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11 Jul 2016

Buckle Up. Drive Sober. Slow Down.

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Reducing motor vehicle crash deaths was one of the great public health achievements of the 20th century for the US. However, more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes. In 2013, the US crash death rate was more than twice the average of other high-income countries.

Key points reported by the Centers for Disease Control:

  • About 90 people die each day in the US from crashes — resulting in the highest death rate among comparison countries.
  • US crash deaths fell 31% compared to an average 56% in 19 other high income countries from 2000-2013.
  • Over 18,000 lives could be saved each year if US crash deaths equaled the average rate of 19 other high-income countries.

Vital Signs is a monthly report that appears as part of the CDC journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Content source: Office of the Associate Director for Communications (OADC)

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