Hidalgo County Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 3,530 licensed drivers in Hidalgo County. Of these, there were 1,667 females and 1,863 males. The population of Hidalgo County was 4,910. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 93, yielding a crash rate of 19 per thousand people (total number of crashes 93 divided by total population 4,910 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 no trend from 1999 to 2008. Belt usage (as a percentage) has increased from last year, while belt usage in crashes involving visible and incapacitating injuries has decreased.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 34 people convicted of DWI in Hidalgo County, 82 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 28 divided by the total number of people convicted 34 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Overturns was the most common class, accounting for 40 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Overturns and Fixed objects resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 28 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 26 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 52 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The three most common top contributing factors were Driver inattention, Other and Excessive speed. There were four fatal crashes in 2008. The top contributing factors for the fatal crashes were Other, Driver inattention, Mechanical defect and Excessive speed.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 76 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 53 percent of licensed drivers in Hidalgo County. No pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, one 'Teenager' and no Young Adults were killed in crashes in Hidalgo County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Hidalgo County 0 percent (0 of 5) 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 Hidalgo County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Hidalgo County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Hidalgo County, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 3        1        7        4        3        0       
 Incapacitating injury 8        4        10        1        17        1       
 Visible injury 15        0        23        1        20        1       
 Complaint of injury 19        0        19        1        24        0       
 Unhurt 88        0        96        1        104        1       
 Total 133        5        155        8        168        3       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Hidalgo County, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   28             24          
 2nd   4             5          
 3rd   2             4          
 4th   0             1          
 5th   0             0          
 6th   0             0          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   34             34          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Hidalgo County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.


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


Crashes in Hidalgo County by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 21       23         0       0         6       0       10      
Fixed object 11       12         1       25         5       1       7      
Parked vehicle 2       2         0       0         1       0       2      
Overturn 37       40         3       75         24       3       35      
Other non-collision 4       4         0       0         1       0       3      
Animal 13       14         0       0         4       0       4      
Other object 5       5         0       0         1       0       1      
Total 93       100         4       100         42       4       62      


Crashes in Hidalgo County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 33       28         0       0         14       0       17      
Pickup 31       26         2       50         12       2       20      
Semi 15       13         1       25         5       1       3      
Bus 1       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 3       3         0       0         2       0       2      
Van/4 WD 21       18         1       25         11       1       13      
Other 5       4         0       0         1       0       1      
Unknown 8       7         0       0         5       0       6      
Total 117       100         4       100         50       4       62      


Crashes in Hidalgo County by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 5       5         0       0         2       0       2      
Red light running 2       2         0       0         2       0       6      
Failing to yield 7       8         0       0         3       0       5      
Excessive speed 14       15         1       25         9       1       12      
Driving left of center 2       2         0       0         1       0       1      
Mechanical defect 13       14         1       25         4       1       6      
Driver inattention 26       28         1       25         13       1       20      
Other 24       26         1       25         8       1       10      
Total 93       100         4       100         42       4       62      


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


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


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


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



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



"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Hidalgo County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 7         0         4           3         0         2        
Pickup 2         0         1           8         0         5        
Semi 0         0         0           2         0         1        
Van/4 WD 2         0         0           2         1         1        
Other 0         0         0           1         0         0        
Total 11         0         5           16         1         9        



"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Hidalgo County, 1999-2008
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2008 1       10       0       0         0       9       0       0      
2007 0       14       0       1         2       11       0       2      
2006 0       13       0       0         0       8       0       0      
2005 0       5       0       1         0       12       0       2      
2004 0       8       0       0         0       10       0       0      
2003 0       9       0       1         2       10       1       0      
2002 0       13       0       0         0       4       0       0      
2001 0       9       0       2         1       10       0       1      
2000 0       13       0       2         3       16       0       2      
1999 0       14       0       1         0       16       0       5