Navajo Nation Community Report, 2008

Demographics

An updated licensed driver count is not available for Navajo Nation for 2008. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 95.

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 decreased 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 1 people convicted of DWI in Navajo Nation, 100 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 1 divided by the total number of people convicted 1 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 38 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 40 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 32 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 79 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The most common top contributing factors were Alcohol involvement, Excessive speed, Other and Driver inattention. There were 10 fatal crashes in 2008. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 62 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 50 percent of licensed drivers in Navajo Nation. Three pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, no 'Teenagers' and three Young Adults were killed in crashes in Navajo Nation. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Navajo Nation 14 percent (2 of 14) 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 Navajo Nation
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Navajo Nation
by Alcohol Involvement
   




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Navajo Nation, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 5        5        1        1        4        2       
 Incapacitating injury 9        0        14        3        9        1       
 Visible injury 21        0        23        0        22        5       
 Complaint of injury 33        1        48        2        35        0       
 Unhurt 101        2        181        0        165        0       
 Total 169        8        267        6        235        8       

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

DWI Arrests in Navajo Nation
Showing First Arrest and Repeat Offenders
Crashes in Navajo Nation
by Hour and Alcohol Involvement
   


Crashes in Navajo Nation by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 36       38         4       40         17       5       42      
Pedestrian 3       3         3       30         0       3       0      
Fixed object 17       18         0       0         6       0       6      
Parked vehicle 2       2         0       0         0       0       0      
Overturn 23       24         3       30         13       5       21      
Other non-collision 5       5         0       0         2       0       2      
Animal 8       8         0       0         0       0       0      
Other object 1       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 95       100         10       100         38       13       71      

Crashes in Navajo Nation by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 57       40         2       12         28       5       27      
Pickup 45       32         8       47         17       3       20      
Semi 6       4         1       6         1       0       0      
Bus 1       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 1       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Pedestrian 3       2         3       18         0       3       0      
Van/4 WD 18       13         3       18         8       2       22      
Other 3       2         0       0         0       0       0      
Unknown 7       5         0       0         2       0       1      
Total 141       100         17       100         57       13       71      


Crashes in Navajo Nation by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 23       24         7       70         9       10       17      
Red light running 4       4         1       10         3       1       14      
Failing to yield 9       9         0       0         6       0       10      
Excessive speed 19       20         1       10         8       1       12      
Driving left of center 4       4         0       0         3       0       5      
Following too close 3       3         0       0         1       0       1      
Improper turning 1       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Improper overtaking 3       3         0       0         1       0       1      
Mechanical defect 3       3         0       0         0       0       0      
Driver inattention 13       14         1       10         4       1       8      
Other 13       14         0       0         2       0       2      
Total 95       100         10       100         38       13       71      

People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Navajo Nation, 2008


People in Alcohol-Involved Crashes by Age and Sex in Navajo Nation, 2008






Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Navajo Nation, 2008






Drivers in Alcohol-Involved Crashes by Age and Sex in Navajo Nation, 2008

Pedestrians in Crashes in Navajo Nation
by Pedestrian Alcohol Involvement
Pedestrians in Crashes in Navajo Nation
by Age Group
   


"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Navajo Nation by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 4         0         2           9         1         4        
Pickup 4         1         2           2         0         2        
Motorcycle 0         0         0           1         0         1        
Pedestrian 1         1         0           0         0         0        
Van/4 WD 4         1         2           0         0         0        
Other 1         0         0           1         0         0        
Unknown 0         0         0           2         0         0        
Total 14         3         6           15         1         7        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Navajo Nation, 1999-2008
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2008 0       9       0       2         3       8       2       3      
2007 0       16       0       3         0       8       0       4      
2006 0       15       0       2         0       8       0       5      
2005 2       12       0       3         1       18       0       3      
2004 1       20       1       6         5       36       4       13      
2003 0       13       0       1         2       5       2       2      
2002 7       40       3       6         1       39       1       12      
2001 5       23       3       8         5       28       5       11      
2000 5       47       1       13         3       36       3       11      
1999 4       36       1       13         3       20       2       11