Roswell Community Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 38,368 licensed drivers in Roswell. Of these, there were 19,414 females and 18,954 males. The population of Roswell was 46,198. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 1,323, yielding a crash rate of 29 per thousand people (total number of crashes 1,323 divided by total population 46,198 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 2007. Belt usage (as a percentage) has increased from last year, while belt usage in crashes involving visible and incapacitating injuries has decreased. There were no fatalities in the 7 intersections with the most crashes in 2008. Of these intersections, seven involved Main St.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 149 people convicted of DWI in Roswell, 83 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 123 divided by the total number of people convicted 149 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 68 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 54 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 24 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 73 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The most common top contributing factors were Driver inattention, Following too close and Failing to yield. There were five fatal crashes in 2008. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Excessive speed.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 50 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 49 percent of licensed drivers in Roswell. 20 pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, two 'Teenagers' and one Young Adult were killed in crashes in Roswell. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Roswell 13 percent (8 of 61) 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 Roswell
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Roswell
by Alcohol Involvement
   




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Roswell, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 4        1        1        0        0        0       
 Incapacitating injury 18        0        27        0        25        1       
 Visible injury 59        1        61        0        71        2       
 Complaint of injury 312        1        280        0        296        0       
 Unhurt 2,426        0        2,466        4        2,366        0       
 Total 2,819        3        2,835        4        2,758        3       




The Seven Intersections in Roswell with the Most Crashes, 2008
Intersection Crashes People
Total Fatal Injury Killed Injured
19th St @ Main St 33         0         5         0         5        
2nd St @ Main St 19         0         4         0         5        
4th St @ Main St 13         0         5         0         6        
Brasher Rd @ Main St 14         0         4         0         7        
College Blvd @ Main St 12         0         4         0         7        
Country Club Rd @ Main St 29         0         10         0         12        
Main St @ Mc Gaffey St 19         0         3         0         4        

Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Roswell, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   123             103          
 2nd   19             27          
 3rd   7             9          
 4th   0             5          
 5th   0             2          
 6th   0             1          
 7th   0             1          
 8th   0             1          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   149             149          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Roswell.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.


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


Crashes in Roswell by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 902       68         1       20         240       1       367      
Pedestrian 20       2         1       20         15       1       17      
Fixed object 140       11         2       40         23       3       35      
Veh. on other roadway 2       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 216       16         0       0         11       0       14      
Overturn 16       1         1       20         10       1       10      
Other non-collision 5       0         0       0         1       0       1      
Pedalcyclist 12       1         0       0         9       0       9      
Animal 8       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Other object 2       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 1,323       100         5       100         309       6       453      

Crashes in Roswell by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 1,352       54         3       43         314       1       245      
Pickup 597       24         0       0         133       0       76      
Semi 12       0         0       0         1       0       1      
Bus 4       0         0       0         2       0       0      
Motorcycle 30       1         1       14         23       1       23      
Pedalcyclist 12       0         0       0         9       0       9      
Pedestrian 20       1         1       14         15       1       15      
Van/4 WD 339       13         2       29         92       3       70      
Other 22       1         0       0         7       0       8      
Unknown 139       6         0       0         13       0       6      
Total 2,527       100         7       100         609       6       453      

Crashes in Roswell by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 80       6         1       20         31       1       58      
Red light running 134       10         0       0         48       0       70      
Failing to yield 178       13         0       0         55       0       84      
Excessive speed 76       6         2       40         13       3       14      
Driving left of center 21       2         0       0         5       0       5      
Following too close 222       17         0       0         56       0       82      
Improper turning 49       4         0       0         6       0       7      
Improper overtaking 22       2         1       20         3       1       3      
Inop. traffic control 3       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Mechanical defect 14       1         0       0         4       0       5      
Driver inattention 407       31         0       0         63       0       93      
Improper driving 12       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Other 105       8         1       20         24       1       31      
Total 1,323       100         5       100         309       6       453      

People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Roswell, 2008


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


Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Roswell, 2008


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



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


"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Roswell by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 204         0         52           173         1         40        
Pickup 70         0         22           50         0         15        
Motorcycle 5         1         4           4         0         3        
Pedalcyclist 2         0         2           0         0         0        
Pedestrian 1         0         1           1         0         1        
Van/4 WD 26         1         8           34         0         7        
Other 1         0         1           4         0         2        
Unknown 4         0         1           5         0         1        
Total 313         2         91           271         1         69        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Roswell, 1999-2008
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2008 2       61       0       4         1       44       1       11      
2007 1       71       0       7         0       53       0       1      
2006 0       83       0       14         0       53       0       7      
2005 0       97       0       10         1       67       1       10      
2004 1       93       1       8         0       85       0       2      
2003 0       76       0       5         0       65       0       7      
2002 0       97       0       9         0       67       0       12      
2001 2       87       1       11         0       61       0       6      
2000 1       131       1       12         0       56       0       6      
1999 0       112       0       7         0       53       0       5