San Miguel County Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 18,887 licensed drivers in San Miguel County. Of these, there were 9,662 females and 9,225 males. The population of San Miguel County was 28,558. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 310, yielding a crash rate of 11 per thousand people (total number of crashes 310 divided by total population 28,558 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 23 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 2004 to 2008 the number of crashes has shown a downward trend. Fatal and injury crashes have also shown a downward trend from 2004 to 2007. 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 196 people convicted of DWI in San Miguel County, 73 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 143 divided by the total number of people convicted 196 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 Animals, Overturns, Parked vehicles, Pedestrians and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 51 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 23 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 74 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The three most common top contributing factors were Driver inattention, Failing to yield and Following too close. There were nine fatal crashes in 2008. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 54 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 49 percent of licensed drivers in San Miguel County. Four pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, no 'Teenagers' and two Young Adults were killed in crashes in San Miguel County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in San Miguel County 17 percent (4 of 23) 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 Miguel County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in San Miguel County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in San Miguel County, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 5        1        4        3        7        4       
 Incapacitating injury 1        0        11        6        7        1       
 Visible injury 7        0        11        0        26        8       
 Complaint of injury 79        0        61        1        84        5       
 Unhurt 532        0        463        1        758        1       
 Total 624        1        550        11        882        19       




Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in San Miguel County, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   143             98          
 2nd   39             44          
 3rd   8             20          
 4th   5             18          
 5th   1             11          
 6th   0             2          
 7th   0             2          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             1          
 Total   196             196          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in San Miguel County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.




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


Crashes in San Miguel County by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 212       68         2       22         55       2       85      
Pedestrian 4       1         1       11         2       1       2      
Fixed object 21       7         0       0         6       0       6      
Veh. on other roadway 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 47       15         1       11         6       1       8      
Overturn 14       5         4       44         8       4       12      
Other non-collision 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Animal 9       3         1       11         1       1       1      
Other object 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 310       100         9       100         78       9       114      


Crashes in San Miguel County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 300       51         5       29         79       3       56      
Pickup 134       23         4       24         29       1       16      
Semi 3       1         0       0         1       0       0      
Bus 3       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Motorcycle 16       3         1       6         12       1       17      
Pedestrian 4       1         1       6         2       1       2      
Van/4 WD 78       13         3       18         17       3       18      
Other 33       6         0       0         5       0       4      
Unknown 22       4         3       18         0       0       0      
Total 593       100         17       100         146       9       114      






Crashes in San Miguel County by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 30       10         5       56         12       5       18      
Red light running 6       2         1       11         1       1       2      
Failing to yield 61       20         1       11         21       1       26      
Excessive speed 23       7         1       11         8       1       15      
Driving left of center 4       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Following too close 33       11         0       0         15       0       24      
Improper turning 11       4         0       0         3       0       5      
Improper overtaking 6       2         0       0         1       0       1      
Mechanical defect 9       3         0       0         4       0       4      
Driver inattention 97       31         0       0         10       0       15      
Improper driving 5       2         0       0         0       0       0      
Other 25       8         1       11         2       1       3      
Total 310       100         9       100         78       9       114      






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


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


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


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

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



"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in San Miguel County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 54         1         12           44         1         13        
Pickup 7         0         2           16         1         4        
Motorcycle 0         0         0           3         0         3        
Van/4 WD 8         0         3           4         0         1        
Other 3         0         1           2         0         0        
Unknown 4         0         0           1         0         0        
Total 76         1         18           70         2         21        



"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in San Miguel County, 1999-2008
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2008 0       15       0       2         2       18       2       4      
2007 0       14       0       5         1       13       0       5      
2006 0       31       0       9         2       24       1       7      
2005 4       47       1       4         2       30       2       4      
2004 2       72       2       6         0       64       0       12      
2003 0       63       0       7         1       39       1       8      
2002 2       65       2       14         1       50       1       13      
2001 0       59       0       4         1       43       0       8      
2000 0       89       0       9         1       53       1       11      
1999 1       68       1       4         2       40       1       10