The map book, injury data book, and prevention plan together provide critical Hawaii data for researchers, community leaders, advocates, and anyone interested in reducing injuries from automobile-related and other preventable accidents.
Among the facts, the data reveals two-thirds or 67 percent of all fatally injured car occupants in the state are killed in alcohol-related crashes. While there have been overall declines in injuries and deaths to car occupants over the past decade, moped and motorcycle injuries and fatalities have risen. Key recommendations to address these issues include incorporating alcohol screening and brief substance abuse intervention programs in trauma centers, and increasing the use of helmets, safety education, and licensing.
The data also shows that occupants not wearing a seat belt incur higher medical costs and are more than three times more likely to be killed compared to restrained occupants. The data book provides comparisons on injury severity, hospitalizations, medical costs and associated injuries with those wearing a helmet versus not wearing one, and those who were wearing a seat belt versus those who were unrestrained at the time of a crash.
Copies of all three resources are available for download at http://hawaii.gov/health/.
Top 10 number of EMS-attended automobile crash, by Neighborhood Board, 2007-2011
- Makakilo/Kapolei - 759
- Kalihi-Palama - 725
- Waipahu - 603
- Pearl City - 600
- Waianae - 508
- Aiea - 474
- Downtown - 449
- Airport - 406
- Kaneohe - 403
- North Shore - 344