Las Vegas Community Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 12,623 licensed drivers in Las Vegas. Of these, there were 6,633 females and 5,990 males. The population of Las Vegas was 13,818. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 284, yielding a crash rate of 21 per thousand people (total number of crashes 284 divided by total population 13,818 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 2004 to 2007. Belt usage (as a percentage) has increased from last year, while belt usage in crashes involving visible and incapacitating injuries has not changed. There were no fatalities in the 7 intersections with the most crashes in 2008. Of these intersections, three involved Mills Ave and 7th St.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 55 people convicted of DWI in Las Vegas, 75 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 41 divided by the total number of people convicted 55 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 74 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Overturns, Parked vehicles and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 51 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 22 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 and Following too close. There were five fatal crashes in 2008. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 53 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 47 percent of licensed drivers in Las Vegas. Three pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, no 'Teenagers' and one Young Adult were killed in crashes in Las Vegas. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Las Vegas 19 percent (4 of 21) 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 Vegas
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Las Vegas
by Alcohol Involvement
   




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Las Vegas, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 2        0        1        1        0        0       
 Incapacitating injury 0        0        4        0        3        1       
 Visible injury 6        0        9        0        21        6       
 Complaint of injury 70        0        53        0        82        4       
 Unhurt 504        0        436        0        726        1       
 Total 582        0        503        1        832        12       


The Seven Intersections in Las Vegas with the Most Crashes, 2008
Intersection Crashes People
Total Fatal Injury Killed Injured
7th St @ Dalbey Dr 5         0         0         0         0        
7th St @ Legion Dr 9         0         2         0         3        
7th St @ Mills Ave 5         0         3         0         4        
8th St @ Mills Ave 7         0         2         0         3        
Grand Ave @ National St 6         0         2         0         2        
Grand Ave @ University Ave 5         0         1         0         2        
Hot Springs Blvd @ Mills Ave 5         0         1         0         1        

Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Las Vegas, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   41             26          
 2nd   10             11          
 3rd   1             8          
 4th   3             7          
 5th   0             1          
 6th   0             1          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             1          
 Total   55             55          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Las Vegas.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.


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


Crashes in Las Vegas by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 209       74         2       40         54       2       81      
Pedestrian 3       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Fixed object 16       6         0       0         4       0       4      
Veh. on other roadway 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 47       17         1       20         6       1       8      
Overturn 8       3         2       40         4       2       7      
Total 284       100         5       100         70       5       102      

Crashes in Las Vegas by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 289       51         4       33         75       2       51      
Pickup 125       22         2       17         26       0       13      
Semi 2       0         0       0         1       0       0      
Bus 3       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Motorcycle 15       3         1       8         11       1       16      
Pedestrian 3       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Van/4 WD 73       13         2       17         15       2       15      
Other 30       5         0       0         5       0       4      
Unknown 22       4         3       25         0       0       0      
Total 562       100         12       100         136       5       102      


Crashes in Las Vegas by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 27       10         3       60         11       3       17      
Red light running 6       2         1       20         1       1       2      
Failing to yield 61       21         1       20         21       1       26      
Excessive speed 18       6         0       0         5       0       11      
Driving left of center 3       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Following too close 31       11         0       0         14       0       20      
Improper turning 11       4         0       0         3       0       5      
Improper overtaking 6       2         0       0         1       0       1      
Mechanical defect 7       2         0       0         3       0       3      
Driver inattention 95       33         0       0         9       0       14      
Improper driving 5       2         0       0         0       0       0      
Other 14       5         0       0         1       0       2      
Total 284       100         5       100         70       5       102      




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


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


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


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



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


"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Las Vegas by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 52         1         11           42         1         12        
Pickup 7         0         2           13         0         3        
Motorcycle 0         0         0           2         0         2        
Van/4 WD 8         0         3           4         0         1        
Other 3         0         1           2         0         0        
Unknown 4         0         0           1         0         0        
Total 74         1         17           64         1         18        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Las Vegas, 1999-2008
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2008 0       14       0       2         1       15       1       4      
2007 0       11       0       2         0       8       0       2      
2006 0       28       0       7         0       19       0       7      
2005 0       30       0       3         0       18       0       1      
2004 1       45       1       3         0       29       0       5      
2003 0       35       0       0         0       23       0       5      
2002 0       31       0       5         0       21       0       3      
2001 0       37       0       3         0       19       0       2      
2000 0       56       0       5         0       14       0       1      
1999 0       54       0       2         0       20       0       4