Carlsbad Community Report, 2009

Demographics

In 2009, there were 24,346 licensed drivers in Carlsbad. Of these, there were 12,313 females and 12,033 males. The population of Carlsbad was 26,259. The total number of crashes in 2009 was 833, yielding a crash rate of 32 per thousand people (total number of crashes 833 divided by total population 26,259 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 23 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 2006 to 2009 the number of crashes has shown an upward trend. Fatal and injury crashes have shown a downward trend from 2007 to 2009. Belt usage (as a percentage) involving Visible injuries has increased since last year, while belt usage involving Incapacitating injuries has decreased. Belt usage (as a percentage) involving Fatalities has decreased since last year. There were no fatalities in the 7 intersections with the most crashes in 2009. Of these intersections, six involved Canal St.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 65 people convicted of DWI in Carlsbad, 72 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 47 divided by the total number of people convicted 65 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles were the most common class, accounting for 67 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Other non-collisions and Overturns resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 38 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 33 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 68 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The most common top contributing factors were Driver inattention, Failing to yield and Following too close. There were two fatal crashes in 2009. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 53 percent of drivers in crashes and 74 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 49 percent of licensed drivers in Carlsbad. Six pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2009. In 2009, no "Teenagers" or Young Adults were killed in crashes in Carlsbad. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Carlsbad 0 percent (0 of 31) were under 21.


  • 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 2009 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. (e.g. male and female driver counts do not always add up to the total number of licensed drivers because the gender of some drivers is not reported)






Crashes in Carlsbad
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Carlsbad
by Alcohol Involvement
   




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Carlsbad, 2009 - 2007
Injury Level 2009 2008 2007
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 2        1        0        0        1        0       
 Incapacitating injury 17        1        20        1        9        0       
 Visible injury 40        1        33        2        44        0       
 Complaint of injury 195        0        177        0        203        0       
 Unhurt 1,550        5        1,498        2        1,497        4       
 Total 1,804        8        1,728        5        1,754        4       


The Seven Intersections in Carlsbad with the Most Crashes, 2009
Intersection Crashes People
Total Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Canal St and Center Ave 16         0         3         0         4        
Canal St and Fiesta Dr 13         0         4         0         8        
Canal St and Greene St 15         0         5         0         6        
Canal St and Kircher St 12         0         3         0         7        
Canal St and Lea St 13         0         3         0         3        
Canal St and Wood Ave 29         0         8         0         14        
Church St and Mesa St 13         0         8         0         15        



Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Carlsbad, 2009
Convictions Since 2005 Since 1985
 1st   47             41          
 2nd   15             16          
 3rd   3             4          
 4th   0             3          
 5th   0             1          
 6th   0             0          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   65             65          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2010 for
violations in 2009 in Carlsbad.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.


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


Crashes in Carlsbad by Class, 2009
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 559       67         0       0         153       0       239      
Pedestrian 5       1         0       0         4       0       5      
Fixed object 89       11         0       0         10       0       11      
Veh. on other roadway 3       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 113       14         0       0         6       0       9      
Overturn 21       3         1       50         14       1       24      
Other non-collision 11       1         1       50         6       1       6      
Pedalcyclist 3       0         0       0         2       0       2      
Animal 23       3         0       0         1       0       1      
Other object 6       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 833       100         2       100         196       2       297      







Crashes in Carlsbad by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 594       38         2       100         137       2       118      
Pickup 524       33         0       0         124       0       79      
Semi 18       1         0       0         5       0       3      
Bus 3       0         0       0         1       0       0      
Motorcycle 34       2         0       0         24       0       26      
Pedalcyclist 3       0         0       0         2       0       2      
Pedestrian 6       0         0       0         5       0       5      
Van/4 WD 282       18         0       0         75       0       58      
Other 31       2         0       0         5       0       2      
Unknown 73       5         0       0         6       0       4      
Total 1,568       100         2       100         384       2       297      







Crashes in Carlsbad by Top Contributing Factor, 2009
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 36       4         2       100         15       2       27      
Red light running 59       7         0       0         26       0       37      
Failing to yield 158       19         0       0         45       0       73      
Excessive speed 45       5         0       0         16       0       26      
Driving left of center 7       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Following too close 110       13         0       0         30       0       44      
Improper turning 59       7         0       0         12       0       19      
Improper overtaking 11       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Mechanical defect 17       2         0       0         3       0       3      
Driver inattention 216       26         0       0         31       0       45      
Improper driving 13       2         0       0         2       0       2      
Other 102       12         0       0         16       0       21      
Total 833       100         2       100         196       2       297      







People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Carlsbad, 2009








People in Alcohol-Involved Crashes by Age and Sex in Carlsbad, 2009








Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Carlsbad, 2009








Drivers in Alcohol-Involved Crashes by Age and Sex in Carlsbad, 2009

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


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Carlsbad by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 89         0         20           77         0         22        
Pickup 73         0         20           62         0         17        
Semi 1         0         0           0         0         0        
Motorcycle 1         0         0           8         0         7        
Van/4 WD 26         0         5           35         0         10        
Other 1         0         0           1         0         0        
Unknown 3         0         1           2         0         1        
Total 194         0         46           185         0         57        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Carlsbad, 2000-2009
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2009 0       33       0       2         0       49       0       5      
2008 0       34       0       0         0       40       0       7      
2007 0       48       0       6         0       27       0       2      
2006 1       31       0       1         0       30       0       2      
2005 1       63       1       8         0       31       0       2      
2004 0       48       0       4         0       30       0       3      
2003 0       40       0       5         0       42       0       5      
2002 0       56       0       5         0       44       0       6      
2001 1       76       1       9         1       62       1       9      
2000 0       85       0       5         0       34       0       6