Motor Vehicle Crashes
Motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) are the 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 2017, motor vehicle traffic deaths were the leading cause of injury deaths for children and adults between 5 and 24 years of age in addition to adults age 55 to 64[ii]. In that same year, Georgia had the 4th greatest number of traffic fatalities (1,540) in the nation[iii], even though Georgia has the 8th largest population in the United States[iv].
Motor Vehicle Crash Initiatives through GA Core SVIPP:
The goal of this sub-strategy is to increase child restraint use with parent modeling seat belt use; increase extended, age-appropriate booster seat use and number of active child passenger safety technicians in the Columbus Public Health District; develop a process for identification of specialized transport needs for children with special healthcare needs that could eventually be implemented statewide; and develop, study and evaluate a more accurate, evidence-informed child passenger safety seat observational surveillance tool that can be shared with other communities and states to promote child occupant safety.
[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/
[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).