New Mexico transport director

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is a state government organization which looks after the transportation in the U.S. state of New Mexico. The agency mainly focuses on transit, rail, aviation and highways. The New Mexico Department of Transportation is wholly divided up into six districts.
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Mission and Vision of New Mexico Department of Transportation

Mission

The mission of NMDOT is to plan, build and uphold an excellence state-wide transportation network which will keep up the communal and economic interests of the citizens in a creative, lucrative and inventive manner.

Vision

Vision of NMDOT is that it will become a national leader by making a mark for a safe, multimodal transportation system that serves both the citizens and its travelers.

Programs introduced by NMDOT for Multi Modal Transportation

Park and Ride

The major cause of pollution happens because of the emission of gases from the car, trucks, buses, and off-road vehicles. Park and Ride is an express bus service which is less expensive than driving your own car.
Benefits of Park and ride program:
  • Money will be saved
  • Free time will be there to relax
  • Catch up on reading
  • Will be able to work on laptop while travelling in the bus
  • Also social friendliness will be improved by chatting with other passengers.
  • This is a form of "Car-Pooling", hence it helps to reduce air pollution.

Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving is also a major cause for the crashes, injuries and fatalities occurring today. Researches show that Distraction-related fatal crashes are mostly done by the younger, inexperienced drivers. Distracted driving comes in various forms some of them are
  • Using cell phone while driving
  • Texting while driving
  • Eating, drinking or talking with passengers
  • Using in-vehicle technologies and Portable electronic devices

Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School program enables and encourages children, including those with disabilities, to walk safely and bicycle to and from school in a much secured manner.
Walking or biking to school, offers children the opportunity to increase their physical activity, which is good for their health and better for the environment.
SRTS program uses a widespread approach to make the school routes safer for the children to walk and bicycle.
There are many good reasons to walk or bicycle to school and a lot of benefits, such as less traffic, safer streets and cleaner air," says Secretary Giron.

Removing signs from the road sides

Signs placed on the sides of the road may distract the drivers or may restrict the driver's visibility which may even lead to crashes. To avoid such distractions NMDOT reminds its citizens that according to the state law placement of unauthorized signs, signals, and markings on state maintained right-of-way are strictly prohibited. The person responsible for placing illegally the illicit signs may assume legal liability, if linked to a crash.

Bicyclist's Safety

  1. Always maintain control of your bicycle.
  2. While taking your bicycle don't forget to check for the condition of brakes, tires and lights.
  3. More powerful lights help you to be visible to others and also it helps you to see the road peril.
  4. Remember to wear helmets properly which can even reduce the severity of brain injuries by 85%.
    Remember to wear helmets properly
  5. Use a rear light which is more visible than a reflector.
  6. Always ride on the right, with traffic, in a conventional manner.
  7. Ride far enough away from parked cars, so you don't risk being hit by an open car door.
  8. Try to ride far from parked cars, so you don't risk being hit by an open car door.
  9. Avoid riding over potholes, gravel, broken glass, drainage grates or other unsafe road conditions.
    Always signal when you are going to turn
  10. Riding in a straight line makes you more visible to the motorists
  11. Don't pass a vehicle unless it shows a left turn signal.
  12. Only pass a vehicle on the right if it is signaling a left turn.
  13. Always yield to traffic, when you enter into the road from a driveway.
  14. Wrong way driving at intersections is the biggest danger for a bicyclist which should be avoided.

Pedestrian Safety

  1. When sidewalks are provided no pedestrian is allowed to walk on the portion of a vehicular traffic roadway.
  2. When sidewalks are not provided, walk on the left side of the roadway, facing traffic which may approach from the opposite direction.
  3. Try to wear light colored dress while going out during night time.
    Cross only at corners or marked cross
  4. Other than fluorescent materials, reflective materials will be more visible during night time.
  5. Always carry a torch at night when going out during night time.
  6. Instead of running while crossing try to walk which gives time for the drivers to see you.
  7. If a car is parked in the place you are crossing, check for the driver in the car.
  8. Do not cross in between the roads Cross only at corners or marked cross.

Adopt a highway program

Adopt a Highway program is a better way to get mixed up with the society. The adopter's commitment is:
  • To adopt a section of state highway or urban roads for some time.
  • To perform the cleanup and maintenance of green areas.
  • To develop a work plan for maintenance activities.
  • Not to adopt the roads that are already adopted, unsafe areas, too narrow shouldered road, visibility restricted road, heavy traffic roads or areas where construction is underway or planned.
Adopt-A-Highway Program  in New-Mexico

New Mexico auto transport director

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