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Published on May 31, 2012 by Edgar Snyder

Half of U.S States, Including PA, Don't Do Enough to Prevent Injuries

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Every day, the news is filled with reports of people tragically killed or injured in accidents. Sometimes it seems like there's danger around every corner. Unfortunately, almost 50 million Americans are treated for injuries each year, and over 2.8 million are hospitalized. Every three minutes a person dies from an injury, making injuries the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Despite these sobering statistics, many states are falling behind on injury prevention measures.

A recent study, conducted by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, assessed all 50 U.S. states on their injury prevention efforts. Each state was given a score based on 10 key indicators that included things like drunk driving laws, motorcycle helmet laws, and seat belt laws. States received one point for each injury-prevention indicator they achieved, with 10 being the highest score and zero being the lowest.

The results of the study clearly indicate that many states have failed to pass measures aimed at reducing injuries. For example:

Pennsylvania scored relatively low, achieving 5 out of 10, mostly because it does not have a primary seat belt law, mandatory ignition interlocks for drunk drivers, or a universal helmet law for motorcycle riders.

Researchers emphasized that several of the injury prevention measures some states haven't enforced have already been proven to reduce the risk of injury and death. For instance:

  • Car seats and booster seats saved roughly 1,800 lives between 2005 and 2009.
  • Motorcycle helmets saved an estimated 8,000 lives between 2005 and 2009.
  • Seat belts saved an estimated 69,000 lives between 2006 and 2010.

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"Injury Prevention Report Card: Nearly Half of U.S. States Score Low." TIME. May 22, 2012.
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