Table 1

Demographic characteristics of children <20 years discharged for motor vehicle related injury (E810–825, .0,.1) from Navajo IHS hospitals, 1983–95

Pre-laws 1983–88Post-laws 1991–95Total 1983–95
Number discharged413315866
Age in years (mean)11.511.611.3 (range 0–19 years)
Male (%)219 (53)168 (53)468 (54)
Driver (%)79 (19)68 (22)174 (20)
Passenger (%)334 (81)247 (78)691 (80)
Alcohol related (%)26 (6.3)28 (8.9)66 (7.6) (mean age 17 years)
Length of stay (median days)222 (range 0–103 days)