Chaves County
Community Report, 2010



Demographics

In 2010, there were 43,816 licensed drivers in Chaves County. Of these, there were 21,870 females and 21,946 males. The population of Chaves County was 65,779. The total number of crashes in 2010 was 1,415, yielding a crash rate of 22 per thousand people (total number of crashes 1,415 divided by total population 65,779 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 21 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 2008 to 2010 the number of crashes has shown a downward trend. Fatal and injury crashes have shown no trend from 2001 to 2010. 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 increased since last year.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 242 people convicted of DWI in Chaves County, 63 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 152 divided by the total number of people convicted 242 times 100).

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles were the most common class, accounting for 61 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Pedalcyclists, Overturns, Fixed objects and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 51 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 23 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 Driver inattention, Other and Following too close. There were 15 fatal crashes in 2010. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Failing to yield.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 54 percent of drivers in crashes and 83 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 50 percent of licensed drivers in Chaves County. 10 pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2010. In 2010, one "Teenager" and two Young Adults were killed in crashes in Chaves County. Statewide 11 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Chaves County 12 percent (8 of 65) 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 county population data is from the most current 2010 census counts.
  • 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 Chaves County
by Alcohol Involvement, 2001-2010
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Chaves County
by Alcohol Involvement, 2001-2010
  




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Chaves County, 2010 - 2008
Injury Level 2010 2009 2008
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 15        3        7        3        7        2       
 Incapacitating injury 40        5        22        1        31        1       
 Visible injury 103        6        123        5        124        5       
 Complaint of injury 327        0        337        0        356        2       
 Unhurt 2,593        5        2,473        2        2,795        0       
 Total 3,078        19        2,962        11        3,313        10       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Chaves County, 2010
Convictions Since 2006 Since 1986
 1st   192             152          
 2nd   40             59          
 3rd   10             23          
 4th   0             5          
 5th   0             0          
 6th   0             2          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             1          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   242             242          
   Convictions are counts of people convicted of DWI by 7/2011 for
violations in 2010 in Chaves County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.





DWI Arrests in Chaves County
Showing First Arrest and Repeat Offenders, 2005-2010
Crashes in Chaves County
by Hour and Alcohol Involvement, 2010
  


Crashes in Chaves County by Class, 2010
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 868       61         8       53         244       11       398      
Pedestrian 9       1         0       0         7       0       8      
Fixed object 180       13         1       7         39       1       46      
Veh. on other roadway 2       0         0       0         1       0       1      
Parked vehicle 198       14         0       0         8       0       9      
Overturn 71       5         5       33         37       5       63      
Other non-collision 12       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Pedalcyclist 8       1         1       7         6       1       6      
Animal 58       4         0       0         3       0       4      
Other object 9       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 1,415       100         15       100         347       18       537      


Crashes in Chaves County by Vehicle Type, 2010
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 1,308       51         8       32         314       6       274      
Pickup 598       23         10       40         152       7       103      
Semi 35       1         1       4         11       0       4      
Bus 8       0         0       0         1       0       1      
Motorcycle 37       1         1       4         29       1       31      
Pedalcyclist 8       0         1       4         6       1       6      
Pedestrian 10       0         0       0         8       0       7      
Van/4 WD 390       15         4       16         103       3       106      
Other 42       2         0       0         7       0       3      
Unknown 127       5         0       0         7       0       2      
Total 2,563       100         25       100         638       18       537      





Crashes in Chaves County by Top Contributing Factor, 2010
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 84       6         2       13         36       2       60      
Red light running 117       8         2       13         50       2       84      
Failing to yield 183       13         4       27         67       5       111      
Excessive speed 100       7         2       13         30       2       40      
Driving left of center 39       3         3       20         12       5       24      
Following too close 213       15         0       0         49       0       72      
Improper turning 54       4         1       7         12       1       18      
Improper overtaking 9       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Inop. traffic control 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Mechanical defect 23       2         0       0         7       0       14      
Driver inattention 354       25         0       0         66       0       92      
Improper driving 17       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Other 221       16         1       7         18       1       22      
Total 1,415       100         15       100         347       18       537      




Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Chaves County, 2010





People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Chaves County, 2010

Drivers in Alcohol-Involved Crashes by Age and Sex in Chaves County, 2010

People in Alcohol-Involved Crashes by Age and Sex in Chaves County, 2010



Pedestrians in Crashes in Chaves County
by Pedestrian Alcohol Involvement, 2006-2010
Pedestrians in Crashes in Chaves County
by Age Group, 2006-2010
  


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Chaves County by Vehicle Type, 2010
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 191         2         42           179         0         54        
Pickup 60         1         18           56         2         17        
Semi 0         0         0           3         0         3        
Motorcycle 6         0         5           2         0         2        
Pedalcyclist 1         0         1           0         0         0        
Pedestrian 0         0         0           1         0         1        
Van/4 WD 28         0         4           34         0         10        
Other 3         0         1           6         0         2        
Unknown 4         0         0           2         0         0        
Total 293         3         71           283         2         89        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Chaves County, 2001-2010
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2010 1       70       0       1         2       72       0       8      
2009 3       89       1       5         1       56       0       15      
2008 3       93       1       6         1       75       1       24      
2007 2       105       0       9         0       81       0       4      
2006 1       115       0       18         1       80       0       13      
2005 1       123       0       10         1       87       1       13      
2004 4       126       3       14         0       113       0       6      
2003 1       108       0       9         1       87       1       11      
2002 1       128       0       11         2       99       1       19      
2001 4       116       1       12         0       87       0       14