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167 e-Letters

  • Author's reply: Robertson's review of "Traffic Safety" by Leonard Evans
    Leon S. Robertson

    Dear Editor,

    Leonard Evans obviously dislikes my less than totally favourable review of his book. My review noted several sensible sections in the book, but several nonsensical ones as well. My reference to self-publication of the book was only to point out that it would have benefited from peer review. His assertions in his letter regarding me and my income are patently false. He needs a skin transplant. His is t...

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  • Authors' response to letter from David Huff
    Allan F. Williams

    Dear Editor:

    David Huff[1] either didn’t read our article carefully or didn’t comprehend it. Besides mischaracterizing us as “experts at crash tests” (we are behavioural scientists, while engineers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety direct crash testing), Huff misstates what we say, claiming we are “at a loss” as to how to improve driver education and want it eliminated from high schools.

    What...

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  • Robertson's review of "Traffic Safety" by Leonard Evans
    Leonard Evans

    Dear Editor,

    While it is not customary for an author to comment on a review, a response seems appropriate to L.S. Robertson’s review [1] of my 2004 book "Traffic Safety."[2]

    Another reviewer writes "Evans' work covers in remarkable detail the full range of important topics in traffic safety…but his chapter 'The Dramatic Failure of U.S. Safety Policy' is the showstopper."[3] This "showstopper" shows that wh...

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  • Re: Accidental hangings of our youth must stop REPLY
    Ann L

    Dear Editor,

    I am 42 years of age and believe it or not I used to play that "game" when I was a child in the suburbs of Chicago. From vague memory it was somewhere around 1974 and I was around 10-12 years old? This story really caught my attention. I thought "oh my god I used to do that!" My older brother would have all the kids line up and he'd pick us up by the neck (literally) for maybe 10 seconds and let us p...

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  • Accidental hangings of our youth must stop
    Sarah Pacatte

    Dear Editor,

    Parents need to know this is really happening and it is happening more than America and the world knows because it is not talked about! My boy was the 2nd child this month at Kaiser No. hosp. in Sac. Ca. to die from this! The other I heard was 12 yrs. Old. Accidentally they died!!! Feeling helpless and still loving all four of my children,

    Sarah A. Pacatte

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  • Current and prior injury prevention leadership
    Les Fisher

    Dear Editor,

    Kudos to M D Schmidt, S I Sulsky, and P J Amoroso.[1]

    The authors described how military hospitals' researchers not only collected medical records, but then acted to prevent or reduce a trend of serious hospitalized injury continually treated. They compiled and organized injury data on parachuting, studied the nature and extent of injury types and assessed injury prevention and control enginee...

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  • Soccer injuries and headgear
    Calvin W. Williams

    Dear Editor,

    Anyone who is in doubt about the need for protective headgear should request a computer print-out of hospital admitted (or treated) cases from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety division. With less than 10% of soccer head injuries being reported, the long, detailed list of injuries would shock even those who are against soccer headgear. These figures leave very little room for any one to deny the need...

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  • I thought we were on the same team?
    Vanessa C Wigand

    Dear Editor,

    Why is IIHS such a staunch critic of driver education programs? To suggest driver education is a way to "crash proof" novice drivers is just silly. Driver education provides students with tangible skills that set the foundation for the acquisition of mature driving skills and judgement. Driver education at its best is a team effort involving schools, communities, students, and families.

    W...

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  • A rebuttal to sceptics of teen driver education
    David C Huff

    Dear Editor,

    Why do some research professionals continue to hold positions that result in avoiding a serious overhaul of, and investment into, educating new drivers? Education-testing young drivers warrants as much attention and investment as crash-testing new vehicles! Exploring how to teach and motivate teen drivers will result in knowledge that is likely more valuable to society and traffic safety than expl...

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  • Evaluation of firearm regulations
    David Hemenway

    Dear Editor,

    In a short article, Rosengart et al. (“An evaluation of state firearm regulations and homicide and suicide death rates”) attempt to evaluate the effect of 5 different state regulations on four different outcomes (firearm suicide, suicide and firearm homicide, homicide). There is much that is good about this article, but a problem, perhaps due to space constraints, is that the authors do not discuss s...

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