The Injury Prevention and Outreach Program is an educational program that endeavors to reduce injuries by promoting public awareness of trauma and injury prevention.
"Natalie's Bill" is named in memory of Natalie DeLeon, who died at 21 in an unbelted crash.
We Support a Primary Enforcement Seat Belt Law
A primary enforcement seat belt law will increase seat belt use and therefore increase one's chances of survival in a crash.
If everyone in Massachusetts buckled up for every ride, we would:
- Save 18 lives/year and prevent more than 650 serious injuries/year
- Save over $170 million annually in medical, productivity and property costs
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Commonwealth of Massachusetts Primary Seat Belt Law Fact Sheet," January 2011
Contact your state representative and senator. Tell them you support "Natalie’s Bill" and primary seat belt enforcement.
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As an American College of Surgeons-verified Level 1 trauma center, we strive to improve care by disseminating trauma knowledge and expertise to providers, educating the public by participating in health and safety events, facilitating access to trauma center resources, and impacting regional and national legislation.
Our areas of focus include:
Child safety, including safety on all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and in sports
Concussion prevention and awareness
Elder fall prevention
Passenger safety, including elder driving, child car seats, and seat belt use
We work with several internal and external organizations, including:
Massachusetts Statewide Falls Prevention Coalition
Statewide Trauma Center Injury Prevention Coordinators Network
Our educational events include health fairs, lectures, and giveaways of safety equipment.
News and Events
Mass General officials commemorate passage of child-safety laws (Oct. 20, 2010)
Additional Injury Prevention Resources
For more information about the Injury Prevention Outreach Program, please contact:
Linda Lacke, MPH
Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator
Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care (TESSCC)
165 Cambridge St., Suite 810
Boston, MA 02114