Luna County Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 18,829 licensed drivers in Luna County. Of these, there were 9,008 females and 9,821 males. The population of Luna County was 27,227. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 446, yielding a crash rate of 16 per thousand people (total number of crashes 446 divided by total population 27,227 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 also 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 increased.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 132 people convicted of DWI in Luna County, 82 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 108 divided by the total number of people convicted 132 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 50 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Overturns and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 42 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 24 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 62 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 10 fatal crashes in 2008. The top contributing factors for the fatal crashes were Driver inattention, Excessive speed and Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 54 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 52 percent of licensed drivers in Luna County. Six pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, no 'Teenagers' and three Young Adults were killed in crashes in Luna County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Luna County 17 percent (2 of 12) 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 Luna County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Luna County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Luna County, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 10        2        14        5        11        1       
 Incapacitating injury 19        0        30        3        31        4       
 Visible injury 71        4        63        3        58        5       
 Complaint of injury 86        0        85        2        99        2       
 Unhurt 703        1        765        2        759        1       
 Total 889        7        957        15        958        13       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Luna County, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   108             76          
 2nd   19             32          
 3rd   4             19          
 4th   1             3          
 5th   0             0          
 6th   0             1          
 7th   0             1          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   132             132          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Luna County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.


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


Crashes in Luna County by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 224       50         3       30         60       5       115      
Pedestrian 5       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Fixed object 80       18         0       0         21       0       27      
Veh. on other roadway 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 40       9         0       0         0       0       0      
Overturn 51       11         7       70         30       7       57      
Other non-collision 13       3         0       0         4       0       5      
Animal 21       5         0       0         1       0       1      
Other object 11       2         0       0         2       0       2      
Total 446       100         10       100         120       12       209      


Crashes in Luna County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 314       42         2       13         77       2       86      
Pickup 176       24         5       33         44       3       33      
Semi 31       4         2       13         8       0       5      
Bus 3       0         0       0         1       0       0      
Motorcycle 11       1         1       7         7       1       7      
Pedestrian 6       1         0       0         3       0       3      
Van/4 WD 124       17         5       33         41       6       64      
Other 39       5         0       0         4       0       4      
Unknown 36       5         0       0         10       0       7      
Total 740       100         15       100         195       12       209      

Crashes in Luna County by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 16       4         2       20         5       2       7      
Red light running 24       5         0       0         7       0       11      
Failing to yield 61       14         0       0         17       0       30      
Excessive speed 39       9         2       20         18       4       38      
Driving left of center 8       2         0       0         4       0       13      
Following too close 36       8         0       0         12       0       18      
Improper turning 11       2         1       10         1       1       7      
Improper overtaking 9       2         0       0         1       0       1      
Mechanical defect 16       4         1       10         6       1       9      
Driver inattention 148       33         2       20         37       2       55      
Improper driving 5       1         1       10         0       1       3      
Other 73       16         1       10         12       1       17      
Total 446       100         10       100         120       12       209      


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


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


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


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



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


"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Luna County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 52         0         14           33         0         8        
Pickup 17         0         3           14         3         4        
Semi 0         0         0           2         0         1        
Motorcycle 0         0         0           1         1         0        
Pedestrian 2         0         2           0         0         0        
Van/4 WD 13         0         4           13         0         4        
Other 2         0         1           1         0         0        
Unknown 1         0         1           2         0         1        
Total 87         0         25           66         4         18        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Luna 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       26       0       1         3       20       2       0      
2007 5       30       2       6         1       27       0       7      
2006 2       21       0       0         1       29       0       1      
2005 1       27       0       1         3       27       0       1      
2004 0       27       0       2         0       23       0       1      
2003 0       50       0       4         3       37       0       3      
2002 2       50       0       5         0       35       0       9      
2001 1       43       0       6         2       38       0       8      
2000 0       39       0       2         0       36       0       8      
1999 1       48       1       4         1       36       1       4