Date published: May 20, 2011
Click It or Ticket Campaign - May23-June5,2011
In 2009, motor vehicle crashes resulted in approximately 23,000 deaths to passenger vehicle occupants (excluding motorcyclists), and 2.6 million occupants were treated for injuries in emergency departments in the United States (1,2). Although seat belt use in the United States is now estimated at 85%, millions of persons continue to travel unrestrained (3). Using a seat belt is one of the most effective means of preventing serious injury or death in the event of a crash. Seat belts saved an estimated 12,713 lives in 2009, but almost 4,000 additional lives could have been saved if every occupant had been buckled up (4).
Click It or Ticket, a national campaign coordinated annually by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to increase the proper use of seat belts, takes place May 23- June 5, 201 1. Law enforcement agencies across the nation will participate by conducting intensive, high-visibility enforcement of seat belt laws. Campaign activities will focus on young adult men (aged 18-34 years) and on nighttime travel. Additional information regarding Click It or Ticket activities is available from NHTSA at http://www.nhtsa.gov. Additional information on preventing motor vehicle crash injuries is available from CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety.
1 . National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic safety facts 2009: early edition. Washington, DC: US Department of Transportation; 2010. DOT-HS-81 1-402. Available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/ pubs/81 l402ee.pdf. Accessed May 12, 201 1.
2. CDC. WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System). Available at http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars. Accessed May 12,2011.
3. Beck LF, West BA. Nonfatal, motor vehicle- occupant injuries (2009) and seat belt use (2008) among adults- United States. MMWR 2001;59: 1681-6.
4. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Lives saved in 2009 by restraint use and minimum-drinking- age laws. Washington, DC: US Department of Transportation; 2010. DOT-HS-81 1-383. Available at http:// www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/81 1383.pdf. Accessed May 12, 201 1.
ATSDR Health Survey of Pre-1 986 Personnel at Camp Lejeune
During June- December 2011, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry will conduct a health survey of persons who resided or worked at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina before 1986 and might have been exposed to contaminated drinking water. The purpose of the survey is to learn more about participants' health. Health surveys also will be mailed to a comparison group of former active duty marines, sailors, and civilian employees, sampled from those who lived or worked at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California.
Eligible participants who were formerly at Camp Lejeune include 1) former active duty marines and sailors who were stationed at Camp Lejeune any time during June 1 975- December 1985,2) civilian employees who worked at Camp Lejeune any time during December 1972- December 1985, 3) families who tookpartinthe 1999-2002 ATSDR telephone survey of childhood cancers and birth defects, and 4) persons who registered with the Camp Lejeune notification registry.
Participants will receive a paper copy of the health survey and instructions for completing and mailing. A web-based version of the survey also will be available for those who prefer to answer online. Health-care providers are asked to share information regarding the Camp Lejeune survey with their patients who lived or worked at the base before to 1986 and to encourage those receiving a health survey for either Camp Lejeune or Camp Pendleton to fill it out and return it or complete it online. Additional information is available at http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune.