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A picture is worth a thousand words. So is a powerful statistic. These printer-friendly posters feature memorable images and startling data that will help adults, teens and children think twice about risk-taking behaviors. (A limited number of 11 X 17" posters is also available.To request a single poster or the entire set, contact Lisa Hass-Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Nearly 30 people die in the U.S. every day in car crashes involving a driver under the influence of alcohol. Drunk driving kills one person every 48 minutes.
Crashes involving a distracted driver kill 16 people and injure more than 1,300 people each day. Anything that takes your hands off the steering wheel — including fast food — is a distraction that can lead to serious injury.
Texting While Driving
People who text behind the wheel are 23 percent more likely to be in a car crash than other drivers. Sending a text message while you drive takes your hands off the steering wheel, your eyes off traffic and your mind off what you are doing. Texting while driving is illegal in Wisconsin.
Illegal Substance Abuse
According to a European study, driving with even a small amount of THC (the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana) in your bloodstream doubles your risk of being in a fatal crash. Larger amounts of THC more than triple your risk of a crash resulting in death.
Fall trauma is a growing problem in our society, due to risk-taking behavior and a growing aging population. One out of every three older adults (age 65 plus) falls each year. Approximately one-quarter of all senior falls result in an injury that restricts the person’s ability to get around or live independently.
Tobacco use causes 443,000 deaths in the U.S. every year. For every single death, 20 more people suffer from one or more serious smoking-related illnesses. People who smoke die an average of 13 years earlier than non-smokers.
Pedestrian distraction is a factor in many crash-related injuries. Distractions include talking on a cell phone and texting. There is one crash-related pedestrian injury in the U.S. every 8 minutes and one death every 2 hours.
A concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury, and no brain injury should be taken lightly. An estimated 300,000 traumatic brain injuries related to sports, most of which are concussions, occur in the U.S. every year. (Download poster.)
One of the most concerning for trauma and critical care providers injuries is a head injury. Initially these types of injuries can look benign, but quickly become very serious. Simply wearing a helmet can help you avoid becoming one of the avoid becoming one of the 1.7 million people who sustain a brain injury every year.
The Trauma Center would like to thank Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services and Heritage Printing for helping to make this important community outreach possible.