Truth or Consequences Community Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 5,180 licensed drivers in Truth or Consequences. Of these, there were 2,575 females and 2,605 males. The population of Truth or Consequences was 6,784. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 136, yielding a crash rate of 20 per thousand people (total number of crashes 136 divided by total population 6,784 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 2002 to 2007. Belt usage (as a percentage) has decreased 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, three involved Date St.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 10 people convicted of DWI in Truth or Consequences, 70 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 7 divided by the total number of people convicted 10 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 45 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Overturns resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 36 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 27 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 69 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The most common top contributing factors were Driver inattention, Failing to yield, Other and Excessive speed. There was one fatal crash in 2008. The top contributing factor for the fatal crash was Driver inattention.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 55 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 50 percent of licensed drivers in Truth or Consequences. One pedestrian was involved in a crash in 2008. In 2008, no 'Teenagers' or Young Adults were killed in crashes in Truth or Consequences. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Truth or Consequences 33 percent (1 of 3) 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 Truth or Consequences
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Truth or Consequences
by Alcohol Involvement
   




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Truth or Consequences, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 1        1        0        0        0        0       
 Incapacitating injury 4        0        6        0        3        0       
 Visible injury 5        0        7        0        13        1       
 Complaint of injury 28        1        22        1        18        0       
 Unhurt 173        1        164        1        184        1       
 Total 211        3        199        2        218        2       




The Seven Intersections in Truth or Consequences with the Most Crashes, 2008
Intersection Crashes People
Total Fatal Injury Killed Injured
3rd Ave @ Date St 6         0         2         0         3        
3rd Ave @ Magnolia St 2         0         1         0         3        
Austin Ave @ Broadway St 3         0         1         0         1        
Broadway St @ Foch St 5         0         0         0         0        
Date St @ Riverside Dr 4         0         1         0         1        
Date St @ Smith St 3         0         1         0         1        
Foch St @ Main St 5         0         2         0         5        

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


DWI Arrests in Truth or Consequences
Showing First Arrest and Repeat Offenders
Crashes in Truth or Consequences
by Hour and Alcohol Involvement
   


Crashes in Truth or Consequences by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 61       45         0       0         21       0       33      
Pedestrian 1       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Fixed object 27       20         0       0         6       0       6      
Parked vehicle 31       23         0       0         1       0       1      
Overturn 9       7         1       100         2       1       3      
Other non-collision 1       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Pedalcyclist 3       2         0       0         1       0       1      
Animal 1       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Other object 2       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 136       100         1       100         31       1       44      

Crashes in Truth or Consequences by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 86       36         1       100         23       1       24      
Pickup 65       27         0       0         14       0       7      
Semi 3       1         0       0         1       0       0      
Bus 2       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 4       2         0       0         2       0       2      
Pedalcyclist 3       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Pedestrian 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Van/4 WD 41       17         0       0         10       0       7      
Other 4       2         0       0         3       0       3      
Unknown 28       12         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 237       100         1       100         54       1       44      

Crashes in Truth or Consequences by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 4       3         0       0         2       0       2      
Red light running 8       6         0       0         6       0       12      
Failing to yield 22       16         0       0         11       0       17      
Excessive speed 17       13         0       0         5       0       5      
Driving left of center 5       4         0       0         1       0       1      
Following too close 7       5         0       0         0       0       0      
Improper turning 7       5         0       0         1       0       1      
Mechanical defect 2       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Driver inattention 46       34         1       100         3       1       4      
Other 18       13         0       0         2       0       2      
Total 136       100         1       100         31       1       44      

People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Truth or Consequences, 2008



People in Alcohol-Involved Crashes by Age and Sex in Truth or Consequences, 2008


Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Truth or Consequences, 2008


Drivers in Alcohol-Involved Crashes by Age and Sex in Truth or Consequences, 2008



Pedestrians in Crashes in Truth or Consequences
by Pedestrian Alcohol Involvement
Pedestrians in Crashes in Truth or Consequences
by Age Group
   


"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Truth or Consequences by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 11         0         5           7         0         2        
Pickup 7         0         3           5         0         0        
Pedalcyclist 1         0         1           0         0         0        
Van/4 WD 5         0         2           0         0         0        
Other 1         0         1           0         0         0        
Total 25         0         12           12         0         2        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Truth or Consequences, 1999-2008
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2008 0       7       0       1         0       1       0       0      
2007 0       3       0       0         0       5       0       0      
2006 0       2       0       0         0       8       0       2      
2005 0       5       0       4         0       2       0       1      
2004 0       6       0       0         0       5       0       3      
2003 0       6       0       2         1       4       1       2      
2002 0       6       0       1         1       7       1       0      
2001 0       5       0       0         0       10       0       0      
2000 0       9       0       1         0       6       0       1      
1999 0       7       0       0         0       2       0       0