Rio Arriba County Report, 2009

Demographics

In 2009, there were 31,053 licensed drivers in Rio Arriba County. Of these, there were 15,827 females and 15,226 males. The population of Rio Arriba County was 40,678. The total number of crashes in 2009 was 599, yielding a crash rate of 15 per thousand people (total number of crashes 599 divided by total population 40,678 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 244 people convicted of DWI in Rio Arriba County, 65 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 159 divided by the total number of people convicted 244 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles were the most common class, accounting for 41 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 46 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 27 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 73 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The three most common top contributing factors were Other, Excessive speed and Alcohol involvement. There were 12 fatal crashes in 2009. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 63 percent of drivers in crashes and 74 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 49 percent of licensed drivers in Rio Arriba County. Four pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2009. In 2009, one "Teenager" and four Young Adults were killed in crashes in Rio Arriba County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Rio Arriba County 13 percent (11 of 84) 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 Rio Arriba County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Rio Arriba County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Rio Arriba County, 2009 - 2007
Injury Level 2009 2008 2007
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 10        9        8        5        10        9       
 Incapacitating injury 38        12        29        5        24        4       
 Visible injury 54        8        37        3        50        8       
 Complaint of injury 147        3        163        3        210        6       
 Unhurt 830        5        830        5        1,074        10       
 Total 1,079        37        1,067        21        1,368        37       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Rio Arriba County, 2009
Convictions Since 2005 Since 1985
 1st   159             102          
 2nd   59             68          
 3rd   20             36          
 4th   6             17          
 5th   0             14          
 6th   0             5          
 7th   0             1          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             1          
 Total   244             244          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2010 for
violations in 2009 in Rio Arriba County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.

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


Crashes in Rio Arriba County by Class, 2009
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 244       41         5       42         77       7       155      
Pedestrian 3       1         2       17         1       2       4      
Fixed object 115       19         3       25         27       3       35      
Veh. on other roadway 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 14       2         0       0         2       0       2      
Overturn 84       14         2       17         44       4       64      
Other non-collision 20       3         0       0         8       0       10      
Railroad train 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Animal 105       18         0       0         8       0       11      
Other object 12       2         0       0         4       0       5      
Total 599       100         12       100         171       16       286      


Crashes in Rio Arriba County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 401       46         9       47         123       6       144      
Pickup 237       27         3       16         65       4       70      
Semi 12       1         0       0         3       0       3      
Bus 4       0         0       0         1       0       1      
Motorcycle 19       2         4       21         10       4       13      
Pedestrian 4       0         2       11         1       2       1      
Van/4 WD 120       14         1       5         37       0       43      
Other 33       4         0       0         10       0       9      
Unknown 51       6         0       0         8       0       2      
Total 881       100         19       100         258       16       286      

Crashes in Rio Arriba County by Top Contributing Factor, 2009
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 94       16         8       67         42       12       78      
Red light running 8       1         0       0         2       0       7      
Failing to yield 41       7         1       8         14       1       32      
Excessive speed 110       18         2       17         39       2       66      
Driving left of center 16       3         1       8         5       1       11      
Following too close 47       8         0       0         15       0       29      
Improper turning 11       2         0       0         3       0       4      
Improper overtaking 6       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Mechanical defect 5       1         0       0         1       0       2      
Driver inattention 81       14         0       0         25       0       27      
Improper driving 11       2         0       0         3       0       4      
Other 169       28         0       0         21       0       25      
Total 599       100         12       100         171       16       286      


People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Rio Arriba County, 2009


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






Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Rio Arriba County, 2009




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

Pedestrians in Crashes in Rio Arriba County
by Pedestrian Alcohol Involvement
Pedestrians in Crashes in Rio Arriba County
by Age Group


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Rio Arriba County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 67         2         22           66         5         23        
Pickup 13         0         3           27         1         10        
Motorcycle 0         0         0           1         0         1        
Pedestrian 1         0         1           1         1         0        
Van/4 WD 6         0         2           10         0         4        
Other 1         0         0           4         0         1        
Unknown 0         0         0           2         0         0        
Total 88         2         28           111         7         39        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Rio Arriba County, 2000-2009
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2009 1       40       1       9         4       44       3       14      
2008 4       29       4       4         2       30       1       4      
2007 5       40       4       9         3       54       3       17      
2006 1       74       1       15         1       56       1       24      
2005 2       56       2       8         3       55       2       12      
2004 3       62       0       16         6       69       4       22      
2003 1       80       1       24         3       56       2       17      
2002 7       53       2       10         2       60       2       19      
2001 2       109       2       14         0       66       0       17      
2000 4       74       2       14         3       55       1       19