Mortality statistics alone are only a tip of the iceberg.
In 2013, New Mexico hospitals reported 6,463 injury-related
Injuries impact heavily on the use of health services in
the state and contribute to major funding pressures.
Although injury affects all groups of people, certain
behavioral risk factors are closely linked to injury
morbidity and mortality. For example, the lack of
seatbelt use and alcohol use has been closely linked
to transportation injuries.
What Is Known
Data from the New Mexico's Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (NMBVRHS) showed that in 2013:
Unintentional injuries accounted for 87.6 deaths per 100,000 in New Mexico.
295 (19.2 per 100,000) New Mexican's died from motor vehicle traffic injuries.
Data from the New Mexico's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) in 2013:
10.4% of New Mexicans ages 18 and over did not always wear a seatbelt.
According to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in 2011:
8% of high school students had never or rarely wore a seat belt when riding in a
car driven by someone else. Male students (9.7%) were more likely than female students
(6.1%) to say that never or rarely wore seatbelts. Black students (13.6%) were also
least likely to wear seatbelts than other race/ethnic groups.
Approximately 9.3% of high school students (grade 9-12) stated that they had driven
a car or other vehicle when they had been drinking alcohol one of more times during the
past 30 days.
25.8% of high school students had ridden in a car or other vehicle driven by someone
who had been drinking alcohol one or more times during the past 30 days.
Who Is at Risk
Although injuries affect all groups, greater risks for certain types of injuries are associated
with age group, gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and geography.
How To Reduce Risk
Structural changes, such as improved roads and better lighting in the medians and improved safety
in automobiles have successfully contributed to reducing motor vehicle rates. Research has also
behavioral risk reduction, including the enforcement of seatbelts use and blood alcohol limits
have had a tremendous impact on reducing transportation related injuries.
How It's Tracked
The New Mexico Department of Health tracks national and state numbers of behavioral injuries through:
The New Mexico's Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics.