Washington, DC, and the state of Washington received the
highest marks and Arizona the lowest in a new report ranking states based on
whether their highway laws promote safety and injury prevention.
On Nov. 16, the Emergency Nurses Association released the
report, titled "2006 ENA National Scorecard on State Highway Laws: A Roadmap
for Injury Prevention." According to a press release, the scorecard is designed
to educate legislators and the general public about their states' strengths,
weaknesses and levels of risk.
The scorecard rankings were based on the group's evaluation
of states' highway safety policies, including primary seatbelt laws, child
passenger safety laws, graduated driver's licenses, universal motorcycle helmet
laws, and the state's capacity to respond to severe emergencies.
"The scorecard is designed to educate ENA members and the
general public about each state's strengths and weaknesses so that they are empowered
to advocate for change," said Nancy Bonalumi, ENA president. "While we can not
be free of risk, it is necessary to take all possible steps toward preventing
Locations with the most highway safety and injury prevention
laws in place, according to the study, include Washington, DC, Washington
state, California, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon and Tennessee.
States with the fewest highway safety and injury prevention
laws in place include Idaho, North Dakota, Ohio, Arkansas, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Arizona.