Eddy County Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 37,859 licensed drivers in Eddy County. Of these, there were 19,023 females and 18,836 males. The population of Eddy County was 51,360. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 1,367, yielding a crash rate of 27 per thousand people (total number of crashes 1,367 divided by total population 51,360 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 23 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 2004 to 2007 the number of crashes has shown a downward trend. Fatal and injury crashes have also 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 217 people convicted of DWI in Eddy County, 84 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 182 divided by the total number of people convicted 217 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 55 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Animals, Overturns, Fixed objects, Pedestrians and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 38 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 31 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 68 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The three most common top contributing factors were Driver inattention, Other and Failing to yield. There were 15 fatal crashes in 2008. The top contributing factors for the fatal crashes were Excessive speed and Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 59 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 50 percent of licensed drivers in Eddy County. Eight pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, no 'Teenagers' and three Young Adults were killed in crashes in Eddy County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Eddy County 10 percent (8 of 77) 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 Eddy County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Eddy County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Eddy County, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 9        3        5        0        8        3       
 Incapacitating injury 40        1        26        0        44        0       
 Visible injury 90        3        99        1        107        0       
 Complaint of injury 265        2        281        0        238        0       
 Unhurt 2,192        2        1,980        4        1,985        3       
 Total 2,596        11        2,391        5        2,382        6       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Eddy County, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   182             142          
 2nd   29             39          
 3rd   5             23          
 4th   1             6          
 5th   0             4          
 6th   0             1          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             1          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             1          
 Total   217             217          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Eddy County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.




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


Crashes in Eddy County by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 756       55         2       13         199       2       305      
Pedestrian 8       1         1       7         7       1       7      
Fixed object 181       13         2       13         37       2       46      
Parked vehicle 186       14         0       0         16       0       19      
Overturn 97       7         9       60         57       10       80      
Other non-collision 19       1         0       0         5       0       5      
Pedalcyclist 10       1         0       0         10       0       10      
Animal 101       7         1       7         8       1       11      
Other object 9       1         0       0         3       0       3      
Total 1,367       100         15       100         342       16       486      


Crashes in Eddy County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 913       38         2       10         230       2       225      
Pickup 736       31         4       19         176       3       112      
Semi 63       3         6       29         12       4       9      
Bus 4       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 45       2         2       10         34       2       35      
Pedalcyclist 10       0         0       0         10       0       10      
Pedestrian 8       0         1       5         7       1       7      
Van/4 WD 354       15         6       29         81       4       63      
Other 93       4         0       0         33       0       20      
Unknown 153       6         0       0         12       0       5      
Total 2,379       100         21       100         595       16       486      


Crashes in Eddy County by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 85       6         6       40         41       6       66      
Red light running 58       4         0       0         18       0       21      
Failing to yield 217       16         0       0         65       0       96      
Excessive speed 122       9         6       40         53       7       68      
Driving left of center 26       2         1       7         9       1       14      
Following too close 176       13         0       0         49       0       78      
Improper turning 55       4         0       0         8       0       12      
Improper overtaking 15       1         0       0         3       0       3      
Mechanical defect 27       2         0       0         7       0       7      
Driver inattention 356       26         0       0         53       0       68      
Improper driving 18       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Other 212       16         2       13         36       2       53      
Total 1,367       100         15       100         342       16       486      






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


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


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


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



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

"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Eddy County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 149         0         39           139         1         35        
Pickup 79         0         22           86         0         25        
Semi 1         0         1           7         0         3        
Motorcycle 6         0         6           9         1         8        
Pedalcyclist 0         0         0           1         0         1        
Pedestrian 2         0         2           0         0         0        
Van/4 WD 31         0         7           36         1         12        
Other 0         0         0           11         0         6        
Unknown 4         0         0           1         0         1        
Total 272         0         77           290         3         91        

"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Eddy 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       57       0       3         3       77       1       21      
2007 0       81       0       6         4       58       1       6      
2006 2       71       1       2         2       63       2       4      
2005 1       100       1       15         1       78       0       12      
2004 0       98       0       11         1       61       0       9      
2003 1       84       0       14         3       76       0       13      
2002 0       127       0       18         2       88       1       15      
2001 1       132       1       16         1       90       1       11      
2000 1       152       0       14         1       64       1       12      
1999 3       139       1       23         0       88       0       11