Chaves County Report, 2009

Demographics

In 2009, there were 43,614 licensed drivers in Chaves County. Of these, there were 21,851 females and 21,763 males. The population of Chaves County was 63,622. The total number of crashes in 2009 was 1,494, yielding a crash rate of 23 per thousand people (total number of crashes 1,494 divided by total population 63,622 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 23 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 2006 to 2008 the number of crashes has shown an upward trend. Fatal and injury crashes have shown no trend from 2000 to 2009. Belt usage (as a percentage) involving Visible injuries has decreased since last year, while belt usage involving Incapacitating injuries has also decreased. Belt usage (as a percentage) involving Fatalities has decreased since last year.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 224 people convicted of DWI in Chaves County, 74 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 165 divided by the total number of people convicted 224 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles were the most common class, accounting for 59 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Overturns, Fixed objects, Pedestrians and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 48 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 26 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 75 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The three most common top contributing factors were Driver inattention, Following too close and Other. There were 13 fatal crashes in 2009. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 51 percent of drivers in crashes and 79 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 50 percent of licensed drivers in Chaves County. Eight pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2009. In 2009, three "Teenagers" and one Young Adult were killed in crashes in Chaves County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Chaves County 5 percent (4 of 78) 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 Chaves County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Chaves County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Chaves County, 2009 - 2007
Injury Level 2009 2008 2007
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 7        3        7        2        5        0       
 Incapacitating injury 22        1        31        1        45        1       
 Visible injury 123        5        124        5        120        0       
 Complaint of injury 337        0        356        2        356        0       
 Unhurt 2,473        2        2,795        0        2,837        7       
 Total 2,962        11        3,313        10        3,363        8       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Chaves County, 2009
Convictions Since 2005 Since 1985
 1st   165             130          
 2nd   47             54          
 3rd   8             19          
 4th   4             10          
 5th   0             3          
 6th   0             5          
 7th   0             1          
 8th   0             1          
 9th   0             1          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   224             224          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2010 for
violations in 2009 in Chaves County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.

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


Crashes in Chaves County by Class, 2009
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 877       59         5       38         247       6       381      
Pedestrian 8       1         1       8         5       1       5      
Fixed object 196       13         1       8         43       3       57      
Veh. on other roadway 3       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 186       12         0       0         5       0       9      
Overturn 82       5         6       46         51       6       88      
Other non-collision 20       1         0       0         5       0       7      
Pedalcyclist 12       1         0       0         9       0       9      
Railroad train 1       0         0       0         1       0       3      
Animal 96       6         0       0         5       0       8      
Other object 13       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Total 1,494       100         13       100         372       16       568      


Crashes in Chaves County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 1,275       48         5       24         331       3       291      
Pickup 691       26         6       29         163       5       114      
Semi 40       2         1       5         10       0       7      
Bus 6       0         0       0         2       0       4      
Motorcycle 54       2         7       33         36       7       42      
Pedalcyclist 12       0         0       0         9       0       9      
Pedestrian 8       0         1       5         5       1       5      
Van/4 WD 381       14         1       5         87       0       86      
Other 36       1         0       0         7       0       6      
Unknown 147       6         0       0         12       0       4      
Total 2,650       100         21       100         662       16       568      





Crashes in Chaves County by Top Contributing Factor, 2009
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 87       6         5       38         45       7       64      
Red light running 141       9         1       8         66       2       97      
Failing to yield 177       12         0       0         46       0       75      
Excessive speed 125       8         3       23         42       3       61      
Driving left of center 30       2         0       0         9       0       13      
Following too close 245       16         1       8         62       1       100      
Improper turning 48       3         0       0         11       0       23      
Improper overtaking 9       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Inop. traffic control 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Mechanical defect 15       1         0       0         3       0       8      
Driver inattention 383       26         2       15         62       2       90      
Improper driving 14       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Other 219       15         1       8         24       1       35      
Total 1,494       100         13       100         372       16       568      






People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Chaves County, 2009


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


Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Chaves County, 2009


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

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


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Chaves County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 212         2         58           172         1         47        
Pickup 82         1         21           76         1         13        
Semi 0         0         0           1         0         0        
Motorcycle 6         1         5           5         0         4        
Pedalcyclist 5         0         4           0         0         0        
Pedestrian 1         0         1           2         0         1        
Van/4 WD 33         0         9           33         0         2        
Unknown 2         0         1           0         0         0        
Total 341         4         99           289         2         67        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Chaves County, 2000-2009
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2009 3       89       1       5         1       56       0       15      
2008 3       93       1       6         1       75       1       24      
2007 2       105       0       9         0       81       0       4      
2006 1       115       0       18         1       80       0       13      
2005 1       123       0       10         1       87       1       13      
2004 4       126       3       14         0       113       0       6      
2003 1       108       0       9         1       87       1       11      
2002 1       128       0       11         2       99       1       19      
2001 4       116       1       12         0       87       0       14      
2000 1       165       1       13         0       83       0       8