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Center for Law and the Public’s Health

Motor Vehicles

Law can be used in a variety of ways to prevent motor vehicle-related injuries. For example, laws and regulations set speed limits, requirements for airbags, and standards for the use of child safety restraints. In conjunction with the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, Center faculty research and analyze these and other aspects of legal issues related to motor vehicles, such as the use of litigation to redress motor vehicle-related injuries and deaths.

Selected Publications:

  • McGinty EE, Tung G, Shulman-Laniel J, Hardy R, Rutkow L, Frattaroli S, Vernick JS. Ignition interlock laws: effects on fatal motor vehicle crashes, 1982-2013. Am J Prev Med. 2017;52(4):417-423.
  • Tung GJ, Vernick JS, Stuart EA, Webster DW, Gielen AC. Federal actions to incentivize state adoption of 0.08 g/dL blood alcohol concentration laws. Inj Prev. 2017;23(5):309-313.
  • Vernick JS, Tung GJ, Kromm JN. Interventions to reduce risks associated with vehicle incompatibility. Epidemiol Rev. 2012;34:57-64.
  • Vernick JS, Li G, Ogaitis S, MacKenzie EJ, Baker SP, Gielen AC. Effects of high school driver education on motor vehicle crashes, violations, and licensure. Am J Prev Med. 1999;16(1 Suppl):40-46.
  • Levy DT, Vernick JS, Howard KA. Relationship between driver’s license renewal policies and fatal crashes involving drivers 70 years or older. JAMA. 1995;274(13):1026-1030.
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