Union County
Community Report, 2010



Demographics

In 2010, there were 3,147 licensed drivers in Union County. Of these, there were 1,584 females and 1,563 males. The population of Union County was 4,541. The total number of crashes in 2010 was 86, yielding a crash rate of 19 per thousand people (total number of crashes 86 divided by total population 4,541 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 21 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 2008 to 2010 the number of crashes has shown a downward trend. Fatal and injury crashes have shown no trend from 2001 to 2010. Belt usage (as a percentage) involving Visible injuries has increased since last year, while belt usage involving Incapacitating injuries has 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 7 people convicted of DWI in Union County, 57 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 4 divided by the total number of people convicted 7 times 100).

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Overturns were the most common class, accounting for 40 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Overturns and Other vehicles resulted in fatalities. Pickups were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 32 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Van/4 WDs accounted for 28 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 63 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The three most common top contributing factors were Excessive speed, Other and Driver inattention. There were two fatal crashes in 2010. The top contributing factors for the fatal crashes were Driving left of center and Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 69 percent of drivers in crashes and 38 percent of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes. They account for 50 percent of licensed drivers in Union County. No pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2010. In 2010, no "Teenagers" or Young Adults were killed in crashes in Union County. Statewide 11 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Union 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 Union County
by Alcohol Involvement, 2001-2010
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Union County
by Alcohol Involvement, 2001-2010
  




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Union County, 2010 - 2008
Injury Level 2010 2009 2008
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 2        1        3        3        1        0       
 Incapacitating injury 9        5        0        0        9        1       
 Visible injury 22        1        7        2        7        0       
 Complaint of injury 19        0        27        2        16        0       
 Unhurt 91        6        107        1        135        0       
 Total 143        13        144        8        168        1       


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





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


Crashes in Union County by Class, 2010
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 22       26         1       50         6       1       13      
Fixed object 7       8         0       0         3       0       3      
Parked vehicle 8       9         0       0         1       0       1      
Overturn 34       40         1       50         20       1       38      
Other non-collision 3       3         0       0         1       0       2      
Animal 11       13         0       0         2       0       2      
Other object 1       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 86       100         2       100         33       2       59      


Crashes in Union County by Vehicle Type, 2010
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 28       24         0       0         9       0       10      
Pickup 38       32         1       33         10       1       20      
Semi 6       5         0       0         2       0       2      
Bus 2       2         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 3       3         0       0         3       0       4      
Van/4 WD 33       28         2       67         16       1       23      
Other 7       6         0       0         1       0       0      
Unknown 1       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Total 118       100         3       100         41       2       59      





Crashes in Union County by Top Contributing Factor, 2010
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 9       10         1       50         6       1       18      
Red light running 2       2         0       0         0       0       0      
Failing to yield 4       5         0       0         1       0       3      
Excessive speed 21       24         0       0         11       0       16      
Driving left of center 4       5         1       50         3       1       7      
Following too close 1       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Improper overtaking 1       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Mechanical defect 4       5         0       0         1       0       1      
Driver inattention 17       20         0       0         4       0       5      
Improper driving 3       3         0       0         2       0       2      
Other 20       23         0       0         5       0       7      
Total 86       100         2       100         33       2       59      




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





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

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

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



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


"Teenager" and Young Adult Drivers in Crashes in Union County by Vehicle Type, 2010
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 0         0         0           5         0         3        
Pickup 3         0         0           4         0         3        
Van/4 WD 3         0         1           7         0         2        
Other 0         0         0           1         0         0        
Total 6         0         1           17         0         8        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Union County, 2001-2010
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2010 0       2       0       0         0       11       0       2      
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