Goal: Promote safe and active transportation.

Every year in the United States, more than 30,000 people die from motor vehicle crashes.1 Healthy People 2030 focuses on keeping people safe in motor vehicles and promoting the use of other types of transportation. 

Interventions to increase seat belt and car seat use can reduce deaths from motor vehicle crashes. Similarly, treating substance use disorders and conditions like sleep apnea is critical for preventing people from driving when they shouldn’t be. 

In addition, getting people to use motor vehicles less often can help improve their health. Mass transit options, like buses and trains, produce far less air pollution than cars — and people who walk and bike places get more physical activity. Communities that invest in mass transit and promote active transportation can help protect the environment and improve health. 

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References

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/motor-vehicle-safety