Belen Community Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 15,579 licensed drivers in Belen. Of these, there were 7,770 females and 7,809 males. The population of Belen was 7,325. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 223, yielding a crash rate of 30 per thousand people (total number of crashes 223 divided by total population 7,325 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 also shown no trend from 1999 to 2008. Belt usage (as a percentage) has increased from last year, while belt usage in crashes involving visible and incapacitating injuries has not changed. There were no fatalities in the 7 intersections with the most crashes in 2008. Of these intersections, two involved Reinken Ave and Main St.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 25 people convicted of DWI in Belen, 80 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 20 divided by the total number of people convicted 25 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 73 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Pedestrians and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 48 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 26 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 69 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The most common top contributing factors were Driver inattention, Failing to yield and Following too close. There were two fatal crashes in 2008. The top contributing factors for the fatal crashes were Driving left of center and Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 53 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 50 percent of licensed drivers in Belen. Three pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, no 'Teenagers' or Young Adults were killed in crashes in Belen. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Belen 0 percent (0 of 13) 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 Belen
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Belen
by Alcohol Involvement
   




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Belen, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 0        0        3        2        1        0       
 Incapacitating injury 12        0        14        0        7        1       
 Visible injury 22        0        14        0        23        0       
 Complaint of injury 40        0        40        0        32        0       
 Unhurt 339        0        283        0        257        1       
 Total 413        0        354        2        320        2       




The Seven Intersections in Belen with the Most Crashes, 2008
Intersection Crashes People
Total Fatal Injury Killed Injured
10th St @ Gilbert Ave 5         0         1         0         1        
Aragon Rd @ Ismael Rd 6         0         3         0         7        
Becker Ave @ Dalies Ave 4         0         0         0         0        
Eastside School Rd @ Gabaldon Rd 4         0         2         0         4        
I-25-byp @ Main St 6         0         3         0         3        
Jarales Rd @ Reinken Ave 11         0         3         0         4        
Main St @ Reinken Ave 15         0         4         0         5        




Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Belen, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   20             14          
 2nd   5             3          
 3rd   0             5          
 4th   0             2          
 5th   0             0          
 6th   0             1          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   25             25          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Belen.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.


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


Crashes in Belen by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 162       73         1       50         49       1       76      
Pedestrian 3       1         1       50         2       1       2      
Fixed object 31       14         0       0         5       0       5      
Veh. on other roadway 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 8       4         0       0         1       0       1      
Overturn 11       5         0       0         6       0       8      
Other non-collision 3       1         0       0         2       0       3      
Animal 2       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Other object 2       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 223       100         2       100         65       2       95      


Crashes in Belen by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 194       48         0       0         56       0       44      
Pickup 105       26         2       50         29       0       23      
Semi 4       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Bus 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 10       2         1       25         5       1       5      
Pedestrian 3       1         1       25         2       1       2      
Van/4 WD 64       16         0       0         24       0       16      
Other 13       3         0       0         5       0       3      
Unknown 14       3         0       0         3       0       2      
Total 408       100         4       100         124       2       95      


Crashes in Belen by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 15       7         1       50         5       1       6      
Red light running 14       6         0       0         3       0       4      
Failing to yield 37       17         0       0         14       0       23      
Excessive speed 27       12         0       0         7       0       9      
Driving left of center 7       3         1       50         2       1       4      
Following too close 30       13         0       0         9       0       10      
Improper turning 6       3         0       0         1       0       3      
Improper overtaking 5       2         0       0         2       0       6      
Driver inattention 56       25         0       0         16       0       23      
Improper driving 6       3         0       0         2       0       2      
Other 20       9         0       0         4       0       5      
Total 223       100         2       100         65       2       95      




People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Belen, 2008


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


Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Belen, 2008


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



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


"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Belen by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 36         0         11           21         0         8        
Pickup 18         0         4           11         0         4        
Motorcycle 0         0         0           2         0         2        
Van/4 WD 7         0         2           8         0         4        
Other 1         0         0           1         0         1        
Unknown 1         0         1           0         0         0        
Total 63         0         18           43         0         19        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Belen, 1999-2008
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2008 0       13       0       0         0       17       0       2      
2007 0       27       0       0         0       8       0       0      
2006 0       22       0       2         0       12       0       1      
2005 0       17       0       4         0       2       0       0      
2004 0       16       0       2         1       15       1       3      
2003 0       22       0       2         0       5       0       1      
2002 2       29       2       9         0       14       0       1      
2001 0       23       0       3         0       15       0       1      
2000 0       34       0       2         0       17       0       0      
1999 0       27       0       1         0       15       0       1