Bernalillo County Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 455,186 licensed drivers in Bernalillo County. Of these, there were 230,187 females and 224,998 males. The population of Bernalillo County was 635,139. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 19,457, yielding a crash rate of 31 per thousand people (total number of crashes 19,457 divided by total population 635,139 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.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 3,178 people convicted of DWI in Bernalillo County, 84 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 2,669 divided by the total number of people convicted 3,178 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 types each comprised 86 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 54 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 Bernalillo County. There were 269 pedestrians involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, six 'Teenagers' and seven Young Adults were killed in crashes in Bernalillo County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Bernalillo County 14 percent (75 of 520) 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 Bernalillo County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Bernalillo County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Bernalillo County, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 22        6        25        4        29        6       
 Incapacitating injury 417        18        406        10        405        15       
 Visible injury 711        9        700        8        742        13       
 Complaint of injury 5,013        16        5,733        13        6,385        24       
 Unhurt 29,166        47        32,933        24        32,931        64       
 Total 35,329        96        39,797        59        40,492        122       




Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Bernalillo County, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   2,669             2,272          
 2nd   433             592          
 3rd   66             191          
 4th   9             68          
 5th   1             30          
 6th   0             12          
 7th   0             6          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             3          
 10 or more   0             4          
 Total   3,178             3,178          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Bernalillo County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.


DWI Arrests in Bernalillo County
Showing First Arrest and Repeat Offenders
Crashes in Bernalillo County
by Hour and Alcohol Inovlvement


Crashes in Bernalillo County by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 15,082       78         20       37         4,159       22       6,232      
Pedestrian 255       1         14       26         208       14       222      
Fixed object 1,628       8         4       7         381       5       456      
Veh. on other roadway 23       0         0       0         5       0       8      
Parked vehicle 1,635       8         1       2         84       1       95      
Overturn 318       2         9       17         178       9       242      
Other non-collision 121       1         3       6         55       3       60      
Pedalcyclist 223       1         3       6         164       3       169      
Railroad train 1       0         0       0         1       0       2      
Animal 28       0         0       0         2       0       2      
Other object 143       1         0       0         16       0       16      
Total 19,457       100         54       100         5,253       57       7,504      


Crashes in Bernalillo County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 21,347       55         33       35         6,097       13       4,430      
Pickup 5,930       15         11       12         1,615       6       919      
Semi 451       1         5       5         75       0       15      
Bus 229       1         0       0         45       0       45      
Motorcycle 610       2         15       16         415       16       436      
Pedalcyclist 230       1         3       3         168       3       164      
Pedestrian 269       1         14       15         222       14       220      
Van/4 WD 5,720       15         13       14         1,653       5       1,069      
Other 797       2         1       1         185       0       104      
Unknown 3,072       8         0       0         362       0       102      
Total 38,655       100         95       100         10,837       57       7,504      

Crashes in Bernalillo County by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 846       4         23       43         338       24       489      
Red light running 1,263       6         3       6         510       4       808      
Failing to yield 2,560       13         9       17         864       9       1,264      
Excessive speed 1,525       8         5       9         440       6       641      
Driving left of center 179       1         0       0         31       0       41      
Following too close 2,899       15         0       0         803       0       1,118      
Improper turning 786       4         0       0         162       0       249      
Improper overtaking 264       1         1       2         37       1       48      
Inop. traffic control 15       0         0       0         2       0       4      
Mechanical defect 331       2         1       2         77       1       102      
Driver inattention 6,630       34         3       6         1,474       3       2,083      
Improper driving 145       1         2       4         20       2       27      
Other 2,013       10         7       13         494       7       629      
Total 19,456       100         54       100         5,252       57       7,503      


People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Bernalillo County, 2008

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


Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Bernalillo County, 2008


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


Pedestrians in Crashes in Bernalillo County
by Pedestrian Alcohol Involvement
Pedestrians in Crashes in Bernalillo County
by Age Group

"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Bernalillo County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 2,505         5         790           2,986         5         994        
Pickup 412         2         141           554         0         172        
Semi 2         0         1           10         0         3        
Bus 1         0         0           9         0         1        
Motorcycle 54         0         35           103         4         74        
Pedalcyclist 23         0         20           29         0         25        
Pedestrian 20         0         17           24         0         20        
Van/4 WD 423         4         134           543         2         157        
Other 40         0         14           66         0         21        
Unknown 71         0         22           91         0         20        
Total 3,551         11         1,174           4,415         11         1,487        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Bernalillo County, 1999-2008
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2008 6       866       3       44         7       983       2       71      
2007 8       1,044       4       64         4       1,070       2       91      
2006 7       1,127       4       86         9       1,209       6       136      
2005 4       1,241       2       62         9       1,225       6       97      
2004 11       1,395       7       100         11       1,372       5       135      
2003 6       1,394       5       128         7       1,386       1       139      
2002 8       1,390       7       104         13       1,326       5       136      
2001 6       1,597       3       147         5       1,463       3       141      
2000 6       1,554       1       110         10       1,276       6       114      
1999 11       1,431       6       116         8       1,190       5       133