Taos County Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 25,562 licensed drivers in Taos County. Of these, there were 12,960 females and 12,602 males. The population of Taos County was 31,546. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 499, yielding a crash rate of 16 per thousand people (total number of crashes 499 divided by total population 31,546 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 shown no trend from 1999 to 2008. 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 98 people convicted of DWI in Taos County, 78 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 76 divided by the total number of people convicted 98 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 64 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Other non-collisions, Overturns, Pedestrians and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 46 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Van/4 WDs and Pickups each accounted for 21 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. These three vehicle types each comprised 87 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The three most common top contributing factors were Following too close, Driver inattention and Other. There were seven fatal crashes in 2008. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 59 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 49 percent of licensed drivers in Taos County. Six pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, two 'Teenagers' and one Young Adult were killed in crashes in Taos County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Taos County 18 percent (6 of 33) 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 Taos County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Taos County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Taos County, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 4        1        6        6        4        3       
 Incapacitating injury 24        1        11        0        16        0       
 Visible injury 36        0        54        6        43        3       
 Complaint of injury 145        0        134        2        152        9       
 Unhurt 769        0        816        2        887        7       
 Total 978        2        1,021        16        1,102        22       




Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Taos County, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   76             61          
 2nd   16             23          
 3rd   4             8          
 4th   2             1          
 5th   0             1          
 6th   0             4          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   98             98          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Taos County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.




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


Crashes in Taos County by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 320       64         2       29         96       3       157      
Pedestrian 6       1         1       14         5       1       5      
Fixed object 80       16         0       0         25       0       31      
Parked vehicle 17       3         0       0         1       0       1      
Overturn 33       7         3       43         16       3       26      
Other non-collision 5       1         1       14         3       1       4      
Pedalcyclist 4       1         0       0         3       0       3      
Animal 31       6         0       0         8       0       9      
Other object 3       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 499       100         7       100         157       8       236      


Crashes in Taos County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 406       46         3       21         142       0       120      
Pickup 188       21         4       29         54       3       48      
Semi 10       1         0       0         4       0       1      
Bus 3       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 13       1         3       21         7       3       8      
Pedalcyclist 7       1         0       0         5       0       5      
Pedestrian 6       1         1       7         5       1       5      
Van/4 WD 180       21         3       21         47       1       42      
Other 31       4         0       0         6       0       4      
Unknown 34       4         0       0         8       0       3      
Total 878       100         14       100         278       8       236      






Crashes in Taos County by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 39       8         3       43         18       3       29      
Red light running 18       4         0       0         8       0       14      
Failing to yield 65       13         0       0         19       0       28      
Excessive speed 58       12         1       14         15       1       30      
Driving left of center 18       4         0       0         10       0       10      
Following too close 104       21         0       0         36       0       51      
Improper turning 15       3         0       0         3       0       8      
Improper overtaking 3       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Mechanical defect 8       2         0       0         3       0       3      
Driver inattention 92       18         1       14         29       1       34      
Improper driving 5       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Other 74       15         2       29         14       3       27      
Total 499       100         7       100         157       8       236      






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


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


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


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



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



"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Taos County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 49         0         25           53         0         19        
Pickup 17         1         7           30         1         7        
Motorcycle 1         1         0           2         1         1        
Pedalcyclist 0         0         0           1         0         0        
Van/4 WD 12         0         4           16         0         1        
Other 1         0         1           4         0         1        
Total 80         2         37           106         2         29        



"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Taos County, 1999-2008
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2008 2       36       2       8         1       25       0       3      
2007 1       34       0       6         2       23       2       5      
2006 1       35       1       5         2       30       2       10      
2005 0       49       0       7         1       33       1       4      
2004 2       55       2       9         1       45       1       5      
2003 0       44       0       5         2       42       1       9      
2002 0       73       0       13         1       43       1       9      
2001 2       60       2       5         2       39       1       12      
2000 2       85       2       19         3       56       2       6      
1999 0       55       0       10         0       36       0       10