Socorro County Report, 2009

Demographics

In 2009, there were 12,255 licensed drivers in Socorro County. Of these, there were 5,824 females and 6,431 males. The population of Socorro County was 18,092. The total number of crashes in 2009 was 351, yielding a crash rate of 19 per thousand people (total number of crashes 351 divided by total population 18,092 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 23 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 2006 to 2009 the number of crashes has shown an upward trend. Fatal and injury crashes have also shown an upward trend from 2006 to 2009. Belt usage (as a percentage) involving Visible injuries has increased since last year, while belt usage involving Incapacitating injuries has decreased. Belt usage (as a percentage) involving Fatalities has increased since last year.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 113 people convicted of DWI in Socorro County, 73 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 83 divided by the total number of people convicted 113 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles were the most common class, accounting for 37 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Pedalcyclists, Overturns and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 43 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 25 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 Other, Driver inattention and Excessive speed. There were 10 fatal crashes in 2009. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Driver inattention.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 61 percent of drivers in crashes and 78 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 52 percent of licensed drivers in Socorro County. Three pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2009. In 2009, no "Teenagers" and three Young Adults were killed in crashes in Socorro County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Socorro County 15 percent (4 of 27) 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 Socorro County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Socorro County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Socorro County, 2009 - 2007
Injury Level 2009 2008 2007
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 8        4        9        6        7        1       
 Incapacitating injury 25        6        21        1        14        0       
 Visible injury 74        7        42        5        37        1       
 Complaint of injury 51        1        50        2        43        1       
 Unhurt 370        7        428        0        440        2       
 Total 528        25        550        14        541        5       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Socorro County, 2009
Convictions Since 2005 Since 1985
 1st   83             54          
 2nd   22             29          
 3rd   5             14          
 4th   3             11          
 5th   0             4          
 6th   0             1          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   113             113          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2010 for
violations in 2009 in Socorro County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.

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


Crashes in Socorro County by Class, 2009
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 131       37         1       10         31       1       60      
Pedestrian 3       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Fixed object 55       16         0       0         12       0       18      
Veh. on other roadway 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 22       6         0       0         3       0       3      
Overturn 77       22         8       80         47       8       87      
Other non-collision 19       5         0       0         3       0       3      
Pedalcyclist 9       3         1       10         6       1       7      
Animal 22       6         0       0         3       0       4      
Other object 12       3         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 351       100         10       100         107       10       184      


Crashes in Socorro County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 230       43         3       25         72       2       83      
Pickup 130       25         3       25         34       3       44      
Semi 15       3         0       0         5       0       1      
Motorcycle 5       1         1       8         4       1       3      
Pedalcyclist 9       2         1       8         6       1       6      
Pedestrian 3       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Van/4 WD 80       15         4       33         24       3       34      
Other 19       4         0       0         5       0       7      
Unknown 39       7         0       0         5       0       4      
Total 530       100         12       100         157       10       184      

Crashes in Socorro County by Top Contributing Factor, 2009
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 31       9         0       0         15       0       19      
Red light running 12       3         0       0         3       0       5      
Failing to yield 35       10         1       10         9       1       14      
Excessive speed 38       11         1       10         14       1       23      
Driving left of center 15       4         2       20         8       2       19      
Following too close 28       8         0       0         7       0       14      
Improper turning 9       3         0       0         2       0       2      
Improper overtaking 4       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Mechanical defect 13       4         1       10         6       1       14      
Driver inattention 70       20         4       40         21       4       40      
Improper driving 8       2         0       0         1       0       1      
Other 88       25         1       10         19       1       31      
Total 351       100         10       100         107       10       184      


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


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







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





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

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


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Socorro County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 44         0         21           41         0         10        
Pickup 16         0         5           12         1         5        
Motorcycle 2         0         2           1         1         0        
Van/4 WD 6         0         4           5         2         3        
Other 1         0         0           2         0         0        
Unknown 1         0         0           1         0         0        
Total 70         0         32           62         4         18        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Socorro 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       36       0       3         3       23       0       6      
2008 1       27       0       3         1       24       1       2      
2007 0       18       0       1         4       12       2       3      
2006 1       8       0       1         0       7       0       1      
2005 1       25       0       3         4       19       2       4      
2004 1       22       0       0         1       21       1       2      
2003 0       26       0       9         4       13       2       6      
2002 1       33       0       5         2       28       0       5      
2001 0       28       0       6         1       29       0       6      
2000 0       42       0       2         2       32       1       2