Alamogordo Community Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 27,340 licensed drivers in Alamogordo. Of these, there were 13,679 females and 13,661 males. The population of Alamogordo was 35,757. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 677, yielding a crash rate of 19 per thousand people (total number of crashes 677 divided by total population 35,757 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 23 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 2006 to 2008 the number of crashes has shown a downward trend. Fatal and injury crashes have shown a downward trend from 2005 to 2008. Belt usage (as a percentage) has decreased from last year, while belt usage in crashes involving visible and incapacitating injuries has also decreased. There were no fatalities in the 7 intersections with the most crashes in 2008. Of these intersections, four involved White Sands Blvd.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 116 people convicted of DWI in Alamogordo, 80 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 93 divided by the total number of people convicted 116 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 72 percent of all crashes. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 52 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 22 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 74 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The three most common top contributing factors were Driver inattention, Following too close and Failing to yield. There were no fatal crashes in 2008.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 51 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 50 percent of licensed drivers in Alamogordo. Three pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, no 'Teenagers' or Young Adults were killed in crashes in Alamogordo. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Alamogordo 18 percent (4 of 22) were under 21.

Note: The 1999 crash file contains 15% fewer crashes than the 1998 file. This may be due to problems implementing the new system after the old system failed, or to under reporting. Care should be used in interpreting differences between 1999 and other years in this report.


  • Location of arrest/conviction was determined by police agency/court location, not driver residence.
  • Crashes and drivers were counted by the city of occurrence/residence.
  • Population was counted according to the Census definition.
         The city population data is from the most current 2008 estimates.
  • Young adults are people between the ages of 20 and 24.
  • 'Teenagers' are people between the ages of 15 and 19.
  • Tables only include variable values for which there are data.





Crashes in Alamogordo
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Alamogordo
by Alcohol Involvement
   




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Alamogordo, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 0        0        0        0        1        1       
 Incapacitating injury 18        1        16        0        33        1       
 Visible injury 37        1        27        0        40        1       
 Complaint of injury 197        0        225        1        262        0       
 Unhurt 1,299        6        1,425        1        1,645        5       
 Total 1,551        8        1,693        2        1,981        8       




The Seven Intersections in Alamogordo with the Most Crashes, 2008
Intersection Crashes People
Total Fatal Injury Killed Injured
10th St @ White Sands Blvd 20         0         7         0         10        
1st St @ Florida Ave 21         0         5         0         6        
1st St @ White Sands Blvd 30         0         7         0         12        
Florida Ave @ Indian Wells Rd 11         0         5         0         8        
Glacier St @ White Sands Blvd 12         0         3         0         3        
Indian Wells Rd @ White Sands Blvd 17         0         4         0         7        
US 54 South @ US 70-82 West 12         0         4         0         5        



Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Alamogordo, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   93             74          
 2nd   20             23          
 3rd   3             13          
 4th   0             5          
 5th   0             1          
 6th   0             0          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   116             116          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Alamogordo.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.


DWI Arrests in Alamogordo
Showing First Arrest and Repeat Offenders
Crashes in Alamogordo
by Hour and Alcohol Involvement
   


Crashes in Alamogordo by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 486       72         0       0         157       0       239      
Pedestrian 3       0         0       0         3       0       3      
Fixed object 68       10         0       0         14       0       16      
Parked vehicle 85       13         0       0         3       0       4      
Overturn 14       2         0       0         10       0       10      
Other non-collision 8       1         0       0         5       0       7      
Pedalcyclist 6       1         0       0         5       0       6      
Animal 3       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Other object 4       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 677       100         0       0         197       0       285      

Crashes in Alamogordo by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 681       52         0       0         205       0       160      
Pickup 290       22         0       0         86       0       46      
Semi 12       1         0       0         1       0       0      
Bus 7       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 25       2         0       0         18       0       20      
Pedalcyclist 6       0         0       0         5       0       5      
Pedestrian 3       0         0       0         3       0       3      
Van/4 WD 218       17         0       0         66       0       47      
Other 17       1         0       0         4       0       4      
Unknown 50       4         0       0         3       0       0      
Total 1,309       100         0       0         391       0       285      


Crashes in Alamogordo by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 32       5         0       0         10       0       16      
Red light running 49       7         0       0         17       0       27      
Failing to yield 141       21         0       0         48       0       73      
Excessive speed 39       6         0       0         10       0       14      
Driving left of center 14       2         0       0         7       0       8      
Following too close 147       22         0       0         47       0       69      
Improper turning 40       6         0       0         13       0       19      
Improper overtaking 8       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Mechanical defect 6       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Driver inattention 149       22         0       0         31       0       40      
Improper driving 7       1         0       0         1       0       5      
Other 45       7         0       0         10       0       11      
Total 677       100         0       0         197       0       285      

People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Alamogordo, 2008


People in Alcohol-Involved Crashes by Age and Sex in Alamogordo, 2008

Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Alamogordo, 2008


Drivers in Alcohol-Involved Crashes by Age and Sex in Alamogordo, 2008



Pedestrians in Crashes in Alamogordo
by Pedestrian Alcohol Involvement
Pedestrians in Crashes in Alamogordo
by Age Group
   


"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Alamogordo by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 113         0         44           102         0         24        
Pickup 31         0         11           34         0         8        
Motorcycle 4         0         3           6         0         3        
Van/4 WD 13         0         4           22         0         9        
Other 1         0         0           2         0         1        
Unknown 3         0         0           2         0         0        
Total 165         0         62           168         0         45        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Alamogordo, 1999-2008
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2008 0       51       0       0         0       33       0       2      
2007 0       52       0       2         0       23       0       6      
2006 0       76       0       3         0       43       0       2      
2005 0       65       0       3         1       46       0       7      
2004 0       72       0       1         0       39       0       3      
2003 0       69       0       1         0       33       0       2      
2002 0       69       0       0         0       34       0       6      
2001 0       61       0       3         0       47       0       0      
2000 0       66       0       5         0       30       0       3      
1999 1       50       0       4         0       38       0       7