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Safety First, Yet the Facts Hurt: How Injury Prevention Can Save Lives

May 25, 2012
by Jeff Levi
Huffington Post

 

We can save hundreds of thousands of lives by enacting, enforcing and supporting injury prevention policies and activities. A recent report released by Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) found that many injury prevention activities have been scientifically shown to reduce harm and deaths, for instance:

  • Seat belts saved an estimated 69,000 lives from 2006 to 2010;
  • Motorcycle helmets saved an estimated 8,000 lives from 2005 to 2009;
  • Child safety seats saved around 1,800 lives from 2005 to 2009;
  • The number of children and teens killed in motor vehicle crashes dropped 41 percent from 2000 to 2009; and
  • School-based programs to prevent violence have cut violent behavior among high school students by 29 percent.

Unfortunately, the report, "The Facts Hurt: A State-By-State Injury Prevention Policy Report,", also found that 24 states scored a five or lower on a set of 10 key indicators of steps states can take to prevent injuries. Some findings include:

 

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