Lea County Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 41,508 licensed drivers in Lea County. Of these, there were 20,350 females and 21,158 males. The population of Lea County was 59,155. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 1,471, yielding a crash rate of 25 per thousand people (total number of crashes 1,471 divided by total population 59,155 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 also increased.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 275 people convicted of DWI in Lea County, 85 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 233 divided by the total number of people convicted 275 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 64 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Overturns, 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 33 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, Failing to yield and Following too close. There were 14 fatal crashes in 2008. The top contributing factors for the fatal crashes were Failing to yield and Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 57 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 51 percent of licensed drivers in Lea County. 10 pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, one 'Teenager' and three Young Adults were killed in crashes in Lea County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Lea County 19 percent (19 of 101) 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 Lea County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Lea County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Lea County, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 7        3        11        4        13        7       
 Incapacitating injury 43        3        55        6        70        8       
 Visible injury 102        3        90        2        77        4       
 Complaint of injury 323        1        336        1        345        4       
 Unhurt 2,596        5        2,807        5        2,661        27       
 Total 3,071        15        3,299        18        3,166        50       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Lea County, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   233             195          
 2nd   38             55          
 3rd   4             17          
 4th   0             8          
 5th   0             0          
 6th   0             0          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   275             275          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Lea County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.




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


Crashes in Lea County by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 938       64         9       64         266       10       424      
Pedestrian 10       1         1       7         9       1       9      
Fixed object 177       12         0       0         35       0       39      
Veh. on other roadway 2       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 151       10         0       0         8       0       11      
Overturn 97       7         4       29         63       5       78      
Other non-collision 15       1         0       0         6       0       6      
Pedalcyclist 11       1         0       0         11       0       11      
Animal 61       4         0       0         8       0       8      
Other object 9       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Total 1,471       100         14       100         407       16       587      


Crashes in Lea County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 1,002       38         4       15         268       2       231      
Pickup 874       33         8       30         231       6       165      
Semi 65       2         7       26         14       2       8      
Bus 2       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 40       2         3       11         31       4       33      
Pedalcyclist 11       0         0       0         11       0       11      
Pedestrian 10       0         1       4         9       1       9      
Van/4 WD 454       17         4       15         119       1       89      
Other 81       3         0       0         37       0       27      
Unknown 127       5         0       0         15       0       14      
Total 2,666       100         27       100         735       16       587      


Crashes in Lea County by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 123       8         3       21         48       3       64      
Red light running 97       7         0       0         39       0       59      
Failing to yield 263       18         3       21         90       3       145      
Excessive speed 116       8         2       14         37       3       52      
Driving left of center 44       3         2       14         11       2       16      
Following too close 201       14         1       7         52       2       74      
Improper turning 81       6         1       7         12       1       19      
Improper overtaking 20       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Mechanical defect 25       2         0       0         7       0       10      
Driver inattention 325       22         2       14         79       2       109      
Improper driving 22       1         0       0         3       0       3      
Other 154       10         0       0         29       0       36      
Total 1,471       100         14       100         407       16       587      


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


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


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


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

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


"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Lea County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 198         0         56           138         1         35        
Pickup 128         1         40           122         3         40        
Semi 0         0         0           6         1         1        
Motorcycle 3         0         3           9         0         9        
Pedalcyclist 3         0         3           1         0         1        
Pedestrian 0         0         0           2         0         2        
Van/4 WD 47         0         11           56         0         14        
Other 6         0         2           7         0         3        
Unknown 4         0         2           3         0         1        
Total 389         1         117           344         5         106        

"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Lea 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       95       0       8         3       83       1       14      
2007 0       106       0       11         2       76       0       9      
2006 2       93       1       3         1       96       0       10      
2005 3       112       1       8         2       97       0       13      
2004 3       122       2       12         1       104       1       10      
2003 2       97       1       2         1       79       1       14      
2002 3       104       3       7         0       65       0       8      
2001 0       127       0       21         3       95       2       16      
2000 3       135       2       20         0       73       0       10      
1999 3       124       2       18         0       51       0       8