Buckle up to prevent brain injury
We have now entered the “100 Deadliest Days” on Minnesota roads. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the US for ages 1-75, the leading cause of death for ages 5-24, and come second only to falls for leading causes of TBI. And motor vehicle crash injuries and deaths are 100% preventable.
Follow these tips to make yourself, and those around you, safer on the roads:
- Wear a seatbelt every time, and make sure other passengers buckle up too.
- Ensure children are in proper restraints for their age. Visit the Child Passenger Safety page in the Minnesota Department of Public Safety site.
- Drive alert; map your drive before you go and skip the text until you arrive safely.
- Slow down – speed is now the leading contributor of traffic related fatalities.
- Never drive or ride with anyone who is impaired by alcohol, medications or drugs.
Visit our brain injury prevention page or savethisbrain.org for more prevention information.
Visit our Traumatic Brain Injury Center to learn more about our entire scope of services in TBI.
Watch our Trauma Prevention Program Coordinator, Julie Philbrook, RN, DNP, MAN, MAL, talk about Summer Travel Safety in the Hennepin Employee Solutions Employer Webinar Series.
Julie Philbrook, RN, DNP, MAN, MAL, has been a registered nurse at Hennepin Healthcare for more than 34 years. She holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, as well as master’s degrees in Leadership and Nursing from Augsburg College. She has worked in the field of Trauma Prevention for more than 25 years.