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Car-Crash Death Rates Depend on Where You Live in U.S.
Date:2/26/2009

the Feb. 27 issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

According to the CDC, more research is needed to determine the causes of geographic and demographic variations, and that might result in more effective programs aimed at the states, regions, and populations at greatest risk.

The CDC said the new study didn't explore why death rates vary so much by region. But previous research suggested that drivers in southern rural areas may travel more miles, increasing the chances of serious collisions.

Stepped-up prevention efforts -- including lower blood alcohol laws, vehicle safety improvements, better roads, improved emergency response, seat belt laws, and alcohol checkpoints -- may help to save more lives, the researchers said.

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To learn more about motor vehicle safety, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.



SOURCE: Feb. 27, 2009, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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