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Healthy People 2010 - With Annotations

Chapter 15

Injury and Violence Prevention
Lead Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Goal: Reduce injuries, disabilities, and deaths due to unintentional injuries and violence.

Healthy People 2010 Objectives

Injury Prevention

15-15. Reduce deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes.

9.0 deaths per 100,000 population for 15-15a and 1 death per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) for 15-15b.

Baseline: 15.0 deaths per 100,000 population were caused by motor vehicle crashes in 1998 (preliminary data; age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population) for 15-15a and 2 deaths per 100 million VMT were caused by motor vehicle crashes in 1997 for 15-15b.

Target setting method: Better than the best for 15-15a; 50 percent improvement for 15-15b. (Better than the best will be used when data are available.)

Data sources: National Vital Statistics System (NVSS), CDC, NCHS; Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths
Total Population, 1997*

(unless noted)
Rate per 100,000
Rate per
100 Million VMT
TOTAL 15.8 2
Race and ethnicity    
American Indian or Alaska Native 31.5 DNC
Asian or Pacific Islander 10.6 DNC
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander DNC DNC
Black or African American 17.0 DNC
White 15.8 DNC
Hispanic or Latino 15.2 DNC
Cuban 13.9 DNC
Mexican 17.1 DNC
Puerto Rican 9.1 DNC
Not Hispanic or Latino 16.3 DNC
Black or African American 17.8 DNC
White 16.1 DNC
Female 10.4 DNA
Male 21.7 DNA
Education level
(aged 25 to 64 years)
Less than high school 25.0 DNC
High school graduate 20.7 DNC
Select populations    
Children aged 14 years and under 4.2 (1998) DNA
Persons aged 15 to 24 years 25.4 (1998) DNA
Persons aged 70 years and older 24.3 (1998) DNA
Motorcyclists NA 21.3

DNA=Data have not been analyzed. DNC=Data are not collected. DSU=Data are statistically unreliable. NA=Not applicable.

Note: Age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population; 1998 data are preliminary.

*New data for population groups will be added when available.

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Rev. 20-Aug-2001 at 07:28 hours.