Eddy County Report, 2009

Demographics

In 2009, there were 38,029 licensed drivers in Eddy County. Of these, there were 19,079 females and 18,950 males. The population of Eddy County was 52,706. The total number of crashes in 2009 was 1,208, yielding a crash rate of 23 per thousand people (total number of crashes 1,208 divided by total population 52,706 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 not changed since last year.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 195 people convicted of DWI in Eddy County, 78 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 152 divided by the total number of people convicted 195 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles were the most common class, accounting for 62 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Animals, Other non-collisions, Overturns and Other vehicles 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 32 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 68 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The three most common top contributing factors were Driver inattention, Failing to yield and Other. There were 15 fatal crashes in 2009. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 55 percent of drivers in crashes and 73 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 50 percent of licensed drivers in Eddy County. Nine pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2009. In 2009, no "Teenagers" and two Young Adults were killed in crashes in Eddy County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Eddy County 6 percent (4 of 62) 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 Eddy County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Eddy County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Eddy County, 2009 - 2007
Injury Level 2009 2008 2007
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 12        4        9        3        5        0       
 Incapacitating injury 31        1        40        1        26        0       
 Visible injury 110        1        90        3        99        1       
 Complaint of injury 274        0        265        2        281        0       
 Unhurt 2,116        6        2,192        2        1,980        4       
 Total 2,543        12        2,596        11        2,391        5       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Eddy County, 2009
Convictions Since 2005 Since 1985
 1st   152             122          
 2nd   33             44          
 3rd   9             13          
 4th   1             11          
 5th   0             4          
 6th   0             1          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   195             195          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2010 for
violations in 2009 in Eddy County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.

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


Crashes in Eddy County by Class, 2009
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 753       62         5       33         212       5       346      
Pedestrian 8       1         0       0         7       0       8      
Fixed object 141       12         0       0         24       0       30      
Veh. on other roadway 3       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 143       12         0       0         9       0       12      
Overturn 67       6         8       53         41       8       76      
Other non-collision 19       2         1       7         8       1       8      
Pedalcyclist 4       0         0       0         3       0       3      
Animal 60       5         1       7         4       1       5      
Other object 10       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Total 1,208       100         15       100         309       15       489      


Crashes in Eddy County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 834       38         7       35         211       6       209      
Pickup 703       32         6       30         178       4       127      
Semi 41       2         4       20         12       3       8      
Bus 4       0         0       0         2       0       1      
Motorcycle 44       2         0       0         32       0       32      
Pedalcyclist 4       0         0       0         3       0       3      
Pedestrian 9       0         0       0         8       0       8      
Van/4 WD 376       17         3       15         97       2       85      
Other 60       3         0       0         15       0       11      
Unknown 110       5         0       0         11       0       5      
Total 2,185       100         20       100         569       15       489      





Crashes in Eddy County by Top Contributing Factor, 2009
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 69       6         7       47         30       7       57      
Red light running 81       7         0       0         37       0       53      
Failing to yield 228       19         3       20         69       3       114      
Excessive speed 92       8         4       27         36       4       56      
Driving left of center 12       1         0       0         3       0       6      
Following too close 135       11         0       0         36       0       57      
Improper turning 69       6         0       0         12       0       19      
Improper overtaking 14       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Inop. traffic control 1       0         0       0         1       0       1      
Mechanical defect 20       2         1       7         3       1       3      
Driver inattention 286       24         0       0         47       0       78      
Improper driving 16       1         0       0         4       0       6      
Other 185       15         0       0         31       0       39      
Total 1,208       100         15       100         309       15       489      




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


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


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


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

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


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Eddy County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 139         1         35           112         2         32        
Pickup 95         0         26           79         1         23        
Semi 1         0         0           2         0         1        
Motorcycle 1         0         0           10         0         9        
Pedestrian 0         0         0           1         0         1        
Van/4 WD 38         0         11           41         1         12        
Other 3         0         1           3         0         1        
Unknown 4         0         1           3         0         1        
Total 281         1         74           251         4         80        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Eddy 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       72       0       9         2       79       1       14      
2008 0       57       0       3         3       77       1       21      
2007 0       81       0       6         4       58       1       6      
2006 2       71       1       2         2       63       2       4      
2005 1       100       1       15         1       78       0       12      
2004 0       98       0       11         1       61       0       9      
2003 1       84       0       14         3       76       0       13      
2002 0       127       0       18         2       88       1       15      
2001 1       132       1       16         1       90       1       11      
2000 1       152       0       14         1       64       1       12