eLetters

167 e-Letters

published between 2014 and 2017

  • Re: Handheld vs Handsfree
    Jon Gardner

    Dear Editor

    The study of the effects of using a mobile phone while driving may reveal interesting socioeconomic and traffic data, and may be perfectly worthwhile as a scientific pursuit.[1] Using this data as a basis for legislation, however, is a bad idea. Common sense tells us that doing anything while driving, be it talking on the phone, applying makeup, operating the radio, or carrying on a conversation wit...

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  • Cycling in New Zealand
    Peter J Morgan

    Dear Editor

    My wife and I spent a couple of months cycling in the South Island last year. Apart from some cycling-friendly towns (eg Nelson, Wanaka) it was in general a terrifying and oppressive experience. Even on relatively quiet roads, overtaking traffic would often scrape past us in spite of our obvious visibility and bulk (because of our loads) and relative instability. Following traffic unable to overtake w...

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  • Gun Truths seldom told
    Thomas LaQuey

    Dear Editor

    I personally understand the consternation of people regarding guns and gun use. Many people, never having had guns in their lives don't understand the benefits to people (of sound mind) and wish to cast all gun owners as criminals or just 'unintelligent'.

    I grew up with guns in the home. All of my friends around the US have as well. I have never known any of these people to have anything but the...

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  • Zero Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limit for drivers under 21
    Ediriweera Desapriya

    Dear Editor

    It is timely that Chamberlain and Solomon [1] are proposing an extended zero blood alcohol limit for young drivers and it will definitely save more young lives; however, we believe that drinking and driving is an important part of this complex problem and we have to streamline all other Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) components in order to realize the significant impact of GDL in saving our children in...

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  • Reality Check for the Publisher
    Michael A. Feiertag, M.D.

    Dear Editor

    It is understandable that a high school student can survey local newspaper articles and some associated police reports and get school credit for a project that has no scientific validity or value. It is disappointing but not surprising that the student's local newspaper published a story about the invalid project. It is shocking that a purportedly scholarly journal (Injury Prevention) accepted the no...

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  • Side flag
    Tom Trottier

    Dear Editor

    One strategy to increase the bubble around you is to put a side flag on your passing side. Drivers then give you more room. EG, see http://www.bikecommuters.com/2007/08/18/d-tour-bicycle-safety-flag-first- impression/

    Tom

  • Unwarranted Assumptions about FARS data
    Joseph Carra

    Dear Editor

    I read with interest the article by Whitfield and Whitefield that recently appeared in Injury Prevention.[1] I share their concern in identifying traffic safety issues as early as possible. Unfortunately the authors have made some unwarranted assumptions about the FARS data system and analysis based on it.

    We do not find any problem with the statistics on tire problems or fires that were repo...

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  • Zero Blood Alcohol (BAC) Limit for Drivers Under 21 - Authors response
    Erika Chamberlain

    Dear Editor,

    We are grateful for the letter of Desapriya et al. regarding our recent Special Feature, and agree with the sentiments it expresses. We, too, view our proposal to extend BAC limits to the age of 21 as part of a much larger initiative to reduce traffic crashes among youth. Indeed, we outlined a more comprehensive approach to the issue in our 2006 report, Youth and Impaired Driving in Canada: Oppor...

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  • IP is lacking objectivity
    Avery Burdett

    Dear Editor

    IP is gaining a reputation in the cycling community as a journal lacking in objectivity when it concerns the effectiveness of bicycle helmets. Its past zealous defence of flaws found in helmet research that IP has published gives cause for concern.

    Its latest silence over the identification of a serious calculation error (Annan [1]) raises serious ethical questions as well as doubts about...

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  • Support for Research
    Joseph M. Fleming

    Dear Editor

    First I want to thank the authors for an excellent study. As the authors discuss, the benefit of using photoelectric technology to reduce smoke alarm disablement and thereby fire deaths has never been adequately communicated to the public. (Note: This author has made repeated requests, accompanied by extensive research, to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Underwriters Laboratories...

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