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Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!

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August 11, 2017

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July 8, 2016

May 20, 2016

January 15, 2016

  • Motor vehicle crash deaths cost the nation $44 billion in medical expenses and lost work in a single year.
  • CDC’s updated fact sheets break down these costs by state and describe proven strategies to reduce crash-related injuries and deaths.
  • A free, interactive state cost calculator—MV PICCS, 2.0—can help states select from 14 effective interventions to prevent motor vehicle injuries.

August 21, 2015

  • Rear-seat motor vehicle passengers are less likely than front-seat passengers to wear a seat belt, making them more likely to injure themselves and other passengers in a crash.
  • Rear seat belt use is higher in states [PDF-172KB] with primary or secondary enforcement laws that cover rear seats than in states without laws that cover rear seats.
  • To increase seat belt use in rear passengers, states can review proven strategies and find ones that work best for their state.

April 17, 2015

March 6, 2015

  • Motor vehicle crashes caused 65% of on-the-job deaths of truck drivers in 2012; more than a third of the drivers were not buckled up [PDF-3.2MB], according to the latest CDC Vital Signs.
  • One in 3 truck drivers will have a serious crash during their career, and 1 in 8 will have 2 or more.
  • Employers can prevent crashes through strong safety programs, including requirements to buckle up.

February 13, 2015

October 10, 2014

  • According to this month’s Vital Signs, Americans spend more than 1 million days in the hospital each year from motor vehicle crash injuries.
  • Crash injuries that happened in 2012 cost an estimated $18 billion in lifetime medical expenses and another $33 billion in lifetime work lost.
  • No states have fully implemented all of the key interventions proven to keep people safe on the road. CDC’s new tool, Motor Vehicle PICCS, can help inform state decision making.

February 14, 2014

February 7, 2014

  • Motor vehicle crashes killed more than 9,000 children aged 12 years and under over the past decade.
  • Almost half of all black (45%) and Hispanic (46%) children killed in crashes during 2009-2010 were not buckled up, compared with 26% of white children.
  • States can help reduce child motor vehicle injuries and deaths by using recommended strategies to increase car seat, booster seat, and seat belt use.

November 22, 2013

October 5, 2012

June 15, 2012

October 7, 2011

July 22, 2011

  • An estimated 15 people die and 1,200 are injured each day in the United States in crashes that involve distracted driving.
  • Nearly 40% of U.S. drivers ages 18 to 29 report talking on their cell phone “regularly” or “fairly often” while driving, and more than 25% report texting or e-mailing.
  • Motor vehicle crash-related deaths and injuries can be prevented. .

June 17, 2011

January 7, 2011

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