Socorro County
Community Report, 2010



Demographics

In 2010, there were 12,207 licensed drivers in Socorro County. Of these, there were 5,856 females and 6,351 males. The population of Socorro County was 17,850. The total number of crashes in 2010 was 327, yielding a crash rate of 18 per thousand people (total number of crashes 327 divided by total population 17,850 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 21 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 2006 to 2009 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 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 75 people convicted of DWI in Socorro County, 47 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 35 divided by the total number of people convicted 75 times 100).

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles were the most common class, accounting for 42 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 43 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 26 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 69 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The three most common top contributing factors were Other, Driver inattention and Excessive speed. There were five fatal crashes in 2010. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Excessive speed.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 62 percent of drivers in crashes and 86 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 52 percent of licensed drivers in Socorro County. No pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2010. In 2010, no "Teenagers" and two Young Adults were killed in crashes in Socorro County. Statewide 11 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Socorro County 7 percent (1 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 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 Socorro County
by Alcohol Involvement, 2001-2010
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Socorro County
by Alcohol Involvement, 2001-2010
  




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Socorro County, 2010 - 2008
Injury Level 2010 2009 2008
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 5        3        8        4        9        6       
 Incapacitating injury 16        3        25        6        21        1       
 Visible injury 32        1        74        7        42        5       
 Complaint of injury 80        0        51        1        50        2       
 Unhurt 394        2        370        7        428        0       
 Total 527        9        528        25        550        14       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Socorro County, 2010
Convictions Since 2006 Since 1986
 1st   56             35          
 2nd   15             20          
 3rd   4             10          
 4th   0             5          
 5th   0             4          
 6th   0             1          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   75             75          
   Convictions are counts of people convicted of DWI by 7/2011 for
violations in 2010 in Socorro County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.





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


Crashes in Socorro County by Class, 2010
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 137       42         2       40         35       2       66      
Fixed object 42       13         0       0         8       0       8      
Parked vehicle 17       5         0       0         2       0       3      
Overturn 70       21         3       60         43       3       62      
Other non-collision 17       5         0       0         5       0       6      
Pedalcyclist 3       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Animal 29       9         0       0         3       0       3      
Other object 12       4         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 327       100         5       100         97       5       149      


Crashes in Socorro County by Vehicle Type, 2010
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 210       43         1       14         57       1       71      
Pickup 128       26         4       57         38       4       39      
Semi 10       2         2       29         0       0       0      
Bus 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 9       2         0       0         6       0       6      
Pedalcyclist 3       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Van/4 WD 80       16         0       0         26       0       24      
Other 31       6         0       0         7       0       7      
Unknown 22       4         0       0         2       0       1      
Total 494       100         7       100         137       5       149      





Crashes in Socorro County by Top Contributing Factor, 2010
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 22       7         1       20         12       1       17      
Red light running 5       2         0       0         1       0       3      
Failing to yield 30       9         0       0         8       0       13      
Excessive speed 40       12         2       40         20       2       31      
Driving left of center 19       6         1       20         8       1       15      
Following too close 24       7         0       0         5       0       10      
Improper turning 5       2         0       0         0       0       0      
Improper overtaking 6       2         0       0         3       0       4      
Inop. traffic control 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Mechanical defect 19       6         0       0         3       0       4      
Driver inattention 46       14         1       20         13       1       21      
Improper driving 7       2         0       0         3       0       4      
Other 103       31         0       0         21       0       27      
Total 327       100         5       100         97       5       149      




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





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

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

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



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


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Socorro County by Vehicle Type, 2010
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 40         0         19           37         1         6        
Pickup 11         0         2           10         1         5        
Motorcycle 0         0         0           1         0         1        
Van/4 WD 6         0         1           14         0         4        
Other 3         0         0           5         0         1        
Unknown 3         0         1           1         0         0        
Total 63         0         23           68         2         17        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Socorro 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       25       0       0         2       19       0       3      
2009 0       36       0       3         3       23       0       6      
2008 1       27       0       3         1       24       1       2      
2007 0       18       0       1         4       12       2       3      
2006 1       8       0       1         0       7       0       1      
2005 1       25       0       3         4       19       2       4      
2004 1       22       0       0         1       21       1       2      
2003 0       26       0       9         4       13       2       6      
2002 1       33       0       5         2       28       0       5      
2001 0       28       0       6         1       29       0       6