Colfax County Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 10,782 licensed drivers in Colfax County. Of these, there were 5,260 females and 5,521 males. The population of Colfax County was 12,962. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 365, yielding a crash rate of 28 per thousand people (total number of crashes 365 divided by total population 12,962 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 23 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 1999 to 2008 the number of crashes has shown no trend. Fatal and injury crashes have shown a downward trend from 2003 to 2008. Belt usage (as a percentage) has increased from last year, and belt usage in crashes involving visible and incapacitating injuries has also increased.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 72 people convicted of DWI in Colfax County, 90 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 65 divided by the total number of people convicted 72 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 35 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Overturns, 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 22 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 61 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The three most common top contributing factors were Driver inattention, Other and Excessive speed. There were three fatal crashes in 2008. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Driving left of center.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 59 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 51 percent of licensed drivers in Colfax County. Four pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, no 'Teenagers' and one Young Adult were killed in crashes in Colfax County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Colfax County 21 percent (5 of 24) were under 21.

Note: The 1999 crash file contains 15% fewer crashes than the 1998 file. This may be due to problems implementing the new system after the old system failed, or to under reporting. Care should be used in interpreting differences between 1999 and other years in this report.


  • 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 city population data is from the most current 2008 estimates.
  • 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.





Crashes in Colfax County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Colfax County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Colfax County, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 3        0        3        1        6        3       
 Incapacitating injury 13        1        10        2        9        0       
 Visible injury 29        0        31        0        32        5       
 Complaint of injury 58        1        58        1        80        1       
 Unhurt 508        1        607        0        498        1       
 Total 611        3        709        4        625        10       




Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Colfax County, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   65             50          
 2nd   7             15          
 3rd   0             5          
 4th   0             1          
 5th   0             1          
 6th   0             0          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   72             72          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Colfax County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.




DWI Arrests in Colfax County
Showing First Arrest and Repeat Offenders
Crashes in Colfax County
by Hour and Alcohol Inovlvement


Crashes in Colfax County by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 127       35         1       33         24       2       43      
Pedestrian 4       1         1       33         3       1       3      
Fixed object 76       21         0       0         18       0       19      
Veh. on other roadway 2       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 40       11         0       0         2       0       3      
Overturn 49       13         1       33         30       1       43      
Other non-collision 5       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Animal 56       15         0       0         6       0       6      
Other object 6       2         0       0         2       0       2      
Total 365       100         3       100         87       4       121      


Crashes in Colfax County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 226       42         1       17         51       0       55      
Pickup 122       22         2       33         22       1       21      
Semi 13       2         0       0         2       0       2      
Bus 1       0         0       0         1       0       0      
Motorcycle 18       3         0       0         12       0       12      
Pedestrian 4       1         1       17         3       1       3      
Van/4 WD 115       21         2       33         23       2       26      
Other 20       4         0       0         3       0       2      
Unknown 25       5         0       0         2       0       0      
Total 544       100         6       100         119       4       121      

Crashes in Colfax County by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 28       8         1       33         16       1       22      
Red light running 7       2         0       0         3       0       4      
Failing to yield 22       6         0       0         6       0       12      
Excessive speed 62       17         0       0         19       0       23      
Driving left of center 8       2         2       67         3       3       8      
Following too close 10       3         0       0         0       0       0      
Improper turning 8       2         0       0         1       0       2      
Improper overtaking 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Mechanical defect 12       3         0       0         2       0       4      
Driver inattention 104       28         0       0         21       0       28      
Improper driving 6       2         0       0         0       0       0      
Other 97       27         0       0         16       0       18      
Total 365       100         3       100         87       4       121      


People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Colfax County, 2008

People in Alcohol-Involved Crashes by Age and Sex in Colfax County, 2008


Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Colfax County, 2008


Drivers in Alcohol-Involved Crashes by Age and Sex in Colfax County, 2008



Pedestrians in Crashes in Colfax County
by Pedestrian Alcohol Involvement
Pedestrians in Crashes in Colfax County
by Age Group


"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Colfax County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 28         1         12           21         0         7        
Pickup 9         0         3           11         0         3        
Motorcycle 1         0         0           2         0         2        
Pedestrian 0         0         0           2         0         2        
Van/4 WD 15         0         2           9         2         3        
Other 2         0         0           3         0         1        
Unknown 1         0         0           0         0         0        
Total 56         1         17           48         2         18        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Colfax County, 1999-2008
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2008 0       14       0       1         1       19       0       6      
2007 0       23       0       0         0       20       0       1      
2006 0       20       0       1         1       19       1       10      
2005 0       23       0       3         1       20       0       2      
2004 0       38       0       4         0       26       0       2      
2003 1       35       1       7         0       45       0       6      
2002 0       26       0       2         0       27       0       8      
2001 1       33       0       8         0       35       0       7      
2000 1       28       0       2         1       25       0       2      
1999 0       34       0       3         0       21       0       2