Curry County Report, 2009

Demographics

In 2009, there were 30,926 licensed drivers in Curry County. Of these, there were 15,730 females and 15,196 males. The population of Curry County was 44,407. The total number of crashes in 2009 was 1,225, yielding a crash rate of 28 per thousand people (total number of crashes 1,225 divided by total population 44,407 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 23 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 2000 to 2009 the number of crashes has shown no trend. Fatal and injury crashes have also shown no trend from 2000 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.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 209 people convicted of DWI in Curry County, 78 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 162 divided by the total number of people convicted 209 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles were the most common class, accounting for 69 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Overturns and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 44 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 27 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 70 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The three most common top contributing factors were Failing to yield, Driver inattention and Following too close. There were three fatal crashes in 2009. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 52 percent of drivers in crashes and 84 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 49 percent of licensed drivers in Curry County. Six pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2009. In 2009, no "Teenagers" or Young Adults were killed in crashes in Curry County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Curry County 20 percent (10 of 50) 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 Curry County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Curry County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Curry County, 2009 - 2007
Injury Level 2009 2008 2007
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 2        2        6        1        4        3       
 Incapacitating injury 44        4        15        0        26        2       
 Visible injury 76        1        58        2        46        2       
 Complaint of injury 278        2        274        3        233        0       
 Unhurt 2,254        1        1,724        4        2,155        3       
 Total 2,654        10        2,077        10        2,464        10       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Curry County, 2009
Convictions Since 2005 Since 1985
 1st   162             133          
 2nd   40             45          
 3rd   6             17          
 4th   1             10          
 5th   0             1          
 6th   0             1          
 7th   0             2          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   209             209          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2010 for
violations in 2009 in Curry County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.

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


Crashes in Curry County by Class, 2009
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 842       69         1       33         214       1       328      
Pedestrian 6       0         0       0         5       0       5      
Fixed object 124       10         0       0         32       0       37      
Veh. on other roadway 2       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 142       12         0       0         6       0       10      
Overturn 73       6         2       67         41       2       69      
Other non-collision 9       1         0       0         3       0       3      
Pedalcyclist 4       0         0       0         3       0       3      
Animal 19       2         0       0         2       0       2      
Other object 4       0         0       0         1       0       1      
Total 1,225       100         3       100         307       3       458      


Crashes in Curry County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 1,020       44         0       0         252       0       225      
Pickup 622       27         1       25         144       0       95      
Semi 22       1         0       0         10       0       2      
Bus 3       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 36       2         1       25         22       1       26      
Pedalcyclist 4       0         0       0         3       0       3      
Pedestrian 6       0         0       0         5       0       5      
Van/4 WD 377       16         2       50         96       2       84      
Other 82       4         0       0         20       0       11      
Unknown 125       5         0       0         15       0       7      
Total 2,297       100         4       100         567       3       458      

Crashes in Curry County by Top Contributing Factor, 2009
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 54       4         2       67         30       2       50      
Red light running 48       4         0       0         17       0       30      
Failing to yield 273       22         1       33         96       1       139      
Excessive speed 126       10         0       0         33       0       52      
Driving left of center 18       1         0       0         8       0       12      
Following too close 224       18         0       0         59       0       86      
Improper turning 46       4         0       0         7       0       9      
Improper overtaking 9       1         0       0         3       0       7      
Mechanical defect 19       2         0       0         4       0       7      
Driver inattention 229       19         0       0         33       0       45      
Improper driving 23       2         0       0         4       0       7      
Other 156       13         0       0         13       0       14      
Total 1,225       100         3       100         307       3       458      


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


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






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




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

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


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Curry County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 192         0         48           151         0         41        
Pickup 113         0         33           69         0         16        
Motorcycle 1         0         0           6         0         4        
Pedalcyclist 2         0         2           0         0         0        
Pedestrian 1         0         1           0         0         0        
Van/4 WD 50         0         16           39         0         12        
Other 8         0         1           13         0         2        
Unknown 5         0         2           6         0         2        
Total 372         0         103           284         0         77        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Curry County, 2000-2009
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2009 0       85       0       10         0       57       0       6      
2008 0       79       0       5         1       54       0       5      
2007 0       46       0       4         0       54       0       6      
2006 3       70       1       2         2       49       1       5      
2005 4       95       2       10         1       67       1       8      
2004 1       111       0       8         0       70       0       5      
2003 1       101       0       7         1       68       0       4      
2002 1       110       1       0         1       73       0       8      
2001 0       104       0       11         1       58       0       6      
2000 0       108       0       11         1       62       1       7