Lea County
Community Report, 2010



Demographics

In 2010, there were 43,045 licensed drivers in Lea County. Of these, there were 20,789 females and 22,256 males. The population of Lea County was 64,698. The total number of crashes in 2010 was 1,301, yielding a crash rate of 20 per thousand people (total number of crashes 1,301 divided by total population 64,698 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 21 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 2007 to 2009 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 increased since last year, while belt usage involving Incapacitating injuries has also increased. 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 257 people convicted of DWI in Lea County, 51 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 131 divided by the total number of people convicted 257 times 100).

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles were the most common class, accounting for 64 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Railroad trains, Overturns, Fixed objects and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 37 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 32 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 67 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The three most common top contributing factors were Other, Failing to yield and Driver inattention. There were 18 fatal crashes in 2010. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 59 percent of drivers in crashes and 72 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 52 percent of licensed drivers in Lea County. Nine pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2010. In 2010, five "Teenagers" and one Young Adult were killed in crashes in Lea County. Statewide 11 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Lea County 13 percent (12 of 92) 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 Lea County
by Alcohol Involvement, 2001-2010
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Lea County
by Alcohol Involvement, 2001-2010
  




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Lea County, 2010 - 2008
Injury Level 2010 2009 2008
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 14        5        11        6        7        3       
 Incapacitating injury 44        6        37        7        43        3       
 Visible injury 99        2        131        5        102        3       
 Complaint of injury 305        3        314        0        323        1       
 Unhurt 2,234        15        2,100        1        2,596        5       
 Total 2,696        31        2,593        19        3,071        15       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Lea County, 2010
Convictions Since 2006 Since 1986
 1st   166             131          
 2nd   75             75          
 3rd   13             35          
 4th   2             8          
 5th   0             5          
 6th   1             3          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   257             257          
   Convictions are counts of people convicted of DWI by 7/2011 for
violations in 2010 in Lea County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.





DWI Arrests in Lea County
Showing First Arrest and Repeat Offenders, 2006-2010
Crashes in Lea County
by Hour and Alcohol Involvement, 2010
  


Crashes in Lea County by Class, 2010
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 836       64         7       39         249       8       376      
Pedestrian 9       1         0       0         8       0       8      
Fixed object 149       11         3       17         29       3       37      
Veh. on other roadway 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 125       10         0       0         7       0       9      
Overturn 101       8         7       39         52       8       74      
Other non-collision 30       2         0       0         9       0       11      
Pedalcyclist 7       1         0       0         5       0       6      
Railroad train 1       0         1       6         0       1       0      
Animal 37       3         0       0         7       0       7      
Other object 5       0         0       0         1       0       1      
Total 1,301       100         18       100         367       20       529      


Crashes in Lea County by Vehicle Type, 2010
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 874       37         7       27         244       8       217      
Pickup 754       32         7       27         208       5       136      
Semi 75       3         3       12         25       0       13      
Bus 7       0         0       0         1       0       0      
Motorcycle 25       1         3       12         15       3       14      
Pedalcyclist 7       0         0       0         5       0       6      
Pedestrian 9       0         0       0         8       0       8      
Van/4 WD 423       18         4       15         133       2       114      
Other 78       3         2       8         25       2       16      
Unknown 115       5         0       0         12       0       5      
Total 2,367       100         26       100         676       20       529      





Crashes in Lea County by Top Contributing Factor, 2010
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 108       8         7       39         43       8       73      
Red light running 94       7         1       6         34       1       49      
Failing to yield 210       16         1       6         78       1       112      
Excessive speed 109       8         5       28         30       6       43      
Driving left of center 36       3         1       6         14       1       17      
Following too close 178       14         0       0         56       0       79      
Improper turning 69       5         0       0         13       0       18      
Improper overtaking 10       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Mechanical defect 33       3         0       0         5       0       12      
Driver inattention 195       15         2       11         48       2       63      
Improper driving 48       4         0       0         9       0       13      
Other 211       16         1       6         36       1       49      
Total 1,301       100         18       100         367       20       529      




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





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

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

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



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


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Lea County by Vehicle Type, 2010
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 152         2         48           142         1         43        
Pickup 95         1         26           78         1         27        
Semi 0         0         0           4         0         3        
Motorcycle 2         0         2           2         0         1        
Pedalcyclist 0         0         0           1         0         1        
Pedestrian 0         0         0           1         0         1        
Van/4 WD 51         0         15           45         0         20        
Other 4         0         2           3         0         2        
Unknown 5         0         1           10         0         4        
Total 309         3         94           286         2         102        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Lea County, 2001-2010
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2010 5       68       1       9         1       74       1       10      
2009 3       92       1       5         0       72       0       13      
2008 1       95       0       8         3       83       1       14      
2007 0       106       0       11         2       76       0       9      
2006 2       93       1       3         1       96       0       10      
2005 3       112       1       8         2       97       0       13      
2004 3       122       2       12         1       104       1       10      
2003 2       97       1       2         1       79       1       14      
2002 3       104       3       7         0       65       0       8      
2001 0       127       0       21         3       95       2       16