Las Cruces Community Report, 2009

Demographics

In 2009, there were 90,274 licensed drivers in Las Cruces. Of these, there were 46,130 females and 44,144 males. The population of Las Cruces was 93,570. The total number of crashes in 2009 was 3,200, yielding a crash rate of 34 per thousand people (total number of crashes 3,200 divided by total population 93,570 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 shown a downward trend from 2006 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. There were no fatalities in the 7 intersections with the most crashes in 2009. Of these intersections, three involved Lohman Ave and Main St.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 328 people convicted of DWI in Las Cruces, 73 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 239 divided by the total number of people convicted 328 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles were the most common class, accounting for 78 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Overturns, Fixed objects and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 52 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 22 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 73 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The most common top contributing factors were Driver inattention, Failing to yield and Other. There were seven fatal crashes in 2009. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 50 percent of drivers in crashes and 74 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 49 percent of licensed drivers in Las Cruces. 26 pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2009. In 2009, one "Teenager" and no Young Adults were killed in crashes in Las Cruces. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Las Cruces 15 percent (22 of 142) 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 Las Cruces
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Las Cruces
by Alcohol Involvement
   




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Las Cruces, 2009 - 2007
Injury Level 2009 2008 2007
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 8        2        1        0        1        0       
 Incapacitating injury 68        1        81        1        78        2       
 Visible injury 214        8        213        4        224        4       
 Complaint of injury 917        2        1,022        1        1,086        0       
 Unhurt 6,153        7        5,837        8        6,733        4       
 Total 7,360        20        7,154        14        8,122        10       




The Seven Intersections in Las Cruces with the Most Crashes, 2009
Intersection Crashes People
Total Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Elks Dr and Main St 42         0         12         0         16        
Lohman Ave and Telshor Blvd 52         0         10         0         13        
Lohman Ave and Walnut St 30         0         15         0         24        
Lohman Ave and Walton Blvd 37         0         7         0         8        
Main St and Picacho Ave 33         0         6         0         11        
Main St and Solano Dr 62         0         24         0         38        
Triviz Dr and University Ave 30         0         12         0         14        



Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Las Cruces, 2009
Convictions Since 2005 Since 1985
 1st   239             200          
 2nd   62             70          
 3rd   20             29          
 4th   7             20          
 5th   0             5          
 6th   0             0          
 7th   0             4          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   328             328          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2010 for
violations in 2009 in Las Cruces.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.


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


Crashes in Las Cruces by Class, 2009
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 2,492       78         3       43         798       4       1,156      
Pedestrian 24       1         0       0         22       0       24      
Fixed object 268       8         3       43         67       3       89      
Veh. on other roadway 3       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 253       8         0       0         16       0       18      
Overturn 57       2         1       14         38       1       47      
Other non-collision 51       2         0       0         19       0       20      
Pedalcyclist 29       1         0       0         27       0       30      
Animal 5       0         0       0         1       0       3      
Other object 18       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Total 3,200       100         7       100         989       8       1,388      





Crashes in Las Cruces by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 3,274       52         4       40         1,026       4       717      
Pickup 1,411       22         2       20         447       0       252      
Semi 38       1         1       10         6       0       1      
Bus 11       0         0       0         3       0       2      
Motorcycle 113       2         0       0         92       0       98      
Pedalcyclist 31       0         0       0         29       0       30      
Pedestrian 26       0         0       0         24       0       22      
Van/4 WD 988       16         3       30         339       4       246      
Other 76       1         0       0         14       0       7      
Unknown 342       5         0       0         36       0       13      
Total 6,310       100         10       100         2,016       8       1,388      






Crashes in Las Cruces by Top Contributing Factor, 2009
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 156       5         3       43         77       3       106      
Red light running 158       5         0       0         77       0       111      
Failing to yield 457       14         0       0         158       0       238      
Excessive speed 255       8         2       29         102       3       148      
Driving left of center 26       1         0       0         11       0       15      
Following too close 262       8         0       0         79       0       107      
Improper turning 121       4         0       0         20       0       35      
Improper overtaking 27       1         0       0         5       0       6      
Inop. traffic control 2       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Mechanical defect 43       1         0       0         12       0       17      
Driver inattention 1,244       39         1       14         340       1       459      
Improper driving 85       3         0       0         24       0       35      
Other 364       11         1       14         84       1       111      
Total 3,200       100         7       100         989       8       1,388      







People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Las Cruces, 2009




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







Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Las Cruces, 2009




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



Pedestrians in Crashes in Las Cruces
by Pedestrian Alcohol Involvement
Pedestrians in Crashes in Las Cruces
by Age Group
   


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Las Cruces by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 539         1         181           646         0         201        
Pickup 192         0         66           231         2         66        
Semi 0         0         0           1         0         0        
Motorcycle 13         0         13           30         0         25        
Pedalcyclist 6         0         5           4         0         4        
Pedestrian 3         0         3           1         0         1        
Van/4 WD 91         0         28           119         0         44        
Other 4         0         2           10         0         3        
Unknown 6         0         1           13         0         4        
Total 854         1         299           1,055         2         348        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Las Cruces, 2000-2009
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2009 1       188       0       14         0       224       0       27      
2008 0       220       0       15         0       250       0       26      
2007 1       244       0       8         1       251       0       21      
2006 0       256       0       11         1       223       0       22      
2005 0       217       0       8         2       218       0       33      
2004 1       293       1       24         0       288       0       37      
2003 2       275       1       18         2       253       2       25      
2002 2       303       1       32         1       253       1       32      
2001 0       309       0       20         2       234       1       28      
2000 0       369       0       22         0       315       0       28