Motor Vehicle Crashes
In 2020, motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) were the second leading cause of injury deaths and second leading cause of hospitalizations and ER visits in Georgia. MVCs include both traffic and non-traffic cases. They affect Georgians across the state and life span [i]. In 2020, motor vehicle traffic deaths were the leading cause of injury deaths for children between 5 and 14 years of age, and the second leading cause of death among adults age 25-65+ [ii]. In that same year, Georgia had the 4th greatest number of traffic fatalities (1,664) in the nation [iii], even though Georgia has the 8th largest population in the United States [iv].
Motor Vehicle Crash Initiatives through GA Core SIPP:
The goal of this focus area is to expand utilization of the evidence-informed child passenger safety seat observational surveillance tool that was developed during the Core SVIPP 2016- 2021 grant, evaluate efforts from the Core SVIPP 2016-2021 grant to assess whether children are still transitioning to seat belts too early and to investigate other factors surrounding child occupant-related motor vehicle crashes in the Columbus Public Health District, utilize that tool to assess child passenger safety practices in the following 6 rural counties: Meriwether, Talbot, Taylor, Crawford, Peach, and Upson, and to develop an additional educational tool for Child Passenger Safety Technicians focused on torso-abdominal injuries..
For questions or more information, contact:
CDC CORE Grant PI and Program Manager
Suicide Prevention Grant Co-PI
[i] Online Analytical Statistical Information System (OASIS). Dashboards: Leading Causes of Premature Death. Georgia Department of Public health, Office of Health Indicators for Planning. Retrieved from: https://oasis.state.ga.us/
[ii] CDC WISQARS. Injury Center. CDC. Retrieved from: http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html
[iii] National Center for Statistics and Analysis. (2019, August). State Traffic Data: 2017 data (Traffic Safety Reports No. DOT HS 812 780). Washington, D.C.: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
[iv] U.S. Census Bureau. Census.gov. Retrieved from: https://www.census.gov
Page last updated 12/22/2022