Socorro County Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 12,286 licensed drivers in Socorro County. Of these, there were 5,872 females and 6,414 males. The population of Socorro County was 18,180. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 332, yielding a crash rate of 18 per thousand people (total number of crashes 332 divided by total population 18,180 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 an upward trend from 2006 to 2008. 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 130 people convicted of DWI in Socorro County, 75 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 97 divided by the total number of people convicted 130 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 42 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Overturns and Pedestrians resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 44 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 29 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 70 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The four most common top contributing factors were Driver inattention, Other, Excessive speed and Failing to yield. There were 11 fatal crashes in 2008. The top contributing factors for the fatal crashes were Mechanical defect and Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 60 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 52 percent of licensed drivers in Socorro County. Three pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, one 'Teenager' and one Young Adult were killed in crashes in Socorro County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Socorro County 23 percent (5 of 22) 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 Socorro County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Socorro County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Socorro County, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 9        6        7        1        3        1       
 Incapacitating injury 21        1        14        0        6        1       
 Visible injury 42        5        37        1        29        1       
 Complaint of injury 50        2        43        1        35        1       
 Unhurt 428        0        440        2        367        8       
 Total 550        14        541        5        440        12       




Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Socorro County, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   97             70          
 2nd   30             40          
 3rd   3             15          
 4th   0             2          
 5th   0             3          
 6th   0             0          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   130             130          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Socorro County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.




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


Crashes in Socorro County by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 138       42         0       0         26       0       40      
Pedestrian 3       1         1       9         2       1       2      
Fixed object 58       17         0       0         16       0       17      
Veh. on other roadway 1       0         0       0         1       0       2      
Parked vehicle 26       8         0       0         1       0       1      
Overturn 58       17         10       91         33       15       59      
Other non-collision 15       5         0       0         6       0       7      
Pedalcyclist 2       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Animal 25       8         0       0         4       0       4      
Other object 6       2         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 332       100         11       100         91       16       134      


Crashes in Socorro County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 226       44         4       29         63       5       58      
Pickup 150       29         3       21         26       3       34      
Semi 17       3         2       14         3       1       0      
Bus 3       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 13       3         1       7         12       1       12      
Pedalcyclist 3       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Pedestrian 3       1         1       7         2       1       2      
Van/4 WD 61       12         2       14         15       4       24      
Other 14       3         1       7         2       1       1      
Unknown 27       5         0       0         2       0       1      
Total 517       100         14       100         127       16       134      






Crashes in Socorro County by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 28       8         3       27         11       5       15      
Red light running 11       3         0       0         3       0       3      
Failing to yield 39       12         0       0         10       0       13      
Excessive speed 39       12         1       9         21       1       24      
Driving left of center 12       4         0       0         4       0       6      
Following too close 20       6         0       0         4       0       6      
Improper turning 11       3         0       0         3       0       4      
Improper overtaking 5       2         0       0         0       0       0      
Inop. traffic control 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Mechanical defect 15       5         3       27         4       5       16      
Driver inattention 94       28         2       18         21       2       36      
Improper driving 3       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Other 54       16         2       18         9       3       10      
Total 332       100         11       100         91       16       134      






People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Socorro County, 2008


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


Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Socorro County, 2008


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



Pedestrians in Crashes in Socorro County
by Pedestrian Alcohol Involvement
Pedestrians in Crashes in Socorro County
by Age Group

"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Socorro County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 37         1         12           44         1         14        
Pickup 11         0         3           20         0         5        
Semi 0         0         0           2         0         0        
Bus 0         0         0           1         0         0        
Motorcycle 2         0         2           1         0         1        
Van/4 WD 7         1         2           13         0         4        
Other 0         0         0           2         0         0        
Unknown 1         0         1           2         0         0        
Total 58         2         20           85         1         24        

"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Socorro County, 1999-2008
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2008 1       27       0       3         1       24       1       2      
2007 0       18       0       1         4       12       2       3      
2006 1       8       0       1         0       7       0       1      
2005 1       25       0       3         4       19       2       4      
2004 1       22       0       0         1       21       1       2      
2003 0       26       0       9         4       13       2       6      
2002 1       33       0       5         2       28       0       5      
2001 0       28       0       6         1       29       0       6      
2000 0       42       0       2         2       32       1       2      
1999 0       41       0       6         1       22       0       5