Hidalgo County Report, 2009

Demographics

In 2009, there were 3,513 licensed drivers in Hidalgo County. Of these, there were 1,659 females and 1,854 males. The population of Hidalgo County was 5,057. The total number of crashes in 2009 was 103, yielding a crash rate of 20 per thousand people (total number of crashes 103 divided by total population 5,057 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 decreased since last year, while belt usage involving Incapacitating injuries has also 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 40 people convicted of DWI in Hidalgo County, 78 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 31 divided by the total number of people convicted 40 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Animals were the most common class, accounting for 28 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Overturns and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Pickups and Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 30 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Van/4 WDs accounted for 17 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. These three vehicle types each comprised 76 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The three most common top contributing factors were Other, Driver inattention and Excessive speed. There were three fatal crashes in 2009. The top contributing factors for the fatal crashes were Mechanical defect, Excessive speed and Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 69 percent of drivers in crashes and 75 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 53 percent of licensed drivers in Hidalgo County. One pedestrian was involved in a crash in 2009. In 2009, no "Teenagers" or Young Adults were killed in crashes in Hidalgo County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Hidalgo County 0 percent (0 of 4) 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 Hidalgo County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Hidalgo County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Hidalgo County, 2009 - 2007
Injury Level 2009 2008 2007
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 3        1        3        1        7        4       
 Incapacitating injury 3        2        8        4        10        1       
 Visible injury 17        1        15        0        23        1       
 Complaint of injury 17        1        19        0        19        1       
 Unhurt 94        2        88        0        96        1       
 Total 134        7        133        5        155        8       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Hidalgo County, 2009
Convictions Since 2005 Since 1985
 1st   31             24          
 2nd   6             5          
 3rd   3             7          
 4th   0             4          
 5th   0             0          
 6th   0             0          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   40             40          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2010 for
violations in 2009 in Hidalgo County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.

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


Crashes in Hidalgo County by Class, 2009
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 20       19         1       33         8       1       13      
Pedestrian 1       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Fixed object 19       18         0       0         6       0       7      
Veh. on other roadway 1       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 1       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Overturn 27       26         2       67         15       2       22      
Other non-collision 5       5         0       0         1       0       1      
Animal 29       28         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 103       100         3       100         31       3       44      


Crashes in Hidalgo County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 39       30         1       25         15       1       15      
Pickup 38       30         1       25         11       1       11      
Semi 12       9         1       25         4       0       2      
Bus 3       2         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 2       2         0       0         1       0       1      
Pedestrian 1       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Van/4 WD 22       17         1       25         6       1       11      
Other 8       6         0       0         3       0       3      
Unknown 3       2         0       0         1       0       0      
Total 128       100         4       100         42       3       44      

Crashes in Hidalgo County by Top Contributing Factor, 2009
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 4       4         1       33         1       1       1      
Excessive speed 16       16         1       33         7       1       9      
Driving left of center 1       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Following too close 1       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Improper turning 2       2         0       0         1       0       1      
Improper overtaking 2       2         0       0         1       0       1      
Mechanical defect 12       12         1       33         2       1       5      
Driver inattention 30       29         0       0         16       0       23      
Improper driving 5       5         0       0         2       0       3      
Other 30       29         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 103       100         3       100         31       3       44      


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


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





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


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



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


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Hidalgo County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 9         0         6           6         0         0        
Pickup 2         0         1           6         0         2        
Van/4 WD 3         0         0           3         0         0        
Other 0         0         0           2         0         0        
Total 14         0         7           17         0         2        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Hidalgo 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       6       0       0         0       2       0       0      
2008 1       10       0       0         0       9       0       0      
2007 0       14       0       1         2       11       0       2      
2006 0       13       0       0         0       8       0       0      
2005 0       5       0       1         0       12       0       2      
2004 0       8       0       0         0       10       0       0      
2003 0       9       0       1         2       10       1       0      
2002 0       13       0       0         0       4       0       0      
2001 0       9       0       2         1       10       0       1      
2000 0       13       0       2         3       16       0       2