Please see CDC’s MMWR Report on Violent Deaths that under-counts vehicle deaths by thousands.
“Thank you for your question. Here’s information from Dr. Lyons:The reason that motor vehicle deaths look smaller than what you might expect is that in the NVDRS we look at motor vehicle deaths that are specifically associated with violent deaths. The system uses the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of a violent death: “a death resulting from the intentional use of physical force or power against oneself, another person, or against a group or community”. Therefore, motor vehicle deaths as a whole are not collected in NVDRS, only those related to suicides, homicides, deaths from legal intervention (a subtype of homicide where the victim is killed by law enforcement acting in the line of duty), deaths of undetermined intent, and unintentional firearm fatalities.”
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I then asked Ben Kelley, a long time leader in Public Health and Safety, for his views on the CDC response.
Mr. Kelley offered Dr. William Haddon’s landmark paper published in the Journal of Public Health (copy attached
) and the following:
“Violence involves an energy exchange in which the human body is damaged by experiencing an energy onset at intolerable (harmful) levels. A look at Haddon’s “Escape of Tigers” (attached), which is a fundamental guide to public health thinking about injury, makes it clear that there is no distinction, from a public health standpoint, between “intended” and “unintended” violence. Nor is such a distinction useful. Assigning motives or lack of motive to such harm is a very slippery slope. Did the manufacturer of the injurious product “intend” or “want” to hurt someone? Did the errant driver? These are not useful exercises for creating a taxonomy of violence and its injurious consequences. Lenard’s description tells the story:
“Therefore, motor vehicle deaths as a whole are not collected in NVDRS, only those related to suicides, homicides, deaths from legal intervention (a subtype of homicide where the victim is killed by law enforcement acting in the line of duty), deaths of undetermined intent, and unintentional firearm fatalities.”
If motor vehicle crash death is not included, why are “unintentional firearm fatalities” and “deaths of undetermined intent”? It’s a nonsensical mishmash, skewed to favor powerful interests, intentionally or not. Violence and the harm it causes is a single “set” and should be treated as such.”
I forwarded Mr. Kelley’s thoughts to CDC and added that I continued to be concerned on behalf of crash victims (past, present, and future) that the CDC continues to minimize deaths and serious injuries from vehicle violence. I wrote:
“How should American taxpayers view this CDC work that: 1. relies on a WHO (paid in part by U.S. taxpayers) definition of violent death not an American definition?
2. creates a data system NVDRS that excludes the daily American tragedies of about 100 deaths, 400 serious injuries, losses estimated at $2 Billion due to vehicle violence here in the U.S.A. today?
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