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.
Child Passenger Safety
In 2010, on average, almost two children age 12 and younger in a passenger vehicle were killed and 325 children were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes each day in the U.S. This fatality rate could be reduced by about half if the correct child safety seats were always used. In Texas, during 2010, 38 children died in motor vehicle crashes while only 53% of those children were restrained.
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."