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PROCLAMATION 6136—MAY 17, 1990 104 STAT. 5281 In recognition of the importance of transportation and of the millions of Americans who serve and supply our transportation needs, the Congress, by joint resolution approved May 16, 1957 (36 U.S.C. 160), has requested that the third Friday in May of each year be designated as "National Defense Transportation Day" and, by joint resolution approved May 14, 1962 (36 U.S.C. 166), that the week in which that Friday falls be proclaimed "National Transportation Week." NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Friday, May 18, 1990, as National Defense Transportation Day and the week of May 13 through May 19, 1990, as National Transportation Week. I urge the people of the United States to observe these occasions with appropriate ceremonies that will give full recognition to the individuals and organizations that build, maintain, and safeguard our country's transportation system. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 17 day of May, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fourteenth. GEORGE BUSH Proclamation 6136 of May 17, 1990 National Trauma Awareness Month, 1990 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Because all of us are potential trauma victims, it is fitting that we pause to reflect upon the causes of traumatic injuries, their impact, and how to prevent them. Each year, traumatic injury claims the lives of at least 150,000 Americans. Many thousands more are severely or permanently disabled. Young Americans are particularly at high risk. Traumatic injuries kill six times as many children as cancer, the next most common cause of death in children. Four out of five deaths among teenagers and young adults are caused by traumatic injuries—injuries most often suffered in motor vehicle collisions. Even among our older citizens, traumatic injury continues to be a major public health problem. The death rate due to falls among persons 75 years or older is nearly 12 times the rate in the general population. At any age, death or disability from traumatic injury is tragic and almost always preventable. The vast majority of traumatic injuries result from hazards that can be reduced if we use our common sense and take advantage of current knowledge about how traumatic injuries occur. All Americans should learn more about the circumstances and behaviors that lead to traumatic injuries and how they can be avoided. Every citizen should also learn more about the role of trauma care and rehabilitation in reducing deaths and disability associated with traumatic injury. Effective treatment begins with ambulance and rescue