Socorro Community Report, 2009

Demographics

In 2009, there were 7,127 licensed drivers in Socorro. Of these, there were 3,429 females and 3,698 males. The population of Socorro was 8,924. The total number of crashes in 2009 was 174, yielding a crash rate of 19 per thousand people (total number of crashes 174 divided by total population 8,924 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 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 decreased since last year, while belt usage involving Incapacitating injuries has also decreased. 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, six involved California St.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 51 people convicted of DWI in Socorro, 69 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 35 divided by the total number of people convicted 51 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles were the most common class, accounting for 59 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Overturns and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 47 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 23 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 65 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The most common top contributing factors were Failing to yield, Driver inattention and Following too close. There were two fatal crashes in 2009. The top contributing factors for the fatal crashes were Excessive speed and Failing to yield.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 58 percent of drivers in crashes and 71 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 52 percent of licensed drivers in Socorro. Three pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2009. In 2009, no "Teenagers" and two Young Adults were killed in crashes in Socorro. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Socorro 21 percent (3 of 14) 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
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Socorro
by Alcohol Involvement
   




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Socorro, 2009 - 2007
Injury Level 2009 2008 2007
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 1        0        0        0        0        0       
 Incapacitating injury 9        1        5        0        2        0       
 Visible injury 10        3        8        0        7        0       
 Complaint of injury 25        1        25        1        20        1       
 Unhurt 239        5        281        0        240        0       
 Total 284        10        319        1        269        1       




The Seven Intersections in Socorro with the Most Crashes, 2009
Intersection Crashes People
Total Fatal Injury Killed Injured
6th St and California St 8         0         3         0         3        
6th St and Otero Ave 3         0         0         0         0        
Abeyta St and California St 3         0         1         0         1        
Bullock Blvd and California St 3         0         2         0         3        
California St and College Ave 6         0         1         0         1        
California St and Manzanares Ave 6         0         1         0         1        
California St and Otero Ave 8         0         1         0         1        



Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Socorro, 2009
Convictions Since 2005 Since 1985
 1st   35             20          
 2nd   10             13          
 3rd   4             8          
 4th   2             7          
 5th   0             2          
 6th   0             1          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   51             51          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2010 for
violations in 2009 in Socorro.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.


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


Crashes in Socorro by Class, 2009
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 102       59         1       50         24       1       40      
Pedestrian 3       2         0       0         2       0       2      
Fixed object 24       14         0       0         3       0       3      
Veh. on other roadway 1       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 19       11         0       0         1       0       1      
Overturn 11       6         1       50         6       1       7      
Other non-collision 2       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Pedalcyclist 6       3         0       0         4       0       4      
Animal 3       2         0       0         0       0       0      
Other object 3       2         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 174       100         2       100         41       2       58      








Crashes in Socorro by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 148       47         1       33         35       0       26      
Pickup 74       23         1       33         15       1       8      
Semi 3       1         0       0         1       0       0      
Motorcycle 2       1         1       33         1       1       1      
Pedalcyclist 6       2         0       0         4       0       4      
Pedestrian 3       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Van/4 WD 46       15         0       0         14       0       11      
Other 11       3         0       0         4       0       6      
Unknown 22       7         0       0         1       0       0      
Total 315       100         3       100         77       2       58      





Crashes in Socorro by Top Contributing Factor, 2009
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 17       10         0       0         5       0       7      
Red light running 11       6         0       0         3       0       5      
Failing to yield 32       18         1       50         9       1       14      
Excessive speed 12       7         1       50         2       1       2      
Driving left of center 4       2         0       0         2       0       6      
Following too close 26       15         0       0         6       0       10      
Improper turning 7       4         0       0         1       0       1      
Improper overtaking 3       2         0       0         1       0       1      
Mechanical defect 5       3         0       0         1       0       1      
Driver inattention 28       16         0       0         5       0       5      
Improper driving 5       3         0       0         1       0       1      
Other 24       14         0       0         5       0       5      
Total 174       100         2       100         41       2       58      








People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Socorro, 2009







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








Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Socorro, 2009






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



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


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Socorro by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 27         0         10           25         0         4        
Pickup 8         0         2           6         1         2        
Motorcycle 0         0         0           1         1         0        
Van/4 WD 4         0         2           3         0         3        
Other 1         0         0           1         0         0        
Unknown 1         0         0           0         0         0        
Total 41         0         14           36         2         9        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Socorro, 2000-2009
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2009 0       8       0       1         2       10       0       2      
2008 0       11       0       1         1       6       1       0      
2007 0       7       0       1         0       2       0       1      
2006 0       4       0       1         0       3       0       1      
2005 0       13       0       2         1       9       1       3      
2004 0       10       0       0         0       5       0       0      
2003 0       9       0       3         1       4       0       1      
2002 0       18       0       3         2       10       0       4      
2001 0       4       0       0         0       6       0       0      
2000 0       10       0       0         0       3       0       0