Luna County Report, 2009

Demographics

In 2009, there were 18,910 licensed drivers in Luna County. Of these, there were 9,077 females and 9,833 males. The population of Luna County was 27,044. The total number of crashes in 2009 was 453, yielding a crash rate of 17 per thousand people (total number of crashes 453 divided by total population 27,044 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 not changed. 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 130 people convicted of DWI in Luna County, 72 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 93 divided by the total number of people convicted 130 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles were the most common class, accounting for 52 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Animals, Pedalcyclists, Overturns and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 41 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 28 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, Other and Failing to yield. There were seven fatal crashes in 2009. The top contributing factors for the fatal crashes were Excessive speed and Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 58 percent of drivers in crashes and 56 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 52 percent of licensed drivers in Luna County. Five pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2009. In 2009, two "Teenagers" and two Young Adults were killed in crashes in Luna County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Luna County 32 percent (8 of 25) 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 Luna County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Luna County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Luna County, 2009 - 2007
Injury Level 2009 2008 2007
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
  0 0        0        0        0        0        0       
 Killed 6        3        10        2        14        5       
 Incapacitating injury 33        0        19        0        30        3       
 Visible injury 48        3        71        4        63        3       
 Complaint of injury 82        2        86        0        85        2       
 Unhurt 726        7        703        1        765        2       
 Total 895        15        889        7        957        15       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Luna County, 2009
Convictions Since 2005 Since 1985
 1st   93             66          
 2nd   31             36          
 3rd   4             16          
 4th   2             7          
 5th   0             3          
 6th   0             0          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             2          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   130             130          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2010 for
violations in 2009 in Luna County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.

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


Crashes in Luna County by Class, 2009
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 235       52         1       14         59       1       104      
Pedestrian 5       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Fixed object 62       14         0       0         20       0       26      
Veh. on other roadway 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 32       7         0       0         3       0       3      
Overturn 59       13         4       57         32       5       47      
Other non-collision 16       4         0       0         2       0       3      
Pedalcyclist 2       0         1       14         0       1       0      
Railroad train 1       0         0       0         1       0       1      
Animal 23       5         1       14         2       1       2      
Other object 17       4         0       0         2       0       2      
Total 453       100         7       100         123       8       190      


Crashes in Luna County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 307       41         1       11         80       0       83      
Pickup 213       28         4       44         52       3       44      
Semi 22       3         0       0         8       0       4      
Motorcycle 15       2         1       11         13       1       14      
Pedalcyclist 2       0         1       11         0       1       0      
Pedestrian 5       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Van/4 WD 103       14         2       22         33       3       38      
Other 42       6         0       0         6       0       4      
Unknown 39       5         0       0         1       0       1      
Total 748       100         9       100         195       8       190      

Crashes in Luna County by Top Contributing Factor, 2009
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 27       6         2       29         12       3       17      
Red light running 25       6         1       14         12       1       16      
Failing to yield 66       15         0       0         18       0       29      
Excessive speed 29       6         2       29         9       2       12      
Driving left of center 13       3         0       0         6       0       12      
Following too close 24       5         0       0         6       0       15      
Improper turning 9       2         0       0         1       0       1      
Improper overtaking 6       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Inop. traffic control 2       0         0       0         1       0       1      
Mechanical defect 20       4         0       0         6       0       11      
Driver inattention 130       29         1       14         37       1       55      
Improper driving 10       2         1       14         1       1       6      
Other 92       20         0       0         12       0       13      
Total 453       100         7       100         123       8       190      




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


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


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


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

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


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Luna County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 48         1         12           45         0         12        
Pickup 30         1         11           16         0         2        
Semi 0         0         0           2         0         1        
Motorcycle 4         0         3           2         1         1        
Pedestrian 0         0         0           1         0         0        
Van/4 WD 7         1         2           8         0         5        
Other 1         0         0           4         0         0        
Unknown 2         0         0           3         0         0        
Total 92         3         28           81         1         21        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Luna County, 2000-2009
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2009 2       25       1       5         2       20       1       4      
2008 0       26       0       1         3       20       2       0      
2007 5       30       2       6         1       27       0       7      
2006 2       21       0       0         1       29       0       1      
2005 1       27       0       1         3       27       0       1      
2004 0       27       0       2         0       23       0       1      
2003 0       50       0       4         3       37       0       3      
2002 2       50       0       5         0       35       0       9      
2001 1       43       0       6         2       38       0       8      
2000 0       39       0       2         0       36       0       8