico

A preliminary report compiled by University of New Mexico researchers reveals that the first nine months of 2012 were more deadly for pedestrians than last year.

The report compiled by UNM's Bureau of Business and Economic Research on traffic fatalities shows that 44 pedestrians were struck and killed on New Mexico roads during the first nine months of this year.  

This represents a 50 percent increase from the same time period for 2011. 

Keith Smith, one of the researchers for the report, says he can give no particular reason for the increase. 

The report also shows that alcohol related fatalities this year are up 15 percent over the first nine months of last year, with total traffic fatalities up 17 percent.