According to a recent report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Colorado ranks 17th in the nation for injury-related deaths. Colorado has a fatal injury rate of 68 per 100,000 people. The national average is 58 fatal injuries per 100,000 people.
Researchers ranked states according to ten safety criteria. Colorado passed in five categories:
- Ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders
- Booster seats mandatory for children 8 and under
- People in relationships can obtain protection orders
- Strong concussion law
- Prescription drug monitoring program
This information is especially pertinent for this time of year. Many schools across the country are celebrating prom and/or graduation within the next week, causing youth accident fatalities to skyrocket. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 60 percent of accident fatalities during this time of year are of people aged 15-20.
Make sure your teens know that seatbelts saved nearly 70,000 lives between 2006 and 2010, and that an underage drunk driver is twice as likely to be involved in a fatal car accident than a drunk driver of legal age. As your teens celebrate a new beginning, help them reach their potential by encouraging safety this graduation season.
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