Union County Report, 2009

Demographics

In 2009, there were 3,202 licensed drivers in Union County. Of these, there were 1,603 females and 1,599 males. The population of Union County was 3,817. The total number of crashes in 2009 was 98, yielding a crash rate of 26 per thousand people (total number of crashes 98 divided by total population 3,817 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 23 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 2005 to 2008 the number of crashes has shown an upward trend. Fatal and injury crashes have shown no trend from 2000 to 2009. Belt usage (as a percentage) involving Visible injuries has decreased since last year, while belt usage involving Incapacitating injuries has increased. 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 9 people convicted of DWI in Union County, 78 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 7 divided by the total number of people convicted 9 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles were the most common class, accounting for 27 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Overturns and Fixed objects resulted in fatalities. Pickups were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 39 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Passenger cars accounted for 23 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 56 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 factor for the fatal crashes was Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 74 percent of drivers in crashes and 80 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 50 percent of licensed drivers in Union County. One pedestrian was involved in a crash in 2009. In 2009, no "Teenagers" and one Young Adult were killed in crashes in Union County. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Union County 0 percent (0 of 5) 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 Union County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Union County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Union County, 2009 - 2007
Injury Level 2009 2008 2007
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 3        3        1        0        2        0       
 Incapacitating injury 0        0        9        1        9        0       
 Visible injury 7        2        7        0        22        0       
 Complaint of injury 27        2        16        0        23        0       
 Unhurt 107        1        135        0        119        0       
 Total 144        8        168        1        175        0       


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

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


Crashes in Union County by Class, 2009
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 26       27         0       0         9       0       21      
Pedestrian 1       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Fixed object 13       13         1       33         5       1       9      
Parked vehicle 8       8         0       0         1       0       1      
Overturn 21       21         2       67         9       2       11      
Other non-collision 6       6         0       0         1       0       1      
Animal 21       21         0       0         3       0       3      
Other object 2       2         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 98       100         3       100         29       3       47      


Crashes in Union County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 32       23         0       0         8       0       11      
Pickup 54       39         1       33         15       1       18      
Semi 10       7         0       0         5       0       4      
Bus 1       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 3       2         0       0         3       0       3      
Pedestrian 1       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Van/4 WD 21       15         2       67         5       2       8      
Other 12       9         0       0         4       0       2      
Unknown 3       2         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 137       100         3       100         41       3       47      

Crashes in Union County by Top Contributing Factor, 2009
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 6       6         2       67         2       2       4      
Red light running 2       2         0       0         1       0       3      
Failing to yield 6       6         0       0         2       0       2      
Excessive speed 15       15         1       33         4       1       7      
Driving left of center 3       3         0       0         2       0       2      
Following too close 6       6         0       0         3       0       11      
Improper turning 4       4         0       0         0       0       0      
Mechanical defect 2       2         0       0         1       0       1      
Driver inattention 15       15         0       0         4       0       5      
Improper driving 6       6         0       0         4       0       6      
Other 33       34         0       0         6       0       6      
Total 98       100         3       100         29       3       47      


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


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






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








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

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


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Union County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 4         0         2           4         0         0        
Pickup 8         0         3           8         1         4        
Motorcycle 1         0         1           0         0         0        
Van/4 WD 2         0         0           0         0         0        
Other 1         0         0           0         0         0        
Total 16         0         6           12         1         4        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Union 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       9       0       2         1       2       1       0      
2008 0       4       0       1         1       7       1       0      
2007 0       7       0       0         1       11       0       0      
2006 2       7       1       2         0       3       0       2      
2005 0       2       0       0         1       6       0       0      
2004 1       5       0       1         1       7       0       1      
2003 0       17       0       1         1       6       0       1      
2002 0       8       0       3         0       7       0       0      
2001 0       9       0       0         1       11       1       1      
2000 0       12       0       2         0       7       0       1