Chaves County Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 43,963 licensed drivers in Chaves County. Of these, there were 22,059 females and 21,904 males. The population of Chaves County was 63,060. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 1,647, yielding a crash rate of 26 per thousand people (total number of crashes 1,647 divided by total population 63,060 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 upward trend. Fatal and injury crashes have shown a downward trend from 2004 to 2007. Belt usage (as a percentage) has decreased from last year, and 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 298 people convicted of DWI in Chaves County, 83 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 248 divided by the total number of people convicted 298 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 59 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Other non-collisions, Overturns, Fixed objects, Pedestrians and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 51 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 24 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 72 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 nine fatal crashes in 2008. The top contributing factors for the fatal crashes were Excessive speed and Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 53 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 50 percent of licensed drivers in Chaves County. 20 pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, three 'Teenagers' and one Young Adult were killed in crashes in Chaves County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Chaves County 15 percent (14 of 93) 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 Chaves County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Chaves County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Chaves County, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 7        2        5        0        6        3       
 Incapacitating injury 31        1        45        1        58        3       
 Visible injury 124        5        120        0        117        2       
 Complaint of injury 356        2        356        0        372        0       
 Unhurt 2,795        0        2,837        7        2,718        0       
 Total 3,313        10        3,363        8        3,271        8       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Chaves County, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   248             195          
 2nd   39             61          
 3rd   11             22          
 4th   0             8          
 5th   0             4          
 6th   0             3          
 7th   0             2          
 8th   0             3          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   298             298          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Chaves County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.


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


Crashes in Chaves County by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 975       59         2       22         265       2       410      
Pedestrian 20       1         1       11         15       1       17      
Fixed object 224       14         2       22         44       3       57      
Veh. on other roadway 3       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 222       13         0       0         12       0       15      
Overturn 87       5         3       33         59       3       80      
Other non-collision 18       1         1       11         4       1       5      
Pedalcyclist 12       1         0       0         9       0       9      
Railroad train 1       0         0       0         1       0       2      
Animal 78       5         0       0         5       0       6      
Other object 7       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 1,647       100         9       100         414       10       601      


Crashes in Chaves County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 1,510       51         6       50         372       3       311      
Pickup 716       24         1       8         162       1       108      
Semi 38       1         1       8         10       1       5      
Bus 4       0         0       0         2       0       0      
Motorcycle 43       1         1       8         34       1       34      
Pedalcyclist 12       0         0       0         9       0       9      
Pedestrian 20       1         1       8         15       1       15      
Van/4 WD 413       14         2       17         115       3       102      
Other 30       1         0       0         10       0       11      
Unknown 147       5         0       0         13       0       6      
Total 2,933       100         12       100         742       10       601      


Crashes in Chaves County by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 114       7         3       33         51       3       86      
Red light running 151       9         0       0         54       0       78      
Failing to yield 198       12         0       0         66       0       102      
Excessive speed 124       8         3       33         30       4       35      
Driving left of center 33       2         0       0         10       0       12      
Following too close 231       14         0       0         58       0       87      
Improper turning 53       3         0       0         6       0       7      
Improper overtaking 25       2         1       11         4       1       4      
Inop. traffic control 3       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Mechanical defect 26       2         0       0         6       0       11      
Driver inattention 488       30         0       0         94       0       137      
Improper driving 12       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Other 189       11         2       22         34       2       41      
Total 1,647       100         9       100         414       10       601      






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

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


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


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

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

"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Chaves County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 238         0         70           206         1         54        
Pickup 82         1         27           68         0         22        
Semi 0         0         0           3         0         2        
Motorcycle 5         1         4           5         0         4        
Pedalcyclist 2         0         2           0         0         0        
Pedestrian 1         0         1           1         0         1        
Van/4 WD 31         1         11           48         0         13        
Other 2         0         2           4         0         2        
Unknown 4         0         1           5         0         1        
Total 365         3         118           340         1         99        

"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Chaves County, 1999-2008
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2008 3       93       1       6         1       75       1       24      
2007 2       105       0       9         0       81       0       4      
2006 1       115       0       18         1       80       0       13      
2005 1       123       0       10         1       87       1       13      
2004 4       126       3       14         0       113       0       6      
2003 1       108       0       9         1       87       1       11      
2002 1       128       0       11         2       99       1       19      
2001 4       116       1       12         0       87       0       14      
2000 1       165       1       13         0       83       0       8      
1999 3       173       0       11         1       76       0       9