UAB UT Annual Report : 2010-2011
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      The UAB UTC's theme, Traffic Safety and Injury Control was an excellent fit for the UAB Injury Control Research Center’s (ICRC) faculty, because it complemented the ICRC’s Mission, which was: “To help the nation achieve a significant reduction in the rate of injuries and their resulting deaths and disabilities, especially in the southeastern United States.” In the United States in 2008, there were nearly 122,000 unintentional injury deaths in persons less than 1 year of age through older than 85 years of age. Of these deaths, approximately 32% were motor vehicle related. However, this figure and proportion increased substantially when four additional transportation-related categories, (1) Other Land Transport, (2) Other Transport, (3) Pedestrian and (4) Pedal Cyclist, were added to the mix. The UAB UTC Theme and the activities conducted in its support applied to more than one mode of transportation. To this end, the research, education and technology transfer activities of the UAB UTC were designed to address problems, issues and challenges associated with private motor vehicles, commercial carriers and transit. Since the UAB UTC was the first – and, to our knowledge, the only – UTC ever to be established within a School of Medicine, the UAB UTC chose to address medically related issues such as (1) the impact of congestion on motor vehicle crash-related (MVC) injury outcome as a function of the “golden hour”/firstresponder access; (2) traffic management and emergency preparedness via development of a dynamic traffic assignment and simulation model for incident and emergency management applications; (3) and the distracted driving epidemic; with the goal to achieve a statistically significant reduction in morbidity and mortality associated with MVCs occurring in medically underserved, rural areas of a large Southern state.
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