Otero County Report, 2009

Demographics

In 2009, there were 40,178 licensed drivers in Otero County. Of these, there were 20,004 females and 20,174 males. The population of Otero County was 63,201. The total number of crashes in 2009 was 1,104, yielding a crash rate of 17 per thousand people (total number of crashes 1,104 divided by total population 63,201 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 23 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 2006 to 2008 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 increased since last year, while belt usage involving Incapacitating injuries has also increased. 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 176 people convicted of DWI in Otero County, 70 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 124 divided by the total number of people convicted 176 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles were the most common class, accounting for 54 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 45 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 26 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 69 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 eight fatal crashes in 2009. The top contributing factors for the fatal crashes were Other and Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 54 percent of drivers in crashes and 73 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 50 percent of licensed drivers in Otero County. 21 pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2009. In 2009, no "Teenagers" and two Young Adults were killed in crashes in Otero County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Otero County 18 percent (10 of 56) 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 Otero County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Otero County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Otero County, 2009 - 2007
Injury Level 2009 2008 2007
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 2        1        4        2        6        3       
 Incapacitating injury 48        1        45        3        38        4       
 Visible injury 74        3        84        8        72        0       
 Complaint of injury 288        4        272        4        293        1       
 Unhurt 1,830        4        1,724        11        1,873        8       
 Total 2,242        13        2,129        28        2,282        16       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Otero County, 2009
Convictions Since 2005 Since 1985
 1st   124             100          
 2nd   41             43          
 3rd   7             19          
 4th   4             8          
 5th   0             2          
 6th   0             2          
 7th   0             1          
 8th   0             1          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   176             176          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2010 for
violations in 2009 in Otero County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.

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


Crashes in Otero County by Class, 2009
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 599       54         1       13         212       1       309      
Pedestrian 19       2         2       25         15       2       16      
Fixed object 180       16         2       25         55       2       65      
Veh. on other roadway 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 105       10         0       0         10       0       11      
Overturn 74       7         3       38         41       3       60      
Other non-collision 36       3         0       0         13       0       14      
Pedalcyclist 5       0         0       0         3       0       3      
Animal 70       6         0       0         6       0       6      
Other object 15       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Total 1,104       100         8       100         357       8       486      


Crashes in Otero County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 848       45         4       36         288       4       220      
Pickup 489       26         1       9         147       1       98      
Semi 23       1         3       27         8       0       1      
Bus 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 46       2         0       0         30       0       30      
Pedalcyclist 6       0         0       0         4       0       4      
Pedestrian 21       1         2       18         16       2       15      
Van/4 WD 347       18         1       9         112       1       104      
Other 38       2         0       0         14       0       8      
Unknown 69       4         0       0         9       0       6      
Total 1,888       100         11       100         628       8       486      

Crashes in Otero County by Top Contributing Factor, 2009
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 61       6         3       38         24       3       28      
Red light running 53       5         0       0         19       0       27      
Failing to yield 170       15         0       0         72       0       112      
Excessive speed 100       9         0       0         30       0       35      
Driving left of center 21       2         1       13         8       1       13      
Following too close 130       12         0       0         56       0       77      
Improper turning 45       4         0       0         12       0       17      
Improper overtaking 9       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Mechanical defect 18       2         0       0         4       0       5      
Driver inattention 296       27         0       0         88       0       120      
Improper driving 17       2         1       13         6       1       6      
Other 184       17         3       38         36       3       44      
Total 1,104       100         8       100         357       8       486      


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


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






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





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

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


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Otero County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 151         0         57           128         1         48        
Pickup 51         0         20           67         0         28        
Semi 0         0         0           1         0         1        
Motorcycle 1         0         0           6         0         3        
Pedalcyclist 1         0         0           0         0         0        
Pedestrian 3         0         3           1         0         1        
Van/4 WD 34         0         13           28         1         13        
Other 1         0         1           4         0         1        
Unknown 2         0         0           2         0         1        
Total 244         0         94           237         2         96        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Otero 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       71       0       1         2       71       2       8      
2008 0       75       0       5         1       56       0       5      
2007 1       69       1       4         2       46       1       10      
2006 1       109       1       4         2       73       1       10      
2005 0       105       0       8         2       72       0       10      
2004 0       115       0       7         0       67       0       6      
2003 2       112       0       3         2       81       1       12      
2002 0       106       0       1         4       78       3       16      
2001 1       116       0       7         1       83       0       6      
2000 0       115       0       15         1       77       1       18