San Juan County Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 78,728 licensed drivers in San Juan County. Of these, there were 39,927 females and 38,801 males. The population of San Juan County was 122,500. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 2,843, yielding a crash rate of 23 per thousand people (total number of crashes 2,843 divided by total population 122,500 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 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 1,232 people convicted of DWI in San Juan County, 70 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 865 divided by the total number of people convicted 1,232 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 65 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Other objects, Pedalcyclists, Overturns, Parked vehicles, Fixed objects, Pedestrians and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 42 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 31 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, Following too close and Failing to yield. There were 27 fatal crashes in 2008. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 57 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 49 percent of licensed drivers in San Juan County. 25 pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, four 'Teenagers' and no Young Adults were killed in crashes in San Juan County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in San Juan County 14 percent (29 of 208) 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 San Juan County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in San Juan County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in San Juan County, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 18        12        20        11        21        9       
 Incapacitating injury 122        9        110        9        105        8       
 Visible injury 259        15        216        5        231        32       
 Complaint of injury 807        6        768        10        848        6       
 Unhurt 5,033        23        5,347        12        5,300        23       
 Total 6,239        65        6,461        47        6,505        78       




Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in San Juan County, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   865             626          
 2nd   278             282          
 3rd   68             141          
 4th   15             85          
 5th   4             56          
 6th   2             21          
 7th   0             11          
 8th   0             6          
 9th   0             1          
 10 or more   0             3          
 Total   1,232             1,232          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in San Juan County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.




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


Crashes in San Juan County by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 1,862       65         9       33         619       11       984      
Pedestrian 24       1         1       4         20       1       20      
Fixed object 385       14         2       7         92       2       112      
Veh. on other roadway 4       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 134       5         1       4         17       1       22      
Overturn 193       7         12       44         113       13       174      
Other non-collision 54       2         0       0         19       0       22      
Pedalcyclist 9       0         1       4         8       1       8      
Animal 159       6         0       0         16       0       17      
Other object 19       1         1       4         1       1       1      
Total 2,843       100         27       100         905       30       1,360      


Crashes in San Juan County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 2,095       42         12       30         702       14       635      
Pickup 1,553       31         16       40         477       8       316      
Semi 106       2         2       5         20       0       6      
Bus 10       0         0       0         3       0       0      
Motorcycle 83       2         2       5         67       2       72      
Pedalcyclist 9       0         1       3         8       1       8      
Pedestrian 25       0         2       5         20       2       20      
Van/4 WD 927       18         4       10         323       3       275      
Other 108       2         0       0         28       0       17      
Unknown 126       2         1       3         25       0       11      
Total 5,042       100         40       100         1,673       30       1,360      






Crashes in San Juan County by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 264       9         13       48         120       16       202      
Red light running 142       5         1       4         67       1       103      
Failing to yield 448       16         1       4         163       1       267      
Excessive speed 359       13         4       15         132       4       200      
Driving left of center 42       1         2       7         20       2       28      
Following too close 457       16         0       0         134       0       185      
Improper turning 78       3         0       0         21       0       28      
Improper overtaking 21       1         0       0         8       0       10      
Inop. traffic control 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Mechanical defect 39       1         1       4         13       1       16      
Driver inattention 600       21         2       7         157       2       237      
Improper driving 19       1         0       0         3       0       5      
Other 373       13         3       11         67       3       79      
Total 2,843       100         27       100         905       30       1,360      






People in Crashes by Age and Sex in San Juan County, 2008


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


Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in San Juan County, 2008


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

Pedestrians in Crashes in San Juan County
by Pedestrian Alcohol Involvement
Pedestrians in Crashes in San Juan County
by Age Group


"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in San Juan County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 306         4         97           383         0         141        
Pickup 166         0         54           181         0         60        
Semi 1         0         0           7         0         1        
Motorcycle 10         0         10           7         0         5        
Pedalcyclist 1         0         1           0         0         0        
Pedestrian 5         1         4           3         0         3        
Van/4 WD 110         1         39           109         0         37        
Other 1         0         0           9         0         5        
Unknown 3         0         1           6         0         2        
Total 603         6         206           705         0         254        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in San Juan 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       193       2       19         0       191       0       35      
2007 2       190       2       20         7       150       3       23      
2006 1       230       0       30         7       197       5       46      
2005 4       244       1       25         4       246       2       31      
2004 1       246       0       31         6       227       4       40      
2003 6       278       3       35         4       210       3       48      
2002 7       343       2       50         3       239       3       50      
2001 4       358       3       54         7       248       6       53      
2000 4       373       2       59         2       226       2       53      
1999 2       320       1       42         1       169       1       42