Hidalgo County
Community Report, 2010



Demographics

In 2010, there were 3,508 licensed drivers in Hidalgo County. Of these, there were 1,669 females and 1,839 males. The population of Hidalgo County was 4,854. The total number of crashes in 2010 was 111, yielding a crash rate of 23 per thousand people (total number of crashes 111 divided by total population 4,854 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 an upward trend. Fatal and injury crashes have shown no trend from 2001 to 2010. Belt usage (as a percentage) involving Visible injuries has increased since last year, while belt usage involving Incapacitating injuries has also increased. 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 32 people convicted of DWI in Hidalgo County, 47 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 15 divided by the total number of people convicted 32 times 100).

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Overturns were the most common class, accounting for 27 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Overturns and Fixed objects resulted in fatalities. Pickups were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 33 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Passenger cars accounted for 31 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 65 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The three most common top contributing factors were Driver inattention, Other and Excessive speed. There were four fatal crashes in 2010. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Excessive speed.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 67 percent of drivers in crashes and 100 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 52 percent of licensed drivers in Hidalgo County. One pedestrian was involved in a crash in 2010. In 2010, no "Teenagers" or Young Adults were killed in crashes in Hidalgo County. Statewide 11 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Hidalgo County 33 percent (1 of 3) 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 Hidalgo County
by Alcohol Involvement, 2001-2010
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Hidalgo County
by Alcohol Involvement, 2001-2010
  




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Hidalgo County, 2010 - 2008
Injury Level 2010 2009 2008
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 3        3        3        1        3        1       
 Incapacitating injury 8        1        3        2        8        4       
 Visible injury 22        0        17        1        15        0       
 Complaint of injury 36        1        17        1        19        0       
 Unhurt 129        4        94        2        88        0       
 Total 198        9        134        7        133        5       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Hidalgo County, 2010
Convictions Since 2006 Since 1986
 1st   24             15          
 2nd   6             9          
 3rd   2             7          
 4th   0             0          
 5th   0             1          
 6th   0             0          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   32             32          
   Convictions are counts of people convicted of DWI by 7/2011 for
violations in 2010 in Hidalgo County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.





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


Crashes in Hidalgo County by Class, 2010
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 26       23         0       0         13       0       22      
Fixed object 23       21         1       25         6       1       10      
Veh. on other roadway 1       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 5       5         0       0         1       0       1      
Overturn 30       27         3       75         21       3       43      
Other non-collision 7       6         0       0         2       0       4      
Animal 14       13         0       0         2       0       2      
Other object 5       5         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 111       100         4       100         45       4       82      


Crashes in Hidalgo County by Vehicle Type, 2010
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 47       31         0       0         20       0       28      
Pickup 49       33         1       25         20       1       24      
Semi 18       12         1       25         7       1       6      
Motorcycle 2       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Pedestrian 1       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Van/4 WD 26       17         2       50         9       2       17      
Other 6       4         0       0         2       0       4      
Unknown 1       1         0       0         1       0       0      
Total 150       100         4       100         62       4       82      





Crashes in Hidalgo County by Top Contributing Factor, 2010
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 3       3         0       0         1       0       1      
Red light running 2       2         0       0         0       0       0      
Failing to yield 5       5         0       0         1       0       2      
Excessive speed 19       17         2       50         11       2       18      
Driving left of center 3       3         1       25         0       1       2      
Following too close 4       4         0       0         3       0       4      
Improper turning 1       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Improper overtaking 1       1         0       0         1       0       3      
Mechanical defect 13       12         0       0         6       0       12      
Driver inattention 34       31         1       25         14       1       25      
Improper driving 3       3         0       0         2       0       4      
Other 23       21         0       0         6       0       11      
Total 111       100         4       100         45       4       82      




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





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

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

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



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


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Hidalgo County by Vehicle Type, 2010
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 9         0         3           9         0         3        
Pickup 3         0         1           3         0         3        
Van/4 WD 1         0         0           3         0         1        
Other 0         0         0           1         0         0        
Total 13         0         4           16         0         7        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Hidalgo County, 2001-2010
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2010 0       3       0       0         0       10       0       0      
2009 0       6       0       0         0       2       0       0      
2008 1       10       0       0         0       9       0       0      
2007 0       14       0       1         2       11       0       2      
2006 0       13       0       0         0       8       0       0      
2005 0       5       0       1         0       12       0       2      
2004 0       8       0       0         0       10       0       0      
2003 0       9       0       1         2       10       1       0      
2002 0       13       0       0         0       4       0       0      
2001 0       9       0       2         1       10       0       1