Socorro Community Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 7,216 licensed drivers in Socorro. Of these, there were 3,489 females and 3,727 males. The population of Socorro was 8,989. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 190, yielding a crash rate of 21 per thousand people (total number of crashes 190 divided by total population 8,989 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 not changed. There were no fatalities in the 7 intersections with the most crashes in 2008. Of these intersections, five involved California St.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 57 people convicted of DWI in Socorro, 65 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 37 divided by the total number of people convicted 57 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 59 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 46 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 30 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 72 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The most common top contributing factors were Driver inattention, Failing to yield, Following too close and Excessive speed. There were two fatal crashes in 2008. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 55 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 52 percent of licensed drivers in Socorro. Two pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, no 'Teenagers' and one Young Adult were killed in crashes in Socorro. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Socorro 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 Socorro
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Socorro
by Alcohol Involvement
   




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Socorro, 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 5        0        2        0        1        0       
 Visible injury 8        0        7        0        7        1       
 Complaint of injury 25        1        20        1        18        0       
 Unhurt 281        0        240        0        226        2       
 Total 319        1        269        1        252        3       




The Seven Intersections in Socorro with the Most Crashes, 2008
Intersection Crashes People
Total Fatal Injury Killed Injured
6th St @ California St 3         0         0         0         0        
Bullock Blvd @ California St 5         0         0         0         0        
California St @ College Ave 8         0         1         0         3        
California St @ Manzanares Ave 3         0         0         0         0        
California St @ Otero Ave 4         0         1         0         1        
Chapparel Dr @ Hope Farms Rd 3         0         0         0         0        
Park St @ Spring St 3         0         1         0         1        

Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Socorro, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   37             27          
 2nd   18             17          
 3rd   2             10          
 4th   0             2          
 5th   0             1          
 6th   0             0          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   57             57          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Socorro.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.


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


Crashes in Socorro by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 112       59         0       0         19       0       29      
Pedestrian 2       1         1       50         1       1       1      
Fixed object 30       16         0       0         6       0       6      
Parked vehicle 24       13         0       0         0       0       0      
Overturn 13       7         1       50         8       3       10      
Other non-collision 3       2         0       0         2       0       3      
Pedalcyclist 2       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Animal 3       2         0       0         0       0       0      
Other object 1       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 190       100         2       100         38       4       51      

Crashes in Socorro by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 153       46         2       67         28       3       25      
Pickup 100       30         0       0         15       0       11      
Semi 5       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Bus 3       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 6       2         0       0         6       0       6      
Pedalcyclist 3       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Pedestrian 2       1         1       33         1       1       1      
Van/4 WD 34       10         0       0         6       0       5      
Other 10       3         0       0         1       0       0      
Unknown 20       6         0       0         1       0       1      
Total 336       100         3       100         60       4       51      

Crashes in Socorro by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 16       8         2       100         5       4       8      
Red light running 10       5         0       0         2       0       2      
Failing to yield 36       19         0       0         9       0       12      
Excessive speed 17       9         0       0         11       0       12      
Driving left of center 5       3         0       0         0       0       0      
Following too close 18       9         0       0         3       0       5      
Improper turning 10       5         0       0         2       0       3      
Improper overtaking 5       3         0       0         0       0       0      
Inop. traffic control 1       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Mechanical defect 4       2         0       0         1       0       1      
Driver inattention 52       27         0       0         4       0       7      
Improper driving 1       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Other 15       8         0       0         1       0       1      
Total 190       100         2       100         38       4       51      

People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Socorro, 2008



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


Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Socorro, 2008


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



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


"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Socorro by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 28         1         7           33         1         6        
Pickup 10         0         2           14         0         2        
Semi 0         0         0           1         0         0        
Bus 0         0         0           1         0         0        
Motorcycle 1         0         1           0         0         0        
Van/4 WD 4         0         0           8         0         1        
Other 0         0         0           1         0         0        
Unknown 1         0         1           2         0         0        
Total 44         1         11           60         1         9        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Socorro, 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       1         1       6       1       0      
2007 0       7       0       1         0       2       0       1      
2006 0       4       0       1         0       3       0       1      
2005 0       13       0       2         1       9       1       3      
2004 0       10       0       0         0       5       0       0      
2003 0       9       0       3         1       4       0       1      
2002 0       18       0       3         2       10       0       4      
2001 0       4       0       0         0       6       0       0      
2000 0       10       0       0         0       3       0       0      
1999 0       15       0       4         0       5       0       0