Reducing Mortality from Motor Vehicle Crashes for Children 0 through 14 Years of Age: Success in New York and North Dakota
Unintentional injuries are a leading cause of death for children 0 through 14 years of age. Traffic related deaths of motor vehicle occupants, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and others represent one-third (32%) of all injury deaths of these children and 41 percent of all unintentional injury deaths. Reduction of motor vehicle crash (MVC) mortality for children 0 through 14 years is a goal of the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the states they fund through the Title V Program. Routine reporting to the Bureau indicates that New York and North Dakota were among the best performing states in regard to this measure of child health. This project was funded to review the evidence regarding effective interventions to reduce MVC mortality among children and to explore what was and is happening in New York and North Dakota that contributes to their success.