Valencia County Report, 2009

Demographics

In 2009, there were 53,730 licensed drivers in Valencia County. Of these, there were 26,736 females and 26,994 males. The population of Valencia County was 72,913. The total number of crashes in 2009 was 1,115, yielding a crash rate of 15 per thousand people (total number of crashes 1,115 divided by total population 72,913 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) 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 increased since last year.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 204 people convicted of DWI in Valencia County, 69 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 140 divided by the total number of people convicted 204 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles were the most common class, accounting for 65 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Pedestrians and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 47 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Pickups accounted for 24 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 71 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The three most common top contributing factors were Driver inattention, Excessive speed and Following too close. There were five fatal crashes in 2009. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 55 percent of drivers in crashes and 64 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 50 percent of licensed drivers in Valencia County. 10 pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2009. In 2009, 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 10 percent (6 of 61) 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 Valencia County
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Valencia County
by Alcohol Involvement




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Valencia County, 2009 - 2007
Injury Level 2009 2008 2007
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 1        0        3        1        9        4       
 Incapacitating injury 53        8        32        3        45        3       
 Visible injury 74        6        80        3        90        7       
 Complaint of injury 256        3        257        1        268        0       
 Unhurt 1,714        13        1,445        1        1,824        6       
 Total 2,098        30        1,817        9        2,236        20       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Valencia County, 2009
Convictions Since 2005 Since 1985
 1st   140             98          
 2nd   55             50          
 3rd   6             29          
 4th   3             17          
 5th   0             4          
 6th   0             5          
 7th   0             1          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   204             204          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2010 for
violations in 2009 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, 2009
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 730       65         3       60         189       3       291      
Pedestrian 10       1         2       40         4       2       5      
Fixed object 201       18         0       0         59       0       72      
Veh. on other roadway 4       0         0       0         2       0       4      
Parked vehicle 49       4         0       0         8       0       12      
Overturn 70       6         0       0         39       0       65      
Other non-collision 20       2         0       0         11       0       14      
Pedalcyclist 2       0         0       0         1       0       1      
Railroad train 4       0         0       0         3       0       4      
Animal 13       1         0       0         5       0       6      
Other object 12       1         0       0         3       0       3      
Total 1,115       100         5       100         324       5       477      


Crashes in Valencia County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 930       47         3       30         267       1       230      
Pickup 480       24         4       40         131       2       103      
Semi 20       1         0       0         5       0       2      
Bus 10       1         0       0         2       0       1      
Motorcycle 44       2         0       0         31       0       34      
Pedalcyclist 2       0         0       0         1       0       1      
Pedestrian 10       1         2       20         4       2       5      
Van/4 WD 303       15         0       0         85       0       78      
Other 59       3         0       0         14       0       9      
Unknown 121       6         1       10         22       0       14      
Total 1,979       100         10       100         562       5       477      





Crashes in Valencia County by Top Contributing Factor, 2009
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 72       6         3       60         26       3       46      
Red light running 58       5         1       20         16       1       33      
Failing to yield 129       12         0       0         40       0       61      
Excessive speed 190       17         1       20         69       1       99      
Driving left of center 32       3         0       0         12       0       22      
Following too close 176       16         0       0         39       0       58      
Improper turning 42       4         0       0         11       0       16      
Improper overtaking 13       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Inop. traffic control 3       0         0       0         2       0       2      
Mechanical defect 24       2         0       0         12       0       16      
Driver inattention 252       23         0       0         63       0       85      
Improper driving 14       1         0       0         4       0       4      
Other 110       10         0       0         28       0       33      
Total 1,115       100         5       100         324       5       477      






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


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


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


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

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


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Valencia County by Vehicle Type, 2009
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 188         0         67           136         0         31        
Pickup 84         0         25           39         0         14        
Semi 1         0         1           1         0         0        
Motorcycle 9         0         6           5         0         4        
Pedestrian 1         0         0           4         1         2        
Van/4 WD 37         0         11           27         0         5        
Other 6         0         2           7         0         2        
Unknown 8         0         2           5         0         0        
Total 334         0         114           224         1         58        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Valencia 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       107       0       4         0       51       0       5      
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