Mandatory bicycle helmets, mandatory ignition lock devices for all drunk driving offenders and other measures can help save more lives in Indiana every year. According to a new report titled The Facts Hurt: a State-By-State Injury Prevention Policy Report, the state of Indiana had the 27th highest rate of injury-related fatalities in the country.
In Indiana, the rate of injury-related fatalities per 100,000 population was 60 per 100,000 population. Overall, the national rate is 57.9 per 100,000 population. Nationally, injuries are the leading cause of death for people between the age of one and 44.
The list was based on how states performed on 10 key indicators. These indicators included everything from seatbelt and motorcycle helmets laws, to the establishment of e-record systems in hospitals to track data.