Albuquerque Community Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 439,046 licensed drivers in Albuquerque. Of these, there were 222,200 females and 216,845 males. The population of Albuquerque was 521,999. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 18,961, yielding a crash rate of 36 per thousand people (total number of crashes 18,961 divided by total population 521,999 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 23 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 1999 to 2008 the number of crashes has shown no trend. Fatal and injury crashes have shown a downward trend from 2004 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 was one fatality in the 7 intersections with the most crashes in 2008. Of these intersections, three involved Coors Blvd Nw.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 2,502 people convicted of DWI in Albuquerque, 84 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 2,094 divided by the total number of people convicted 2,502 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 78 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Pedalcyclists, Other non-collisions, Overturns, Parked vehicles, Fixed objects, Pedestrians and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 55 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Van/4 WDs and Pickups each accounted for 15 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. These three vehicle type comprised 87 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The most common top contributing factors were Driver inattention, Following too close and Failing to yield. There were 46 fatal crashes in 2008. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 54 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 49 percent of licensed drivers in Albuquerque. 265 pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, four 'Teenagers' and six Young Adults were killed in crashes in Albuquerque. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Albuquerque 15 percent (71 of 484) 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 Albuquerque
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Albuquerque
by Alcohol Involvement
   




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Albuquerque, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 17        4        19        3        26        5       
 Incapacitating injury 389        16        375        10        374        9       
 Visible injury 666        8        652        8        715        11       
 Complaint of injury 4,937        16        5,656        12        6,305        23       
 Unhurt 28,629        47        32,469        18        32,502        61       
 Total 34,638        91        39,171        51        39,922        109       




The Seven Intersections in Albuquerque with the Most Crashes, 2008
Intersection Crashes People
Total Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Central Ave W @ Coors Blvd Nw 89         0         19         0         30        
Coors Blvd By-pass Nw @ Ellison Dr Nw 68         0         18         0         27        
Coors Blvd Nw @ Montano Rd Nw 88         1         19         1         27        
Coors Blvd Nw @ Paseo Del Norte Blvd Nw 148         0         47         0         58        
Jefferson St Ne @ Paseo Del Norte Blvd Ne 132         0         36         0         58        
Montgomery Blvd Ne @ San Mateo Blvd Ne 92         0         29         0         41        
Montgomery Blvd Ne @ Wyoming Blvd Ne 85         0         24         0         31        



Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Albuquerque, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   2,094             1,802          
 2nd   349             471          
 3rd   51             139          
 4th   7             55          
 5th   1             21          
 6th   0             6          
 7th   0             3          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             2          
 10 or more   0             3          
 Total   2,502             2,502          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Albuquerque.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.


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


Crashes in Albuquerque by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 14,875       78         19       41         4,096       21       6,140      
Pedestrian 251       1         13       28         205       13       219      
Fixed object 1,517       8         3       7         353       3       421      
Veh. on other roadway 21       0         0       0         4       0       4      
Parked vehicle 1,567       8         1       2         80       1       91      
Overturn 253       1         4       9         152       4       199      
Other non-collision 107       1         3       7         48       3       52      
Pedalcyclist 219       1         3       7         162       3       166      
Railroad train 1       0         0       0         1       0       2      
Animal 22       0         0       0         2       0       2      
Other object 128       1         0       0         16       0       16      
Total 18,961       100         46       100         5,119       48       7,312      


Crashes in Albuquerque by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 20,946       55         30       36         5,998       10       4,343      
Pickup 5,789       15         10       12         1,573       5       885      
Semi 406       1         3       4         64       0       10      
Bus 227       1         0       0         44       0       45      
Motorcycle 584       2         14       17         395       14       416      
Pedalcyclist 226       1         3       4         166       3       162      
Pedestrian 265       1         13       15         219       13       218      
Van/4 WD 5,621       15         10       12         1,624       3       1,032      
Other 776       2         1       1         182       0       102      
Unknown 3,003       8         0       0         356       0       99      
Total 37,843       100         84       100         10,621       48       7,312      


Crashes in Albuquerque by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 805       4         20       43         326       21       470      
Red light running 1,245       7         3       7         504       4       797      
Failing to yield 2,533       13         9       20         855       9       1,251      
Excessive speed 1,430       8         4       9         412       4       603      
Driving left of center 168       1         0       0         26       0       33      
Following too close 2,868       15         0       0         794       0       1,105      
Improper turning 776       4         0       0         159       0       245      
Improper overtaking 259       1         1       2         36       1       47      
Inop. traffic control 15       0         0       0         2       0       4      
Mechanical defect 311       2         1       2         73       1       96      
Driver inattention 6,482       34         0       0         1,444       0       2,037      
Improper driving 139       1         2       4         19       2       26      
Other 1,929       10         6       13         468       6       597      
Total 18,960       100         46       100         5,118       48       7,311      




People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Albuquerque, 2008


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



Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Albuquerque, 2008


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



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


"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Albuquerque by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 2,446         5         771           2,932         4         978        
Pickup 405         2         140           540         0         166        
Semi 2         0         1           9         0         2        
Bus 1         0         0           9         0         1        
Motorcycle 52         0         33           96         4         68        
Pedalcyclist 23         0         20           29         0         25        
Pedestrian 20         0         17           24         0         20        
Van/4 WD 413         3         130           537         2         154        
Other 40         0         14           64         0         21        
Unknown 69         0         21           89         0         19        
Total 3,471         10         1,147           4,329         10         1,454        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Albuquerque, 1999-2008
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2008 4       838       3       43         6       951       1       68      
2007 5       1,013       3       59         4       1,052       2       88      
2006 6       1,103       4       84         9       1,192       6       132      
2005 4       1,203       2       59         6       1,194       4       94      
2004 9       1,361       7       96         8       1,337       4       132      
2003 6       1,355       5       123         6       1,354       1       134      
2002 4       1,369       3       102         7       1,296       3       127      
2001 6       1,555       3       135         4       1,441       2       139      
2000 5       1,508       1       105         10       1,247       6       110      
1999 11       1,405       6       113         7       1,166       4       129