Las Cruces Community Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 88,317 licensed drivers in Las Cruces. Of these, there were 45,094 females and 43,223 males. The population of Las Cruces was 91,865. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 3,167, yielding a crash rate of 34 per thousand people (total number of crashes 3,167 divided by total population 91,865 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 has shown a downward trend from 2006 to 2008. Belt usage (as a percentage) has decreased from last year, while belt usage in crashes involving visible and incapacitating injuries has increased. There were no fatalities in the 7 intersections with the most crashes in 2008. Of these intersections, two involved Lohman Ave, Main St, Telshor Blvd and El Paseo Rd.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 332 people convicted of DWI in Las Cruces, 79 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 262 divided by the total number of people convicted 332 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 79 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Other objects, Pedalcyclists, Overturns and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 56 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 20 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 74 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The most common top contributing factors were Driver inattention, Failing to yield, Other and Excessive speed. There were four fatal crashes in 2008. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 52 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 49 percent of licensed drivers in Las Cruces. 27 pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, no 'Teenagers' or Young Adults were killed in crashes in Las Cruces. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Las Cruces 19 percent (23 of 120) 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 Las Cruces
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Las Cruces
by Alcohol Involvement
   




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Las Cruces, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 1        0        1        0        5        2       
 Incapacitating injury 81        1        78        2        96        1       
 Visible injury 213        4        224        4        220        1       
 Complaint of injury 1,022        1        1,086        0        1,160        2       
 Unhurt 5,837        8        6,733        4        5,918        10       
 Total 7,154        14        8,122        10        7,399        16       


The Seven Intersections in Las Cruces with the Most Crashes, 2008
Intersection Crashes People
Total Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Boutz Rd @ El Paseo Rd 36         0         14         0         18        
Del Rey Blvd @ Telshor Blvd 27         0         11         0         11        
El Paseo Rd @ Idaho Ave 37         0         16         0         19        
Elks Dr @ Main St 48         0         23         0         30        
Lohman Ave @ Telshor Blvd 52         0         8         0         8        
Lohman Ave @ Walton Blvd 30         0         11         0         22        
Main St @ Solano Dr 42         0         15         0         25        

Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Las Cruces, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   262             211          
 2nd   55             78          
 3rd   12             25          
 4th   2             10          
 5th   0             5          
 6th   1             2          
 7th   0             1          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   332             332          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Las Cruces.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.


DWI Arrests in Las Cruces
Showing First Arrest and Repeat Offenders
Crashes in Las Cruces
by Hour and Alcohol Involvement
   


Crashes in Las Cruces by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 2,488       79         1       25         847       1       1,240      
Pedestrian 25       1         0       0         22       0       22      
Fixed object 270       9         0       0         72       0       85      
Veh. on other roadway 5       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 221       7         0       0         13       0       17      
Overturn 77       2         1       25         55       1       75      
Other non-collision 33       1         0       0         16       0       18      
Pedalcyclist 26       1         1       25         21       1       22      
Railroad train 2       0         0       0         2       0       2      
Animal 5       0         0       0         1       0       1      
Other object 15       0         1       25         0       1       0      
Total 3,167       100         4       100         1,049       4       1,482      

Crashes in Las Cruces by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 3,459       56         1       17         1,173       0       890      
Pickup 1,227       20         2       33         404       2       213      
Semi 30       0         0       0         5       0       2      
Bus 14       0         0       0         2       0       1      
Motorcycle 107       2         1       17         81       1       89      
Pedalcyclist 27       0         1       17         21       1       21      
Pedestrian 27       0         0       0         23       0       23      
Van/4 WD 929       15         1       17         353       0       227      
Other 77       1         0       0         17       0       6      
Unknown 326       5         0       0         41       0       10      
Total 6,223       100         6       100         2,120       4       1,482      


Crashes in Las Cruces by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 146       5         2       50         70       2       93      
Red light running 172       5         0       0         75       0       121      
Failing to yield 540       17         0       0         222       0       322      
Excessive speed 282       9         1       25         121       1       190      
Driving left of center 33       1         0       0         14       0       18      
Following too close 269       8         0       0         93       0       131      
Improper turning 113       4         0       0         35       0       44      
Improper overtaking 34       1         0       0         8       0       10      
Inop. traffic control 2       0         0       0         1       0       1      
Mechanical defect 37       1         0       0         9       0       12      
Driver inattention 1,190       38         1       25         322       1       444      
Improper driving 50       2         0       0         8       0       11      
Other 299       9         0       0         71       0       85      
Total 3,167       100         4       100         1,049       4       1,482      




People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Las Cruces, 2008


People in Alcohol-Involved Crashes by Age and Sex in Las Cruces, 2008


Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Las Cruces, 2008


Drivers in Alcohol-Involved Crashes by Age and Sex in Las Cruces, 2008



Pedestrians in Crashes in Las Cruces
by Pedestrian Alcohol Involvement
Pedestrians in Crashes in Las Cruces
by Age Group
   


"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Las Cruces by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 599         0         207           691         1         234        
Pickup 162         0         53           186         0         64        
Bus 0         0         0           1         0         0        
Motorcycle 15         0         13           21         0         18        
Pedalcyclist 3         0         3           6         0         6        
Pedestrian 6         0         4           3         0         3        
Van/4 WD 98         0         40           103         0         45        
Other 11         0         3           6         0         1        
Unknown 4         0         2           10         0         6        
Total 898         0         325           1,027         1         377        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Las Cruces, 1999-2008
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2008 0       220       0       15         0       250       0       26      
2007 1       244       0       8         1       251       0       21      
2006 0       256       0       11         1       223       0       22      
2005 0       217       0       8         2       218       0       33      
2004 1       293       1       24         0       288       0       37      
2003 2       275       1       18         2       253       2       25      
2002 2       303       1       32         1       253       1       32      
2001 0       309       0       20         2       234       1       28      
2000 0       369       0       22         0       315       0       28      
1999 1       285       1       32         1       188       0       19