Lea County Report, 2009

Demographics

In 2009, there were 42,179 licensed drivers in Lea County. Of these, there were 20,577 females and 21,602 males. The population of Lea County was 60,232. The total number of crashes in 2009 was 1,259, yielding a crash rate of 21 per thousand people (total number of crashes 1,259 divided by total population 60,232 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 23 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 2007 to 2009 the number of crashes has shown a downward 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 269 people convicted of DWI in Lea County, 68 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 182 divided by the total number of people convicted 269 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles were the most common class, accounting for 60 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 38 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 34 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 71 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 12 fatal crashes in 2009. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Excessive speed.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 57 percent of drivers in crashes and 86 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 51 percent of licensed drivers in Lea County. 11 pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2009. In 2009, three "Teenagers" and no Young Adults were killed in crashes in Lea County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Lea County 21 percent (16 of 76) 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 Lea County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Lea County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Lea County, 2009 - 2007
Injury Level 2009 2008 2007
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 11        6        7        3        11        4       
 Incapacitating injury 37        7        43        3        55        6       
 Visible injury 131        5        102        3        90        2       
 Complaint of injury 314        0        323        1        336        1       
 Unhurt 2,100        1        2,596        5        2,807        5       
 Total 2,593        19        3,071        15        3,299        18       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Lea County, 2009
Convictions Since 2005 Since 1985
 1st   182             153          
 2nd   75             67          
 3rd   8             24          
 4th   3             16          
 5th   1             5          
 6th   0             2          
 7th   0             2          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   269             269          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2010 for
violations in 2009 in Lea County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.

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


Crashes in Lea County by Class, 2009
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 753       60         2       17         226       2       387      
Pedestrian 11       1         1       8         9       1       9      
Fixed object 184       15         1       8         36       1       40      
Veh. on other roadway 3       0         0       0         1       0       2      
Parked vehicle 99       8         0       0         13       0       16      
Overturn 103       8         8       67         58       9       92      
Other non-collision 27       2         0       0         7       0       7      
Pedalcyclist 4       0         0       0         3       0       3      
Animal 63       5         0       0         3       0       3      
Other object 12       1         0       0         3       0       3      
Total 1,259       100         12       100         359       13       562      


Crashes in Lea County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 838       38         5       31         249       4       239      
Pickup 744       34         5       31         209       5       157      
Semi 39       2         1       6         9       0       4      
Bus 7       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 36       2         1       6         26       1       34      
Pedalcyclist 5       0         0       0         3       0       3      
Pedestrian 11       0         1       6         9       1       9      
Van/4 WD 361       16         3       19         117       2       106      
Other 56       3         0       0         10       0       5      
Unknown 110       5         0       0         12       0       5      
Total 2,207       100         16       100         644       13       562      

Crashes in Lea County by Top Contributing Factor, 2009
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 88       7         3       25         38       4       60      
Red light running 104       8         0       0         46       0       88      
Failing to yield 220       17         1       8         71       1       119      
Excessive speed 132       10         5       42         42       5       61      
Driving left of center 32       3         0       0         10       0       14      
Following too close 133       11         0       0         36       0       52      
Improper turning 72       6         0       0         19       0       33      
Improper overtaking 12       1         0       0         3       0       3      
Mechanical defect 27       2         0       0         9       0       14      
Driver inattention 232       18         1       8         58       1       83      
Improper driving 24       2         0       0         5       0       8      
Other 183       15         2       17         22       2       27      
Total 1,259       100         12       100         359       13       562      


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


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






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


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

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


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Lea County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 175         1         53           114         0         30        
Pickup 101         1         27           91         0         30        
Semi 0         0         0           2         0         1        
Motorcycle 2         0         1           7         0         6        
Pedestrian 2         0         2           1         0         1        
Van/4 WD 42         2         10           38         0         14        
Other 1         0         0           2         0         1        
Unknown 5         0         2           7         0         3        
Total 328         4         95           262         0         86        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Lea 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       92       1       5         0       72       0       13      
2008 1       95       0       8         3       83       1       14      
2007 0       106       0       11         2       76       0       9      
2006 2       93       1       3         1       96       0       10      
2005 3       112       1       8         2       97       0       13      
2004 3       122       2       12         1       104       1       10      
2003 2       97       1       2         1       79       1       14      
2002 3       104       3       7         0       65       0       8      
2001 0       127       0       21         3       95       2       16      
2000 3       135       2       20         0       73       0       10