Otero County
Community Report, 2010



Demographics

In 2010, there were 40,038 licensed drivers in Otero County. Of these, there were 19,964 females and 20,074 males. The population of Otero County was 64,284. The total number of crashes in 2010 was 1,101, yielding a crash rate of 17 per thousand people (total number of crashes 1,101 divided by total population 64,284 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 21 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 2001 to 2010 the number of crashes has shown no trend. Fatal and injury crashes have shown an upward trend from 2007 to 2010. 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 decreased since last year.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 161 people convicted of DWI in Otero County, 53 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 86 divided by the total number of people convicted 161 times 100).

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles were the most common class, accounting for 56 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Other non-collisions, Overturns, Fixed objects, Pedestrians and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 46 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 Driver inattention, Failing to yield and Other. There were 12 fatal crashes in 2010. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 55 percent of drivers in crashes and 71 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 50 percent of licensed drivers in Otero County. 10 pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2010. In 2010, no "Teenagers" and two Young Adults were killed in crashes in Otero County. Statewide 11 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Otero County 12 percent (6 of 49) 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 Otero County
by Alcohol Involvement, 2001-2010
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Otero County
by Alcohol Involvement, 2001-2010
  




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Otero County, 2010 - 2008
Injury Level 2010 2009 2008
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 4        3        2        1        4        2       
 Incapacitating injury 32        4        48        1        45        3       
 Visible injury 106        1        74        3        84        8       
 Complaint of injury 292        2        288        4        272        4       
 Unhurt 1,945        6        1,830        4        1,724        11       
 Total 2,379        16        2,242        13        2,129        28       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Otero County, 2010
Convictions Since 2006 Since 1986
 1st   114             86          
 2nd   34             40          
 3rd   12             21          
 4th   1             11          
 5th   0             1          
 6th   0             2          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   161             161          
   Convictions are counts of people convicted of DWI by 7/2011 for
violations in 2010 in Otero County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.





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


Crashes in Otero County by Class, 2010
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 619       56         1       8         216       1       333      
Pedestrian 10       1         2       17         6       2       6      
Fixed object 147       13         3       25         48       3       59      
Veh. on other roadway 2       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 92       8         0       0         9       0       10      
Overturn 93       8         4       33         56       4       78      
Other non-collision 32       3         2       17         8       2       8      
Pedalcyclist 12       1         0       0         10       0       10      
Animal 81       7         0       0         10       0       12      
Other object 13       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Total 1,101       100         12       100         364       12       517      


Crashes in Otero County by Vehicle Type, 2010
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 869       46         3       19         281       1       245      
Pickup 473       25         4       25         149       3       95      
Semi 25       1         0       0         5       0       3      
Bus 4       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 52       3         4       25         44       4       45      
Pedalcyclist 13       1         0       0         11       0       11      
Pedestrian 10       1         2       13         6       2       6      
Van/4 WD 361       19         2       13         118       1       105      
Other 26       1         1       6         5       1       2      
Unknown 56       3         0       0         11       0       5      
Total 1,889       100         16       100         630       12       517      





Crashes in Otero County by Top Contributing Factor, 2010
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 61       6         7       58         29       7       38      
Red light running 50       5         0       0         26       0       37      
Failing to yield 205       19         1       8         87       1       146      
Excessive speed 114       10         1       8         44       1       66      
Driving left of center 22       2         0       0         10       0       10      
Following too close 131       12         0       0         50       0       69      
Improper turning 47       4         0       0         16       0       27      
Improper overtaking 10       1         0       0         3       0       3      
Mechanical defect 26       2         0       0         4       0       6      
Driver inattention 214       19         3       25         55       3       71      
Improper driving 22       2         0       0         7       0       8      
Other 199       18         0       0         33       0       36      
Total 1,101       100         12       100         364       12       517      




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





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

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

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



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


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Otero County by Vehicle Type, 2010
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 151         0         38           144         1         52        
Pickup 68         0         26           40         2         18        
Motorcycle 6         0         6           9         0         9        
Pedalcyclist 3         0         3           2         0         2        
Pedestrian 3         0         2           2         0         1        
Van/4 WD 36         0         18           27         0         11        
Other 1         0         0           1         0         0        
Unknown 0         0         0           3         0         3        
Total 268         0         93           228         3         96        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Otero 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       90       0       2         2       72       2       1      
2009 0       71       0       1         2       71       2       8      
2008 0       75       0       5         1       56       0       5      
2007 1       69       1       4         2       46       1       10      
2006 1       109       1       4         2       73       1       10      
2005 0       105       0       8         2       72       0       10      
2004 0       115       0       7         0       67       0       6      
2003 2       112       0       3         2       81       1       12      
2002 0       106       0       1         4       78       3       16      
2001 1       116       0       7         1       83       0       6