Rio Arriba County Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 30,866 licensed drivers in Rio Arriba County. Of these, there were 15,740 females and 15,126 males. The population of Rio Arriba County was 40,692. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 638, yielding a crash rate of 16 per thousand people (total number of crashes 638 divided by total population 40,692 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 decreasing trend from 2006 to 2008. Belt usage (as a percentage) has increased from last year, and 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 224 people convicted of DWI in Rio Arriba County, 73 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 164 divided by the total number of people convicted 224 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 44 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Overturns, Fixed objects, Pedestrians and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 43 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 26 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 66 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The three most common top contributing factors were Other, Excessive speed and Driver inattention. There were 14 fatal crashes in 2008. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 64 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 49 percent of licensed drivers in Rio Arriba County. Three pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, four 'Teenagers' and two Young Adults were killed in crashes in Rio Arriba County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Rio Arriba County 11 percent (5 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 Rio Arriba County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Rio Arriba County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Rio Arriba County, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 8        5        10        9        7        6       
 Incapacitating injury 29        5        24        4        34        13       
 Visible injury 37        3        50        8        84        7       
 Complaint of injury 163        3        210        6        270        13       
 Unhurt 830        5        1,074        10        1,138        23       
 Total 1,067        21        1,368        37        1,533        62       




Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Rio Arriba County, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   164             118          
 2nd   51             49          
 3rd   6             29          
 4th   2             12          
 5th   0             8          
 6th   1             3          
 7th   0             3          
 8th   0             2          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   224             224          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Rio Arriba County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.




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


Crashes in Rio Arriba County by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 282       44         1       7         86       2       158      
Pedestrian 3       0         1       7         2       1       2      
Fixed object 119       19         3       21         29       3       40      
Parked vehicle 13       2         0       0         1       0       1      
Overturn 74       12         9       64         35       10       53      
Other non-collision 21       3         0       0         4       0       5      
Animal 116       18         0       0         11       0       15      
Other object 10       2         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 638       100         14       100         168       16       274      


Crashes in Rio Arriba County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 417       43         6       35         125       6       123      
Pickup 250       26         3       18         55       2       66      
Semi 23       2         0       0         7       0       3      
Bus 5       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Motorcycle 26       3         3       18         15       4       20      
Pedestrian 3       0         1       6         2       1       2      
Van/4 WD 133       14         4       24         40       3       46      
Other 48       5         0       0         13       0       9      
Unknown 56       6         0       0         13       0       4      
Total 961       100         17       100         271       16       274      






Crashes in Rio Arriba County by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 52       8         7       50         23       9       45      
Red light running 13       2         0       0         5       0       10      
Failing to yield 52       8         0       0         19       0       30      
Excessive speed 136       21         4       29         39       4       71      
Driving left of center 19       3         0       0         7       0       11      
Following too close 64       10         0       0         18       0       30      
Improper turning 16       3         0       0         6       0       9      
Improper overtaking 6       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Mechanical defect 10       2         0       0         2       0       3      
Driver inattention 92       14         2       14         20       2       27      
Improper driving 6       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Other 172       27         1       7         29       1       38      
Total 638       100         14       100         168       16       274      






People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Rio Arriba County, 2008


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


Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Rio Arriba County, 2008


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

Pedestrians in Crashes in Rio Arriba County
by Pedestrian Alcohol Involvement
Pedestrians in Crashes in Rio Arriba County
by Age Group



"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Rio Arriba County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 52         3         13           64         1         14        
Pickup 21         1         7           25         1         6        
Semi 1         0         0           2         0         0        
Motorcycle 1         0         0           0         0         0        
Van/4 WD 10         1         3           17         1         6        
Other 2         0         1           10         0         3        
Unknown 2         0         1           0         0         0        
Total 89         5         25           118         3         29        



"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Rio Arriba County, 1999-2008
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2008 4       29       4       4         2       30       1       4      
2007 5       40       4       9         3       54       3       17      
2006 1       74       1       15         1       56       1       24      
2005 2       56       2       8         3       55       2       12      
2004 3       62       0       16         6       69       4       22      
2003 1       80       1       24         3       56       2       17      
2002 7       53       2       10         2       60       2       19      
2001 2       109       2       14         0       66       0       17      
2000 4       74       2       14         3       55       1       19      
1999 4       112       3       21         1       80       1       18