Taos County
Community Report, 2010



Demographics

In 2010, there were 25,481 licensed drivers in Taos County. Of these, there were 12,921 females and 12,560 males. The population of Taos County was 32,957. The total number of crashes in 2010 was 785, yielding a crash rate of 24 per thousand people (total number of crashes 785 divided by total population 32,957 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 21 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 2007 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 decreased since last year, while belt usage involving Incapacitating injuries has also 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 147 people convicted of DWI in Taos County, 48 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 71 divided by the total number of people convicted 147 times 100).

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles were the most common class, accounting for 52 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Animals, Pedalcyclists, 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 42 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 25 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 60 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The three most common top contributing factors were Other, Driver inattention and Excessive speed. There were 11 fatal crashes in 2010. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Excessive speed.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 59 percent of drivers in crashes and 75 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 49 percent of licensed drivers in Taos County. Two pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2010. In 2010, one "Teenager" and one Young Adult were killed in crashes in Taos County. Statewide 11 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Taos County 11 percent (7 of 63) 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 Taos County
by Alcohol Involvement, 2001-2010
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Taos County
by Alcohol Involvement, 2001-2010
  




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Taos County, 2010 - 2008
Injury Level 2010 2009 2008
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 6        4        7        3        4        1       
 Incapacitating injury 26        6        24        1        24        1       
 Visible injury 49        5        42        4        36        0       
 Complaint of injury 164        2        208        2        145        0       
 Unhurt 1,195        7        1,064        6        769        0       
 Total 1,440        24        1,345        16        978        2       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Taos County, 2010
Convictions Since 2006 Since 1986
 1st   99             71          
 2nd   33             44          
 3rd   12             16          
 4th   3             12          
 5th   0             2          
 6th   0             2          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   147             147          
   Convictions are counts of people convicted of DWI by 7/2011 for
violations in 2010 in Taos County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.





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


Crashes in Taos County by Class, 2010
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 407       52         1       9         110       1       169      
Pedestrian 1       0         1       9         0       1       0      
Fixed object 173       22         1       9         44       1       56      
Parked vehicle 14       2         0       0         2       0       2      
Overturn 84       11         5       45         41       5       56      
Other non-collision 24       3         1       9         6       1       8      
Pedalcyclist 7       1         1       9         6       1       6      
Animal 61       8         1       9         3       1       5      
Other object 14       2         0       0         2       0       4      
Total 785       100         11       100         214       11       306      


Crashes in Taos County by Vehicle Type, 2010
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 524       42         4       29         120       4       108      
Pickup 313       25         4       29         90       2       62      
Semi 11       1         0       0         4       0       1      
Bus 2       0         0       0         1       0       1      
Motorcycle 28       2         2       14         24       2       29      
Pedalcyclist 7       1         1       7         6       1       6      
Pedestrian 2       0         1       7         1       1       1      
Van/4 WD 268       21         2       14         77       1       78      
Other 34       3         0       0         8       0       8      
Unknown 63       5         0       0         19       0       12      
Total 1,252       100         14       100         350       11       306      





Crashes in Taos County by Top Contributing Factor, 2010
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 75       10         4       36         39       4       61      
Red light running 11       1         0       0         3       0       3      
Failing to yield 88       11         1       9         21       1       34      
Excessive speed 126       16         5       45         36       5       52      
Driving left of center 17       2         0       0         7       0       9      
Following too close 88       11         0       0         26       0       39      
Improper turning 13       2         0       0         5       0       7      
Improper overtaking 7       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Mechanical defect 19       2         0       0         2       0       3      
Driver inattention 124       16         0       0         33       0       44      
Improper driving 42       5         0       0         13       0       19      
Other 175       22         1       9         27       1       33      
Total 785       100         11       100         214       11       306      




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





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

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

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



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


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Taos County by Vehicle Type, 2010
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 78         2         20           81         1         15        
Pickup 15         0         5           24         0         7        
Semi 0         0         0           1         0         0        
Motorcycle 1         0         1           3         0         3        
Pedalcyclist 1         0         1           0         0         0        
Van/4 WD 20         0         4           28         0         8        
Other 0         0         0           2         0         0        
Unknown 3         0         1           7         0         4        
Total 118         2         32           146         1         37        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Taos 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       36       0       5         1       32       1       8      
2009 0       40       0       4         1       37       0       8      
2008 2       36       2       8         1       25       0       3      
2007 1       34       0       6         2       23       2       5      
2006 1       35       1       5         2       30       2       10      
2005 0       49       0       7         1       33       1       4      
2004 2       55       2       9         1       45       1       5      
2003 0       44       0       5         2       42       1       9      
2002 0       73       0       13         1       43       1       9      
2001 2       60       2       5         2       39       1       12