Ruidoso Community Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 7,656 licensed drivers in Ruidoso. Of these, there were 3,872 females and 3,784 males. The population of Ruidoso was 9,096. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 175, yielding a crash rate of 19 per thousand people (total number of crashes 175 divided by total population 9,096 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 also shown no trend from 1999 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, five involved Sudderth Dr.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 56 people convicted of DWI in Ruidoso, 82 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 46 divided by the total number of people convicted 56 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 60 percent of all crashes. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 39 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Van/4 WDs accounted for 31 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 74 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The most common top contributing factors were Other, Driver inattention and Failing to yield. There were no fatal crashes in 2008.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 58 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 49 percent of licensed drivers in Ruidoso. One pedestrian was involved in a crash in 2008. In 2008, no 'Teenagers' or Young Adults were killed in crashes in Ruidoso. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Ruidoso 25 percent (3 of 12) 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 Ruidoso
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Ruidoso
by Alcohol Involvement
   




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Ruidoso, 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 0        0        8        1        0        0       
 Visible injury 10        0        26        1        19        2       
 Complaint of injury 48        0        47        2        35        0       
 Unhurt 285        5        451        12        408        3       
 Total 343        5        532        16        462        5       




The Seven Intersections in Ruidoso with the Most Crashes, 2008
Intersection Crashes People
Total Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Brady Canyon Rd @ Mechem Dr 3         0         2         0         7        
Carrizo Canyon Rd @ Sudderth Dr 3         0         1         0         1        
Country Club Rd @ Sudderth Dr 3         0         1         0         1        
Eagle Dr @ Sudderth Dr 3         0         2         0         2        
Hull Rd @ Warrior Dr 4         0         1         0         1        
Mechem Dr @ Sudderth Dr 4         0         1         0         1        
Sudderth Dr @ US 70 7         0         1         0         1        

Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Ruidoso, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   46             40          
 2nd   10             12          
 3rd   0             3          
 4th   0             1          
 5th   0             0          
 6th   0             0          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   56             56          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Ruidoso.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.


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


Crashes in Ruidoso by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 105       60         0       0         35       0       51      
Pedestrian 1       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Fixed object 27       15         0       0         5       0       5      
Parked vehicle 16       9         0       0         3       0       4      
Overturn 5       3         0       0         4       0       4      
Other non-collision 2       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Animal 18       10         0       0         0       0       0      
Other object 1       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 175       100         0       0         47       0       64      

Crashes in Ruidoso by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 118       39         0       0         35       0       20      
Pickup 62       20         0       0         18       0       10      
Semi 4       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 4       1         0       0         3       0       3      
Pedestrian 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Van/4 WD 94       31         0       0         30       0       29      
Other 8       3         0       0         1       0       1      
Unknown 13       4         0       0         1       0       1      
Total 304       100         0       0         88       0       64      

Crashes in Ruidoso by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 13       7         0       0         5       0       6      
Red light running 3       2         0       0         1       0       1      
Failing to yield 28       16         0       0         9       0       11      
Excessive speed 17       10         0       0         9       0       15      
Driving left of center 7       4         0       0         2       0       4      
Following too close 27       15         0       0         10       0       11      
Improper turning 6       3         0       0         2       0       2      
Improper overtaking 2       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Inop. traffic control 1       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Mechanical defect 2       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Driver inattention 31       18         0       0         6       0       11      
Improper driving 2       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Other 36       21         0       0         2       0       2      
Total 175       100         0       0         47       0       64      

People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Ruidoso, 2008


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


Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Ruidoso, 2008


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



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


"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Ruidoso by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 18         0         6           18         0         6        
Pickup 7         0         1           6         0         3        
Van/4 WD 6         0         3           9         0         4        
Other 0         0         0           1         0         0        
Unknown 0         0         0           1         0         1        
Total 31         0         10           35         0         14        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Ruidoso, 1999-2008
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2008 0       11       0       0         0       9       0       1      
2007 0       15       0       2         0       12       0       2      
2006 0       19       0       3         0       10       0       2      
2005 0       22       0       1         0       12       0       0      
2004 1       20       0       0         1       15       0       2      
2003 0       20       0       2         0       12       0       4      
2002 0       17       0       3         0       7       0       0      
2001 0       20       0       0         0       9       0       3      
2000 0       22       0       2         0       17       0       5      
1999 0       25       0       8         0       16       0       6