Torrance County
Community Report, 2010



Demographics

In 2010, there were 11,279 licensed drivers in Torrance County. Of these, there were 5,446 females and 5,833 males. The population of Torrance County was 16,375. The total number of crashes in 2010 was 253, yielding a crash rate of 15 per thousand people (total number of crashes 253 divided by total population 16,375 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 21 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 2001 to 2010 the number of crashes has shown no trend. Fatal and injury crashes have also shown no trend from 2001 to 2010. 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 increased since last year.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 57 people convicted of DWI in Torrance County, 44 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 25 divided by the total number of people convicted 57 times 100).

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles were the most common class, accounting for 38 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Overturns resulted in fatalities. Pickups and Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 26 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Van/4 WDs accounted for 20 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. These three vehicle types each comprised 69 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The three most common top contributing factors were Excessive speed, Other and Driver inattention. There were four fatal crashes in 2010. The top contributing factors for the fatal crashes were Improper driving, Driver inattention, Excessive speed and Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 66 percent of drivers in crashes and 75 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 2010. In 2010, two "Teenagers" and no Young Adults were killed in crashes in Torrance County. Statewide 11 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Torrance County 13 percent (1 of 8) 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 county population data is from the most current 2010 census counts.
  • 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, 2001-2010
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Torrance County
by Alcohol Involvement, 2001-2010
  




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Torrance County, 2010 - 2008
Injury Level 2010 2009 2008
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 3        1        10        4        1        0       
 Incapacitating injury 12        1        24        5        13        0       
 Visible injury 20        2        49        2        24        0       
 Complaint of injury 59        2        84        2        30        0       
 Unhurt 288        3        395        0        260        2       
 Total 382        9        562        13        328        2       


Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Torrance County, 2010
Convictions Since 2006 Since 1986
 1st   44             25          
 2nd   10             25          
 3rd   2             5          
 4th   1             2          
 5th   0             0          
 6th   0             0          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   57             57          
   Convictions are counts of people convicted of DWI by 7/2011 for
violations in 2010 in Torrance County.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.





DWI Arrests in Torrance County
Showing First Arrest and Repeat Offenders, 2005-2010
Crashes in Torrance County
by Hour and Alcohol Involvement, 2010
  


Crashes in Torrance County by Class, 2010
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 95       38         0       0         35       0       53      
Pedestrian 2       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Fixed object 39       15         0       0         11       0       12      
Veh. on other roadway 2       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Parked vehicle 8       3         0       0         1       0       1      
Overturn 69       27         4       100         31       4       47      
Other non-collision 19       8         0       0         2       0       3      
Animal 15       6         0       0         2       0       2      
Other object 4       2         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 253       100         4       100         84       4       120      


Crashes in Torrance County by Vehicle Type, 2010
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 95       26         1       25         33       1       33      
Pickup 98       26         1       25         29       1       28      
Semi 55       15         0       0         22       0       9      
Bus 1       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 7       2         0       0         5       0       6      
Pedestrian 2       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Van/4 WD 74       20         2       50         25       2       38      
Other 16       4         0       0         6       0       4      
Unknown 23       6         0       0         4       0       0      
Total 371       100         4       100         126       4       120      





Crashes in Torrance County by Top Contributing Factor, 2010
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 14       6         1       25         10       1       14      
Red light running 7       3         0       0         2       0       3      
Failing to yield 11       4         0       0         4       0       7      
Excessive speed 65       26         1       25         25       1       40      
Driving left of center 7       3         0       0         3       0       5      
Following too close 11       4         0       0         4       0       4      
Improper turning 3       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Improper overtaking 6       2         0       0         1       0       2      
Mechanical defect 9       4         0       0         1       0       1      
Driver inattention 53       21         1       25         15       1       20      
Improper driving 5       2         1       25         2       1       2      
Other 62       25         0       0         15       0       20      
Total 253       100         4       100         84       4       120      




Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Torrance County, 2010





People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Torrance County, 2010

Drivers in Alcohol-Involved Crashes by Age and Sex in Torrance County, 2010

People in Alcohol-Involved Crashes by Age and Sex in Torrance County, 2010



Pedestrians in Crashes in Torrance County
by Pedestrian Alcohol Involvement, 2006-2010
Pedestrians in Crashes in Torrance County
by Age Group, 2006-2010
  


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Torrance County by Vehicle Type, 2010
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 16         0         5           12         1         4        
Pickup 10         0         2           10         0         3        
Semi 0         0         0           2         0         0        
Pedestrian 1         0         1           0         0         0        
Van/4 WD 13         2         7           6         0         3        
Other 3         0         0           0         0         0        
Unknown 6         0         0           1         0         0        
Total 49         2         15           31         1         10        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Torrance County, 2001-2010
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2010 2       17       0       0         0       13       0       3      
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