The injury prevention program strives to improve public health by taking actions to prevent injuries before they happen. The program works with partners in the community to incorporate injury prevention efforts into their ongoing programs.
Accidental injuries are the leading cause of death among Texans ages 1-44; motor vehicle crashes account for the majority of these deaths. A more complete assessment of injuries in Travis County can be found in the Travis County Injury Assessment Report for 2014.
The following topics are the focus of the Injury Prevention Program.
Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways. In 2012 alone, 3,328 were killed in distracted driving crashes. For more information, click here.
Seven teens ages 16 to 19 die every day from motor vehicle injuries. Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. Fortunately, teen crashes are preventable, and parents play a significant role in reducing risk among young drivers. For more information, click here.
Every day in the U.S., about 10 people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury deaths in the United States. For more information about drowning and prevention measures, click here.
In Travis County, our community partner, Colin’s Hope does excellent work in the field of drowning prevention.
Infant Safe Sleep
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants between one month and one year of age. In 2014, Travis County has seen an alarming number of infant suffocation deaths, including nine associated with the risk factor of bed-sharing. The increase in infant deaths already surpasses the last two years’ totals–nine in 2012 and eight in 2013. Our partners at the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office has made great strides in attempting to prevent these tragic deaths:
In 2012 (the most recent year for which full data are available), 40,600 suicides were reported in the U.S., making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans. The Injury Prevention Program works with the Central Texas Suicide Prevention Coalition to identify trends, and research and implement best practice methodology in suicide prevention. For more information on suicide prevention, .
On average, almost 400 Texas babies die in their sleep each year - suddenly, unexpectedly, and without a clear explanation or due to accidental suffocation or strangulation. That's why it is so important to always give babies "Room to Breathe."