Portales Community Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 11,488 licensed drivers in Portales. Of these, there were 5,810 females and 5,678 males. The population of Portales was 12,215. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 233, yielding a crash rate of 19 per thousand people (total number of crashes 233 divided by total population 12,215 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 2008. Belt usage (as a percentage) has increased from last year, while belt usage in crashes involving visible and incapacitating injuries has also increased. There were no fatalities in the 7 intersections with the most crashes in 2008. Of these intersections, three involved 2nd St and 1st St.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 42 people convicted of DWI in Portales, 88 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 37 divided by the total number of people convicted 42 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 58 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Fixed objects resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 39 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 26 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 56 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 was one fatal crash in 2008. The top contributing factor for the fatal crash was Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 59 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 49 percent of licensed drivers in Portales. One pedestrian was involved in a crash in 2008. In 2008, no 'Teenagers' or Young Adults were killed in crashes in Portales. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Portales 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 Portales
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Portales
by Alcohol Involvement
   




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Portales, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 0        0        0        0        0        0       
 Incapacitating injury 5        0        1        0        1        0       
 Visible injury 10        1        12        3        20        3       
 Complaint of injury 36        2        31        1        58        1       
 Unhurt 312        1        354        3        536        5       
 Total 363        4        398        7        615        9       




The Seven Intersections in Portales with the Most Crashes, 2008
Intersection Crashes People
Total Fatal Injury Killed Injured
1st St @ Abilene Ave 3         0         1         0         1        
1st St @ Ave B 3         0         0         0         0        
1st St @ Main Ave 3         0         0         0         0        
2nd St @ Abilene Ave 3         0         0         0         0        
2nd St @ Ave A 4         0         0         0         0        
2nd St @ Ave D 3         0         0         0         0        
Kilgore Ave @ US 70 4         0         1         0         3        

Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Portales, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   37             30          
 2nd   4             9          
 3rd   1             3          
 4th   0             0          
 5th   0             0          
 6th   0             0          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   42             42          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Portales.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.


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


Crashes in Portales by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 136       58         0       0         24       0       36      
Pedestrian 1       0         0       0         1       0       1      
Fixed object 34       15         1       100         12       1       16      
Veh. on other roadway 2       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Parked vehicle 44       19         0       0         4       0       5      
Overturn 8       3         0       0         6       0       7      
Other non-collision 3       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Pedalcyclist 3       1         0       0         3       0       3      
Animal 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Other object 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 233       100         1       100         52       1       70      

Crashes in Portales by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 165       39         1       100         35       1       35      
Pickup 110       26         0       0         13       0       9      
Semi 11       3         0       0         3       0       0      
Bus 3       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 7       2         0       0         6       0       6      
Pedalcyclist 3       1         0       0         3       0       3      
Pedestrian 1       0         0       0         1       0       1      
Van/4 WD 50       12         0       0         11       0       8      
Other 26       6         0       0         6       0       4      
Unknown 44       10         0       0         7       0       4      
Total 420       100         1       100         85       1       70      


Crashes in Portales by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 16       7         1       100         7       1       12      
Red light running 10       4         0       0         3       0       5      
Failing to yield 51       22         0       0         13       0       18      
Excessive speed 13       6         0       0         4       0       7      
Driving left of center 6       3         0       0         1       0       1      
Following too close 23       10         0       0         4       0       5      
Improper turning 14       6         0       0         3       0       3      
Improper overtaking 5       2         0       0         1       0       2      
Mechanical defect 5       2         0       0         1       0       1      
Driver inattention 66       28         0       0         10       0       11      
Improper driving 3       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Other 21       9         0       0         5       0       5      
Total 233       100         1       100         52       1       70      

People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Portales, 2008

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


Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Portales, 2008


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



Pedestrians in Crashes in Portales
by Pedestrian Alcohol Involvement
Pedestrians in Crashes in Portales
by Age Group
   


"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Portales by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 28         0         4           33         0         9        
Pickup 20         0         4           18         0         1        
Motorcycle 1         0         1           1         0         0        
Pedalcyclist 1         0         1           0         0         0        
Pedestrian 1         0         1           0         0         0        
Van/4 WD 12         0         3           2         0         0        
Other 4         0         1           2         0         0        
Unknown 3         0         0           7         0         1        
Total 70         0         15           63         0         11        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Portales, 1999-2008
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2008 0       13       0       0         0       13       0       5      
2007 0       21       0       4         0       15       0       3      
2006 0       22       0       1         0       11       0       1      
2005 0       22       0       2         0       13       0       2      
2004 0       30       0       2         0       11       0       1      
2003 0       20       0       0         0       13       0       1      
2002 0       19       0       3         1       18       1       2      
2001 0       23       0       1         0       12       0       4      
2000 0       14       0       1         0       15       0       1      
1999 0       20       0       4         0       7       0       0