Valencia County Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 52,945 licensed drivers in Valencia County. Of these, there were 26,335 females and 26,610 males. The population of Valencia County was 72,207. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 850, yielding a crash rate of 12 per thousand people (total number of crashes 850 divided by total population 72,207 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 23 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 2006 to 2008 the number of crashes has shown a downward trend. Fatal and injury crashes have also shown a downward trend from 2005 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 163 people convicted of DWI in Valencia County, 84 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 137 divided by the total number of people convicted 163 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 69 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 50 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 25 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 74 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The three most common top contributing factors were Driver inattention, Following too close and Failing to yield. There were nine fatal crashes in 2008. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 56 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 50 percent of licensed drivers in Valencia County. Nine pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, no 'Teenagers' or Young Adults were killed in crashes in Valencia County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Valencia County 5 percent (2 of 43) 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 Valencia County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Valencia County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Valencia County, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 3        1        9        4        5        3       
 Incapacitating injury 32        3        45        3        41        1       
 Visible injury 80        3        90        7        96        5       
 Complaint of injury 257        1        268        0        319        2       
 Unhurt 1,445        1        1,824        6        1,958        2       
 Total 1,817        9        2,236        20        2,419        13       




Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Valencia County, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   137             93          
 2nd   22             35          
 3rd   1             15          
 4th   2             10          
 5th   0             4          
 6th   0             3          
 7th   1             3          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   163             163          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Valencia County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.




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


Crashes in Valencia County by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 589       69         3       33         194       3       323      
Pedestrian 7       1         2       22         4       2       4      
Fixed object 128       15         0       0         27       0       36      
Veh. on other roadway 2       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 27       3         0       0         4       0       5      
Overturn 63       7         4       44         39       5       54      
Other non-collision 11       1         0       0         4       0       5      
Pedalcyclist 3       0         0       0         2       0       2      
Animal 8       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Other object 12       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Total 850       100         9       100         276       10       431      


Crashes in Valencia County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 777       50         5       36         262       5       229      
Pickup 383       25         4       29         125       1       97      
Semi 18       1         1       7         4       0       1      
Bus 5       0         0       0         2       0       4      
Motorcycle 30       2         2       14         17       2       20      
Pedalcyclist 3       0         0       0         2       0       2      
Pedestrian 9       1         2       14         4       2       4      
Van/4 WD 230       15         0       0         80       0       60      
Other 31       2         0       0         12       0       9      
Unknown 59       4         0       0         12       0       5      
Total 1,545       100         14       100         520       10       431      






Crashes in Valencia County by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 57       7         6       67         22       7       33      
Red light running 28       3         0       0         10       0       13      
Failing to yield 130       15         0       0         49       0       77      
Excessive speed 117       14         1       11         39       1       68      
Driving left of center 23       3         2       22         8       2       14      
Following too close 158       19         0       0         52       0       82      
Improper turning 21       2         0       0         6       0       11      
Improper overtaking 13       2         0       0         4       0       10      
Mechanical defect 16       2         0       0         9       0       17      
Driver inattention 207       24         0       0         59       0       84      
Improper driving 9       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Other 71       8         0       0         16       0       20      
Total 850       100         9       100         276       10       431      






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


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


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


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

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

"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Valencia County by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 140         0         46           104         0         41        
Pickup 54         0         16           38         1         13        
Motorcycle 1         0         0           5         0         5        
Pedalcyclist 0         0         0           1         0         0        
Van/4 WD 34         0         13           18         0         7        
Other 4         0         3           1         0         1        
Unknown 3         0         2           4         0         0        
Total 236         0         80           171         1         67        



"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Valencia 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       72       0       2         0       53       0       6      
2007 2       111       0       4         1       66       1       4      
2006 1       118       1       7         0       79       0       11      
2005 3       104       2       12         4       65       2       7      
2004 2       95       0       9         2       78       2       16      
2003 2       111       2       18         0       75       0       16      
2002 5       82       5       15         1       42       1       3      
2001 2       103       1       14         6       80       2       18      
2000 2       147       1       20         3       84       0       15      
1999 2       114       2       7         1       60       0       6