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Spring 2011 | Vol. 13 | No. 1

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CDC Report Spotlights Adult Seat Belt Use, Nonfatal Injuries

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched its Vital Signs program as a call to action on a specific public health topic each month. In January 2011, the focus was on adult seat belt use and nonfatal crash-related injuries.

This Vital Signs report was published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on January 4. CDC used 2009 data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System - All Injury Program and the 2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in this study.

Key findings include:

A supplementary Vital Signs fact sheet on adult seat belt use defines the problem, presents graphs and charts, and provides specific action items to increase belt use.

In addition to Vital Signs, CDC also published a “Policy Impact: Seat Belts” briefing paper to support efforts to strengthen state seat belt policies. In this brief, CDC specifically recommends: primary enforcement laws, enhanced enforcement of existing laws, and increased fines for violations.

Visit for the Vital Signs Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and additional materials. The policy brief is available at