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Kern County

Traffic Safety Facts
Kern County, California
2005-2009

 
Data Source: FARS 2005 - 2008 Final and Fars 2009 ARF

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Fatalities by Person/Crash Type

Fatality Type Fatalities Fatalities Per 100,000 Population
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Total Fatalities (All Crashes)* 178 202 156 115 157 23.82 26.29 19.88 14.43 19.44
(1) Alcohol-Impaired Driving (BAC=.08+) Fatalities 59 55 41 23 57 7.89 7.16 5.23 2.89 7.06
(2) Single Vehicle Crash Fatalities 94 109 83 66 88 12.58 14.19 10.58 8.28 10.90
(3) Large Truck Involved Crash Fatalities 22 26 26 17 32 2.94 3.38 3.31 2.13 3.96
(4) Speeding Involved Crash Fatalities 46 48 52 30 53 6.16 6.25 6.63 3.76 6.56
(5) Rollover Involved Crash Fatalities 62 81 59 50 63 8.30 10.54 7.52 6.27 7.80
(6) Roadway Departure Involved Crash Fatalities 92 109 87 52 95 12.31 14.19 11.09 6.52 11.77
(7) Intersection (or Intersection Related) Crash Fatalities 41 31 32 31 26 5.49 4.04 4.08 3.89 3.22
Passenger Car Occupant Fatalities 72 80 63 36 69 9.63 10.41 8.03 4.52 8.55
Light Truck Occupant Fatalities 63 67 52 36 50 8.43 8.72 6.63 4.52 6.19
Motorcyclist Fatalities 11 16 14 16 9 1.47 2.08 1.78 2.01 1.11
Pedestrian Fatalities 19 25 16 21 15 2.54 3.25 2.04 2.63 1.86
Bicyclist (or Other Cyclist) Fatalities 4 7 2 3 3 0.54 0.91 0.25 0.38 0.37

(1) Crash Involved at Least One Driver or Motorcycle Rider With a BAC of .08 or Above
(2) Crash Involved Only One Vehicle In Transport
(3) Crash Involved at Least One Large Truck
(4) Crash Involved at Least One Vehicle Speeding
(5) Crash Involved at Least One Vehicle That Rolled Over
(6) Crash Involved at Least One Vehicle That Departed the Roadway (FHWA Definition)
(7) Crash Occured Within an Intersection or Within the Approach to an Intersection
*A Fatality Can Be in More Than One Category. Therefore Sum of the Individual Cells Will Not Equal the Total Due to Double Counting

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Passenger Vehicle Occupant Fatalities by Restraint Use

Restraint Use Fatalities Fatalities Per 100,000 Population
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Restrained 72 74 55 37 58 9.63 9.63 7.01 4.64 7.18
Unrestrained 59 63 52 30 53 7.89 8.20 6.63 3.76 6.56
Unknown Restraint Use 4 10 8 5 8 0.54 1.30 1.02 0.63 0.99
Total 135 147 115 72 119 18.06 19.14 14.66 9.03 14.74

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Motorcyclist Fatalities by Helmet Use

Helmet Use Fatalities Fatalities Per 100,000 Population
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Helmet Used 8 15 13 14 9 1.07 1.95 1.66 1.76 1.11
No Helmet Used 3 1 1 1 0 0.40 0.13 0.13 0.13 0.00
Unknown Helmet Use 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.13 0.00
Total 11 16 14 16 9 1.47 2.08 1.78 2.01 1.11

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Fatalities by Person Type and Race/Hispanic Origin

Person Type by Race/Hispanic Origin 2005 2006 2007 2008
Occupants (All Vehicle Types) Hispanic 72 85 64 38
White Non-Hispanic 66 69 59 38
Black, Non-Hispanic 5 4 6 4
American Indian, Non-Hispanic/Unknown 0 2 0 0
Asian, Non-Hispanic/Unknown 8 4 0 3
Multiple Races, Non-Hispanic/Unknown 2 2 6 1
All Other Non-Hispanic or Race 1 1 0 1
Unknown Race and Unknown Hispanic 0 0 0 6
Total 154 167 135 91
Non-Occupants
(Pedestrians, Pedalcyclists and
Other/Unknown Non-Occupants)
Hispanic 16 17 8 11
White Non-Hispanic 4 11 7 7
Black, Non-Hispanic 3 4 3 4
American Indian, Non-Hispanic/Unknown 0 0 0 0
Asian, Non-Hispanic/Unknown 0 3 2 0
Multiple Races, Non-Hispanic/Unknown 0 0 1 1
All Other Non-Hispanic or Race 1 0 0 0
Unknown Race and Unknown Hispanic 0 0 0 1
Total 24 35 21 24
Total Hispanic 88 102 72 49
White Non-Hispanic 70 80 66 45
Black, Non-Hispanic 8 8 9 8
American Indian, Non-Hispanic/Unknown 0 2 0 0
Asian, Non-Hispanic/Unknown 8 7 2 3
Multiple Races, Non-Hispanic/Unknown 2 2 7 2
All Other Non-Hispanic or Race 2 1 0 1
Unknown Race and Unknown Hispanic 0 0 0 7
Total 178 202 156 115

2009 Race/Hispanic Origin Data is Not Yet Complete

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