Curry County Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 30,720 licensed drivers in Curry County. Of these, there were 15,678 females and 15,042 males. The population of Curry County was 43,755. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 1,007, yielding a crash rate of 23 per thousand people (total number of crashes 1,007 divided by total population 43,755 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 2002 to 2007. Belt usage (as a percentage) has decreased from last year, while belt usage in crashes involving visible and incapacitating injuries has increased.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 160 people convicted of DWI in Curry County, 89 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 142 divided by the total number of people convicted 160 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 67 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Other objects and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 49 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 23 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 Failing to yield, Driver inattention and Following too close. There were four fatal crashes in 2008. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Driving left of center.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 55 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 49 percent of licensed drivers in Curry County. Seven pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, no 'Teenagers' and one Young Adult were killed in crashes in Curry County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Curry County 28 percent (11 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 Curry County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Curry County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Curry County, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 6        1        4        3        11        2       
 Incapacitating injury 15        0        26        2        39        1       
 Visible injury 58        2        46        2        70        0       
 Complaint of injury 274        3        233        0        277        0       
 Unhurt 1,724        4        2,155        3        1,837        7       
 Total 2,077        10        2,464        10        2,234        10       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Curry County, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   142             120          
 2nd   16             27          
 3rd   2             10          
 4th   0             2          
 5th   0             1          
 6th   0             0          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   160             160          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Curry County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.




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


Crashes in Curry County by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 673       67         3       75         205       5       317      
Pedestrian 7       1         0       0         6       0       7      
Fixed object 116       12         0       0         32       0       39      
Veh. on other roadway 2       0         0       0         1       0       1      
Parked vehicle 125       12         0       0         3       0       3      
Overturn 46       5         0       0         24       0       28      
Other non-collision 6       1         0       0         1       0       2      
Pedalcyclist 7       1         0       0         5       0       5      
Animal 18       2         0       0         1       0       1      
Other object 7       1         1       25         0       1       0      
Total 1,007       100         4       100         278       6       403      


Crashes in Curry County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 930       49         5       56         268       5       214      
Pickup 427       23         2       22         111       1       65      
Semi 28       1         2       22         7       0       1      
Bus 4       0         0       0         2       0       2      
Motorcycle 36       2         0       0         25       0       29      
Pedalcyclist 7       0         0       0         5       0       5      
Pedestrian 7       0         0       0         6       0       6      
Van/4 WD 267       14         0       0         74       0       73      
Other 69       4         0       0         13       0       6      
Unknown 108       6         0       0         13       0       2      
Total 1,883       100         9       100         524       6       403      


Crashes in Curry County by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 49       5         0       0         22       0       30      
Red light running 41       4         0       0         16       0       28      
Failing to yield 228       23         0       0         79       0       111      
Excessive speed 74       7         1       25         30       1       53      
Driving left of center 19       2         3       75         6       5       10      
Following too close 214       21         0       0         63       0       89      
Improper turning 33       3         0       0         9       0       11      
Improper overtaking 4       0         0       0         1       0       2      
Inop. traffic control 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Mechanical defect 15       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Driver inattention 213       21         0       0         31       0       41      
Improper driving 18       2         0       0         4       0       5      
Other 98       10         0       0         15       0       21      
Total 1,007       100         4       100         278       6       403      






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


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


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


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


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

"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Curry County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 179         1         61           136         1         47        
Pickup 67         0         20           41         0         12        
Semi 0         0         0           1         0         0        
Bus 0         0         0           1         0         1        
Motorcycle 3         0         3           6         0         4        
Pedalcyclist 1         0         1           0         0         0        
Pedestrian 2         0         2           0         0         0        
Van/4 WD 26         0         7           29         0         9        
Other 12         0         2           7         0         2        
Unknown 1         0         1           4         0         0        
Total 291         1         97           225         1         75        

"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Curry County, 1999-2008
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2008 0       79       0       5         1       54       0       5      
2007 0       46       0       4         0       54       0       6      
2006 3       70       1       2         2       49       1       5      
2005 4       95       2       10         1       67       1       8      
2004 1       111       0       8         0       70       0       5      
2003 1       101       0       7         1       68       0       4      
2002 1       110       1       0         1       73       0       8      
2001 0       104       0       11         1       58       0       6      
2000 0       108       0       11         1       62       1       7      
1999 0       93       0       5         1       50       0       7