Doña Ana County Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 134,412 licensed drivers in Doña Ana County. Of these, there were 67,061 females and 67,351 males. The population of Doña Ana County was 201,603. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 3,995, yielding a crash rate of 20 per thousand people (total number of crashes 3,995 divided by total population 201,603 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 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 944 people convicted of DWI in Doña Ana County, 83 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 785 divided by the total number of people convicted 944 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 72 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Other objects, Pedalcyclists, Overturns, Fixed objects and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 54 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 20 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, Failing to yield and Other. There were 12 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 50 percent of licensed drivers in Doña Ana County. 32 pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, no 'Teenagers' or Young Adults were killed in crashes in Doña Ana County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Doña Ana County 17 percent (31 of 187) 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 Doña Ana County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Doña Ana County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Doña Ana County, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 8        2        11        1        18        2       
 Incapacitating injury 159        3        156        8        175        1       
 Visible injury 303        7        313        5        307        3       
 Complaint of injury 1,215        1        1,237        1        1,360        2       
 Unhurt 6,931        10        7,695        5        7,041        13       
 Total 8,616        23        9,412        20        8,901        21       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Doña Ana County, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   785             655          
 2nd   131             187          
 3rd   22             62          
 4th   3             25          
 5th   1             8          
 6th   1             5          
 7th   0             1          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   1             1          
 Total   944             944          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Doña Ana County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.


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


Crashes in Doña Ana County by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 2,888       72         3       25         989       3       1,484      
Pedestrian 30       1         0       0         26       0       27      
Fixed object 421       11         2       17         116       2       138      
Veh. on other roadway 7       0         0       0         1       0       1      
Parked vehicle 293       7         0       0         17       0       21      
Overturn 195       5         5       42         126       6       192      
Other non-collision 66       2         0       0         22       0       24      
Pedalcyclist 32       1         1       8         27       1       28      
Railroad train 2       0         0       0         2       0       2      
Animal 23       1         0       0         5       0       6      
Other object 38       1         1       8         4       1       4      
Total 3,995       100         12       100         1,335       13       1,927      


Crashes in Doña Ana County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 4,055       54         2       13         1,364       2       1,077      
Pickup 1,524       20         7       44         508       5       304      
Semi 82       1         0       0         21       0       11      
Bus 20       0         0       0         2       0       1      
Motorcycle 147       2         2       13         116       2       125      
Pedalcyclist 33       0         1       6         27       1       27      
Pedestrian 32       0         0       0         27       0       27      
Van/4 WD 1,154       15         4       25         440       3       323      
Other 110       1         0       0         27       0       14      
Unknown 417       6         0       0         54       0       18      
Total 7,574       100         16       100         2,586       13       1,927      


Crashes in Doña Ana County by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 225       6         6       50         105       6       144      
Red light running 200       5         0       0         86       0       142      
Failing to yield 646       16         0       0         260       0       387      
Excessive speed 376       9         1       8         161       1       245      
Driving left of center 64       2         1       8         24       1       39      
Following too close 323       8         0       0         117       0       172      
Improper turning 126       3         0       0         37       0       51      
Improper overtaking 53       1         0       0         18       0       23      
Inop. traffic control 3       0         0       0         2       0       2      
Mechanical defect 61       2         0       0         16       0       23      
Driver inattention 1,432       36         3       25         392       4       546      
Improper driving 57       1         1       8         9       1       15      
Other 429       11         0       0         108       0       138      
Total 3,995       100         12       100         1,335       13       1,927      






People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Doña Ana County, 2008


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


Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Doña Ana County, 2008


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



Pedestrians in Crashes in Doña Ana County
by Pedestrian Alcohol Involvement
Pedestrians in Crashes in Doña Ana County
by Age Group

"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Doña Ana County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 703         0         241           798         1         278        
Pickup 195         2         60           227         0         86        
Semi 0         0         0           2         0         0        
Bus 0         0         0           1         0         0        
Motorcycle 21         0         19           26         0         21        
Pedalcyclist 4         0         4           6         0         6        
Pedestrian 7         0         5           4         0         4        
Van/4 WD 119         0         48           128         0         57        
Other 13         0         4           6         0         1        
Unknown 7         0         2           13         0         6        
Total 1,069         2         383           1,211         1         459        

"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Doña Ana 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       286       0       21         0       315       0       36      
2007 2       330       0       30         3       306       1       31      
2006 2       338       0       17         6       278       3       34      
2005 1       283       1       17         4       282       0       47      
2004 8       410       5       41         9       374       4       60      
2003 5       411       2       36         7       364       5       50      
2002 6       430       3       59         3       346       3       59      
2001 0       428       0       42         2       338       1       47      
2000 2       495       0       43         2       400       2       48      
1999 4       383       4       54         2       257       1       34