Carlsbad Community Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 24,245 licensed drivers in Carlsbad. Of these, there were 12,256 females and 11,989 males. The population of Carlsbad was 25,629. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 824, yielding a crash rate of 32 per thousand people (total number of crashes 824 divided by total population 25,629 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 an increasing trend. Fatal and injury crashes have shown no trend from 1999 to 2008. Belt usage (as a percentage) has decreased from last year, while belt usage in crashes involving visible and incapacitating injuries has decreased. There were no fatalities in the 7 intersections with the most crashes in 2008. Of these intersections, six involved Canal St.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 80 people convicted of DWI in Carlsbad, 79 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 63 divided by the total number of people convicted 80 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 66 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Fixed objects and Pedestrians resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 40 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 31 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 71 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 Other and Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 54 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 49 percent of licensed drivers in Carlsbad. Five pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, no 'Teenagers' or Young Adults were killed in crashes in Carlsbad. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Carlsbad 5 percent (2 of 39) 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 Carlsbad
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Carlsbad
by Alcohol Involvement
   




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Carlsbad, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 0        0        1        0        2        1       
 Incapacitating injury 20        1        9        0        7        0       
 Visible injury 33        2        44        0        34        0       
 Complaint of injury 177        0        203        0        164        0       
 Unhurt 1,498        2        1,497        4        1,272        3       
 Total 1,728        5        1,754        4        1,479        4       




The Seven Intersections in Carlsbad with the Most Crashes, 2008
Intersection Crashes People
Total Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Canal St @ Center Ave 11         0         2         0         2        
Canal St @ Fiesta Dr 11         0         3         0         5        
Canal St @ Greene St 20         0         4         0         11        
Canal St @ Pierce St 13         0         1         0         1        
Canal St @ Pompa St 16         0         3         0         3        
Canal St @ Wood Ave 15         0         6         0         7        
Pate St @ Pierce St 12         0         4         0         7        

Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Carlsbad, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   63             53          
 2nd   13             17          
 3rd   3             7          
 4th   1             3          
 5th   0             0          
 6th   0             0          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   80             80          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Carlsbad.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.


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


Crashes in Carlsbad by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 542       66         0       0         147       0       216      
Pedestrian 5       1         1       50         4       1       4      
Fixed object 87       11         1       50         12       1       16      
Parked vehicle 131       16         0       0         10       0       13      
Overturn 22       3         0       0         13       0       16      
Other non-collision 7       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Pedalcyclist 9       1         0       0         9       0       9      
Animal 17       2         0       0         2       0       2      
Other object 4       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 824       100         2       100         198       2       277      

Crashes in Carlsbad by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 618       40         0       0         162       0       142      
Pickup 484       31         0       0         109       0       52      
Semi 23       1         0       0         1       0       0      
Bus 2       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 28       2         1       33         22       1       22      
Pedalcyclist 9       1         0       0         9       0       9      
Pedestrian 5       0         1       33         4       1       4      
Van/4 WD 252       16         1       33         58       0       40      
Other 45       3         0       0         13       0       6      
Unknown 83       5         0       0         4       0       2      
Total 1,549       100         3       100         382       2       277      


Crashes in Carlsbad by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 42       5         1       50         23       1       28      
Red light running 40       5         0       0         10       0       12      
Failing to yield 149       18         0       0         49       0       70      
Excessive speed 41       5         0       0         14       0       19      
Driving left of center 7       1         0       0         3       0       4      
Following too close 138       17         0       0         42       0       70      
Improper turning 46       6         0       0         8       0       12      
Improper overtaking 5       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Mechanical defect 14       2         0       0         4       0       4      
Driver inattention 243       29         0       0         30       0       38      
Improper driving 16       2         0       0         0       0       0      
Other 83       10         1       50         15       1       20      
Total 824       100         2       100         198       2       277      




People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Carlsbad, 2008


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


Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Carlsbad, 2008


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



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


"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Carlsbad by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 100         0         27           100         0         26        
Pickup 52         0         12           57         0         16        
Semi 0         0         0           2         0         1        
Motorcycle 4         0         4           6         0         6        
Pedalcyclist 0         0         0           1         0         1        
Van/4 WD 22         0         6           27         0         9        
Other 0         0         0           5         0         2        
Unknown 0         0         0           1         0         1        
Total 178         0         49           199         0         62        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Carlsbad, 1999-2008
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2008 0       34       0       0         0       40       0       7      
2007 0       48       0       6         0       27       0       2      
2006 1       31       0       1         0       30       0       2      
2005 1       63       1       8         0       31       0       2      
2004 0       48       0       4         0       30       0       3      
2003 0       40       0       5         0       42       0       5      
2002 0       56       0       5         0       44       0       6      
2001 1       76       1       9         1       62       1       9      
2000 0       85       0       5         0       34       0       6      
1999 0       89       0       10         0       49       0       1