273320 Motor Vehicle Safety

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 1:10 PM - 1:30 PM

Ann M. Dellinger, PhD, MPH , National Center for Injury Prevention and Control/Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Team, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Mobility is integral to the American lifestyle, and most trips are made in a motor vehicle. The average American spends an hour a day traveling as either a driver or passenger. In addition, we take 41 billion trips as pedestrians each year. This much exposure to the travel environment comes with costs, in lives lost and medical care for the injured. This presentation will describe the Injury Center's response to this public health threat from our beginnings as a small Center in 1992, to current motor vehicle injury prevention priorities, and finally emerging road safety issues that will need attention in the future.

Learning Objectives:
To identify effective motor vehicle safety strategies that can have the largest impact on the safety of the population (ex. policy vs. program). To identify emerging issues in motor vehicle safety that will require action from the public health community (ex. technology, changing age structure).

Keywords: Motor Vehicles, Injury Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as epidemiologist and team leader, Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Team at CDCís National Center for Injury Prevention and Control conducting studies in several areas of motor vehicle safety.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.