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May 24, 2012

New Jersey has the lowest rate of injury deaths in the country, with 36.1 per 100,000 injury fatalities, according to a recent report by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

This is despite the fact that the Garden State has not done all it can do to prevent injuries legislatively, having enacted seven of 10 recommended regulations. Still, only seven states have enacted more laws that can prevent serious injuries than New Jersey.

New Jersey scores well on requiring seatbelts, helmets for both motorcycles and bicycles, booster seats for children until they reach the age of 8, and strong concussion laws and drug monitoring programs. New Jersey also allows people in dating relationships to get protection orders.

What’s the state lacking? The report recommends mandatory ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers; legislation to fight teen violence; and a way to track injury discharges from hospitals in order to detect trends and develop prevention strategies.

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