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/
[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).
Page last updated 12/22/2022