Ruidoso Community Report, 2009

Demographics

In 2009, there were 7,545 licensed drivers in Ruidoso. Of these, there were 3,819 females and 3,726 males. The population of Ruidoso was 9,262. The total number of crashes in 2009 was 227, yielding a crash rate of 25 per thousand people (total number of crashes 227 divided by total population 9,262 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 not changed since last year. There were no fatalities in the 7 intersections with the most crashes in 2009. Of these intersections, five involved Sudderth Dr.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 34 people convicted of DWI in Ruidoso, 71 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 24 divided by the total number of people convicted 34 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles were the most common class, accounting for 53 percent of all crashes. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 39 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 26 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 58 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The three most common top contributing factors were Driver inattention, Other and Excessive speed. There were no fatal crashes in 2009.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 56 percent of drivers in crashes and 91 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 49 percent of licensed drivers in Ruidoso. Two pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2009. In 2009, no "Teenagers" or Young Adults were killed in crashes in Ruidoso. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Ruidoso 9 percent (1 of 11) 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 Ruidoso
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Ruidoso
by Alcohol Involvement
   






Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Ruidoso, 2009 - 2007
Injury Level 2009 2008 2007
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 0        0        0        0        0        0       
 Incapacitating injury 7        0        0        0        8        1       
 Visible injury 11        1        10        0        26        1       
 Complaint of injury 25        0        48        0        47        2       
 Unhurt 358        23        285        5        451        12       
 Total 401        24        343        5        532        16       


The Seven Intersections in Ruidoso with the Most Crashes, 2009
Intersection Crashes People
Total Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Buckner Dr and Mechem Dr NM 48 4         0         1         0         1        
Carrizo Canyon Rd and Sudderth Dr 6         0         4         0         5        
Gavilan Canyon Rd and Warrior Dr 4         0         1         0         1        
Paradise Canyon Dr and Sudderth Dr 6         0         1         0         1        
Sudderth Dr and Sutton Dr 6         0         2         0         2        
Sudderth Dr and Thomas B Rd 5         0         3         0         5        
Sudderth Dr and US 70 9         0         2         0         2        



Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Ruidoso, 2009
Convictions Since 2005 Since 1985
 1st   24             16          
 2nd   7             9          
 3rd   3             4          
 4th   0             2          
 5th   0             2          
 6th   0             0          
 7th   0             1          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   34             34          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2010 for
violations in 2009 in Ruidoso.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.


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


Crashes in Ruidoso by Class, 2009
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 120       53         0       0         29       0       34      
Pedestrian 2       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Fixed object 58       26         0       0         13       0       17      
Parked vehicle 11       5         0       0         0       0       0      
Overturn 9       4         0       0         4       0       5      
Other non-collision 2       1         0       0         1       0       2      
Pedalcyclist 1       0         0       0         1       0       2      
Animal 18       8         0       0         2       0       2      
Other object 6       3         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 227       100         0       0         51       0       63      







Crashes in Ruidoso by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 142       39         0       0         28       0       24      
Pickup 94       26         0       0         21       0       10      
Semi 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 13       4         0       0         8       0       11      
Pedalcyclist 1       0         0       0         1       0       2      
Pedestrian 2       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Van/4 WD 76       21         0       0         19       0       11      
Other 8       2         0       0         0       0       0      
Unknown 31       8         0       0         6       0       4      
Total 368       100         0       0         84       0       63      






Crashes in Ruidoso by Top Contributing Factor, 2009
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 13       6         0       0         5       0       6      
Red light running 8       4         0       0         2       0       4      
Failing to yield 33       15         0       0         13       0       16      
Excessive speed 43       19         0       0         14       0       15      
Driving left of center 4       2         0       0         0       0       0      
Following too close 21       9         0       0         3       0       4      
Improper turning 4       2         0       0         1       0       1      
Improper overtaking 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Mechanical defect 5       2         0       0         1       0       2      
Driver inattention 51       22         0       0         4       0       5      
Improper driving 2       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Other 42       19         0       0         8       0       10      
Total 227       100         0       0         51       0       63      







People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Ruidoso, 2009






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








Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Ruidoso, 2009






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





Pedestrians in Crashes in Ruidoso
by Pedestrian Alcohol Involvement
Pedestrians in Crashes in Ruidoso
by Age Group
   


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Ruidoso by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 26         0         4           13         0         1        
Pickup 10         0         0           17         0         7        
Motorcycle 3         0         2           1         0         1        
Van/4 WD 6         0         2           11         0         3        
Other 1         0         0           1         0         0        
Unknown 2         0         1           2         0         0        
Total 48         0         9           45         0         12        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Ruidoso, 2000-2009
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2009 0       9       0       0         0       7       0       0      
2008 0       11       0       0         0       9       0       1      
2007 0       15       0       2         0       12       0       2      
2006 0       19       0       3         0       10       0       2      
2005 0       22       0       1         0       12       0       0      
2004 1       20       0       0         1       15       0       2      
2003 0       20       0       2         0       12       0       4      
2002 0       17       0       3         0       7       0       0      
2001 0       20       0       0         0       9       0       3      
2000 0       22       0       2         0       17       0       5