Otero County Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 40,469 licensed drivers in Otero County. Of these, there were 20,127 females and 20,342 males. The population of Otero County was 62,776. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 1,057, yielding a crash rate of 17 per thousand people (total number of crashes 1,057 divided by total population 62,776 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 23 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 2006 to 2008 the number of crashes has shown a downward trend. Fatal and injury crashes has shown no trend from 1999 to 2008. Belt usage (as a percentage) has decreased from last year, and belt usage in crashes involving visible and incapacitating injuries has also decreased.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 219 people convicted of DWI in Otero County, 81 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 178 divided by the total number of people convicted 219 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 56 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Pedalcyclists, Overturns, Fixed objects, Pedestrians and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 48 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 23 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 70 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 nine fatal crashes in 2008. The top contributing factors for the fatal crashes were Excessive speed and Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 55 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 50 percent of licensed drivers in Otero County. Five pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, no 'Teenagers' and one Young Adult were killed in crashes in Otero County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Otero County 15 percent (7 of 46) 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 Otero County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Otero County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Otero County, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 4        2        6        3        7        3       
 Incapacitating injury 45        3        38        4        68        8       
 Visible injury 84        8        72        0        103        4       
 Complaint of injury 272        4        293        1        354        3       
 Unhurt 1,724        11        1,873        8        2,181        14       
 Total 2,129        28        2,282        16        2,713        32       




Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Otero County, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   178             146          
 2nd   37             40          
 3rd   4             21          
 4th   0             9          
 5th   0             1          
 6th   0             1          
 7th   0             1          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   219             219          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Otero County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.




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


Crashes in Otero County by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 590       56         1       11         199       1       308      
Pedestrian 5       0         1       11         4       1       4      
Fixed object 181       17         1       11         54       1       67      
Parked vehicle 100       9         0       0         5       0       7      
Overturn 72       7         5       56         44       5       62      
Other non-collision 23       2         0       0         10       0       12      
Pedalcyclist 8       1         1       11         6       1       7      
Animal 69       7         0       0         5       0       7      
Other object 9       1         0       0         1       0       4      
Total 1,057       100         9       100         328       9       478      


Crashes in Otero County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 879       48         2       17         274       2       246      
Pickup 418       23         4       33         125       2       83      
Semi 35       2         0       0         7       0       4      
Bus 10       1         0       0         1       0       0      
Motorcycle 56       3         1       8         43       1       46      
Pedalcyclist 8       0         1       8         6       1       6      
Pedestrian 5       0         1       8         4       1       4      
Van/4 WD 313       17         2       17         101       2       81      
Other 33       2         0       0         9       0       8      
Unknown 63       3         1       8         3       0       0      
Total 1,820       100         12       100         573       9       478      






Crashes in Otero County by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 64       6         3       33         28       3       49      
Red light running 57       5         0       0         20       0       32      
Failing to yield 182       17         1       11         73       1       119      
Excessive speed 100       9         3       33         32       3       42      
Driving left of center 28       3         0       0         14       0       16      
Following too close 160       15         0       0         49       0       71      
Improper turning 45       4         0       0         14       0       20      
Improper overtaking 10       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Mechanical defect 16       2         0       0         4       0       5      
Driver inattention 239       23         0       0         67       0       87      
Improper driving 8       1         0       0         1       0       5      
Other 148       14         2       22         25       2       31      
Total 1,057       100         9       100         328       9       478      






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



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


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


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



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

"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Otero County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 148         0         57           136         0         32        
Pickup 44         0         13           54         0         15        
Semi 0         0         0           1         0         1        
Bus 0         0         0           1         0         0        
Motorcycle 6         0         5           15         1         10        
Van/4 WD 24         0         8           32         0         13        
Other 1         0         0           4         0         2        
Unknown 4         0         0           2         0         0        
Total 227         0         83           245         1         73        

"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Otero 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       75       0       5         1       56       0       5      
2007 1       69       1       4         2       46       1       10      
2006 1       109       1       4         2       73       1       10      
2005 0       105       0       8         2       72       0       10      
2004 0       115       0       7         0       67       0       6      
2003 2       112       0       3         2       81       1       12      
2002 0       106       0       1         4       78       3       16      
2001 1       116       0       7         1       83       0       6      
2000 0       115       0       15         1       77       1       18      
1999 1       102       0       7         0       61       0       11