Colfax County Report, 2009

Demographics

In 2009, there were 10,607 licensed drivers in Colfax County. Of these, there were 5,200 females and 5,406 males. The population of Colfax County was 12,737. The total number of crashes in 2009 was 351, yielding a crash rate of 28 per thousand people (total number of crashes 351 divided by total population 12,737 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 23 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 2007 to 2009 the number of crashes has shown a downward trend. Fatal and injury crashes have also shown a downward trend from 2003 to 2009. 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 46 people convicted of DWI in Colfax County, 67 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 31 divided by the total number of people convicted 46 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles were the most common class, accounting for 30 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Overturns resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 36 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 24 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 53 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The three most common top contributing factors were Other, Driver inattention and Excessive speed. There were three fatal crashes in 2009. The top contributing factors for the fatal crashes were Driver inattention, Excessive speed and Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 61 percent of drivers in crashes and 63 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 51 percent of licensed drivers in Colfax County. One pedestrian was involved in a crash in 2009. In 2009, no "Teenagers" or Young Adults were killed in crashes in Colfax County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Colfax County 0 percent (0 of 16) 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 city population data is from the most current 2009 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. (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 Colfax County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Colfax County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Colfax County, 2009 - 2007
Injury Level 2009 2008 2007
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 3        1        3        0        3        1       
 Incapacitating injury 13        3        13        1        10        2       
 Visible injury 38        1        29        0        31        0       
 Complaint of injury 39        0        58        1        58        1       
 Unhurt 523        2        508        1        607        0       
 Total 616        7        611        3        709        4       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Colfax County, 2009
Convictions Since 2005 Since 1985
 1st   31             26          
 2nd   12             14          
 3rd   2             4          
 4th   1             1          
 5th   0             1          
 6th   0             0          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   46             46          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2010 for
violations in 2009 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, 2009
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 104       30         0       0         27       0       43      
Pedestrian 1       0         0       0         1       0       1      
Fixed object 55       16         0       0         9       0       10      
Parked vehicle 33       9         0       0         3       0       4      
Overturn 54       15         3       100         32       4       52      
Other non-collision 11       3         0       0         0       0       0      
Animal 87       25         0       0         12       0       14      
Other object 6       2         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 351       100         3       100         84       4       124      


Crashes in Colfax County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 181       36         1       33         36       2       37      
Pickup 119       24         0       0         29       0       22      
Semi 28       6         0       0         9       0       6      
Bus 3       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Motorcycle 19       4         1       33         15       1       15      
Pedestrian 1       0         0       0         1       0       1      
Van/4 WD 106       21         1       33         22       1       33      
Other 20       4         0       0         4       0       7      
Unknown 23       5         0       0         5       0       2      
Total 500       100         3       100         122       4       124      




Crashes in Colfax County by Top Contributing Factor, 2009
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 20       6         1       33         8       1       13      
Red light running 2       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Failing to yield 18       5         0       0         7       0       12      
Excessive speed 47       13         1       33         17       2       29      
Driving left of center 10       3         0       0         1       0       1      
Following too close 10       3         0       0         1       0       1      
Improper turning 6       2         0       0         1       0       1      
Improper overtaking 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Inop. traffic control 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Mechanical defect 12       3         0       0         5       0       6      
Driver inattention 85       24         1       33         20       1       30      
Improper driving 4       1         0       0         1       0       2      
Other 135       38         0       0         22       0       28      
Total 351       100         3       100         84       4       124      




People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Colfax County, 2009


People in Alcohol-Involved Crashes by Age and Sex in Colfax County, 2009


Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Colfax County, 2009


Drivers in Alcohol-Involved Crashes by Age and Sex in Colfax County, 2009

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


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Colfax County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 19         0         3           31         0         7        
Pickup 15         0         9           10         0         4        
Motorcycle 3         0         3           0         0         0        
Van/4 WD 14         0         3           5         0         0        
Other 1         0         0           1         0         1        
Unknown 1         0         0           1         0         1        
Total 53         0         18           48         0         13        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Colfax County, 2000-2009
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2009 0       18       0       1         0       12       0       2      
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