The Prevention Status Reports highlight—for all 50 states and the District of Columbia—the status of four key policies that states can use to reduce motor vehicle crash injuries and deaths:
- Implementing primary enforcement seat belt laws
- Mandating the use of car seats and booster seats for motor vehicle passengers through at least age 8 years
- Using comprehensive graduated driver licensing systems
- Requiring the use of ignition interlock devices for those convicted of driving while intoxicated
These policies and practices have been recommended by the Community Preventive Services Task Force and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on the basis of scientific studies supporting their effectiveness in preventing crash-related injuries and deaths.