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Motor Vehicle Injury

  • Motor vehicle-related injuries kill more children and young adults than any other single cause in the United States and are the second leading cause of death from injury for people of all ages (CDC) External Web Site Icon.
  • Each year, motor vehicle crashes take the lives of more than 33,000 people in the United States and result in about 2.5 million emergency department visits (CDC) External Web Site Icon.
  • Use of child safety seats, safety belts, and motorcycle helmets, and deterrence of alcohol-impaired driving are among the most important preventive measures to reduce motor vehicle-related injuries and deaths.
Summary Table

This summary of CPSTF findings to reduce motor vehicle injury can be used as a reference, included in presentations, or shared with colleagues.

Presentations and Promotional Materials

Community Guide In Action: Stories from the Field

Buckle Up Yurok

Lowering Legal Blood Alcohol Limits Saves Lives

Tightening the Belt: Increasing Occupant Restraint Use on the Hopi Reservation

Slides and Presentations

Using Evidence for Public Health Decision Making: Motor Vehicle-Related Injury Prevention pdf icon [PDF - 320 kB]
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Public Health Grand Rounds: The Science Base for Prevention of Injury and Violence External Web Site Icon
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Community Guide News

Developed by The Community Guide in collaboration with CDC's Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention

Community Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Publicized Sobriety Checkpoints to Reduce Alcohol-Impaired Driving

From Research to Policy: Lessons from a Community Guide Review on Alcohol-Impaired Driving Laws

Multicomponent Interventions with Community Mobilization Reduce Alcohol-Impaired Driving

Universal Motorcycle Helmet Laws Recommended to Reduce Deaths and Injuries
Developed by The Community Guide

Media Outreach

CDC Press Release: Ignition Interlocks Reduce Alcohol-Impaired Driving External Web Site Icon
Developed by The Community Guide in collaboration with CDC’s Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention

CDC Newsroom Formatted Article: Ignition Interlocks – A Proven Means for Preventing Impaired Driving Re-Arrests pdf icon [PDF - 161 kB] External Web Site Icon
Developed by The Community Guide in collaboration with CDC’s Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention

One Pagers

Motorcycle Helmet Laws

Publicized Sobriety Checkpoint Programs

What Works – Fact Sheets

Motor Vehicle-Related Injury Prevention

Community Guide Flyer

image of flyerDownload the flyer pdf icon [PDF - 353 kB]

Use this quick-read description of the Community Guide as a handout for presentations or as a stand-alone piece for exhibits, webinars, meetings, and conferences. [Two pages, designed to print front-and-back, head-to-head in color, on white 8.5" x 11" paper]


Task Force Recommendations Used to Improve Tribal Motor Vehicle Safety


Liu BC, Ivers R, Norton R, Boufous S, Blows S, Lo SK. Helmets for preventing injury in motorcycle riders. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD004333. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004333.pub3.

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