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Directions in Highway Safety Cover - Spring 2011 Download Newsletter pdf
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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.

Policy Impact: Seat Belts briefing paper cover

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 www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/seatbeltuse/ for the Vital Signs Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and additional materials. The policy brief is available at www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/seatbeltbrief.