Torrance County Report, 2009

Demographics

In 2009, there were 11,245 licensed drivers in Torrance County. Of these, there were 5,444 females and 5,801 males. The population of Torrance County was 16,475. The total number of crashes in 2009 was 337, yielding a crash rate of 20 per thousand people (total number of crashes 337 divided by total population 16,475 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 23 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 2000 to 2009 the number of crashes has shown no trend. Fatal and injury crashes have shown a downward trend from 2004 to 2008. 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 74 people convicted of DWI in Torrance County, 72 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 53 divided by the total number of people convicted 74 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles were the most common class, accounting for 37 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Overturns, Fixed objects, Pedestrians and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 34 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 25 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 Other, Excessive speed and Driver inattention. There were nine fatal crashes in 2009. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 62 percent of drivers in crashes and 80 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 52 percent of licensed drivers in Torrance County. Two pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2009. In 2009, three "Teenagers" and one Young Adult were killed in crashes in Torrance County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Torrance County 10 percent (2 of 20) 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 Torrance County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Torrance County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Torrance County, 2009 - 2007
Injury Level 2009 2008 2007
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 10        4        1        0        7        5       
 Incapacitating injury 24        5        13        0        8        0       
 Visible injury 49        2        24        0        21        1       
 Complaint of injury 84        2        30        0        47        2       
 Unhurt 395        0        260        2        423        10       
 Total 562        13        328        2        506        18       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Torrance County, 2009
Convictions Since 2005 Since 1985
 1st   53             28          
 2nd   17             21          
 3rd   3             14          
 4th   1             5          
 5th   0             4          
 6th   0             1          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             1          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   74             74          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2010 for
violations in 2009 in Torrance County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.

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


Crashes in Torrance County by Class, 2009
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 125       37         2       22         33       5       77      
Pedestrian 2       1         1       11         1       1       2      
Fixed object 34       10         2       22         10       2       14      
Parked vehicle 3       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Overturn 109       32         4       44         72       6       102      
Other non-collision 16       5         0       0         1       0       2      
Pedalcyclist 1       0         0       0         1       0       1      
Animal 36       11         0       0         3       0       3      
Other object 11       3         0       0         2       0       2      
Total 337       100         9       100         123       14       203      


Crashes in Torrance County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 166       34         5       42         60       8       80      
Pickup 122       25         2       17         41       3       57      
Semi 36       7         0       0         15       0       9      
Motorcycle 11       2         0       0         9       0       11      
Pedalcyclist 2       0         0       0         1       0       1      
Pedestrian 2       0         1       8         1       1       1      
Van/4 WD 89       18         4       33         30       2       34      
Other 30       6         0       0         7       0       7      
Unknown 28       6         0       0         2       0       3      
Total 486       100         12       100         166       14       203      

Crashes in Torrance County by Top Contributing Factor, 2009
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 21       6         3       33         14       5       28      
Red light running 8       2         1       11         4       2       12      
Failing to yield 26       8         1       11         4       1       8      
Excessive speed 78       23         1       11         43       1       63      
Driving left of center 15       4         0       0         6       0       9      
Following too close 10       3         0       0         2       0       6      
Improper turning 3       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Improper overtaking 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Mechanical defect 17       5         0       0         2       0       2      
Driver inattention 71       21         2       22         28       4       49      
Improper driving 3       1         1       11         0       1       0      
Other 84       25         0       0         19       0       25      
Total 337       100         9       100         123       14       203      


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


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






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






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

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


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Torrance County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 33         1         12           21         0         8        
Pickup 12         0         5           9         0         4        
Semi 0         0         0           1         0         0        
Motorcycle 2         0         2           2         0         2        
Pedestrian 0         0         0           1         0         1        
Van/4 WD 11         1         6           15         0         6        
Other 4         0         1           0         0         0        
Unknown 6         0         0           0         0         0        
Total 68         2         26           49         0         21        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Torrance County, 2000-2009
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2009 3       34       2       4         1       26       0       8      
2008 0       9       0       2         0       8       0       2      
2007 2       18       0       2         0       12       0       2      
2006 1       14       0       0         1       10       0       1      
2005 0       28       0       5         0       19       0       2      
2004 1       13       0       0         2       20       0       0      
2003 0       37       0       2         0       17       0       3      
2002 0       17       0       1         0       12       0       1      
2001 2       20       0       0         0       12       0       0      
2000 1       23       0       2         1       17       0       4