eLetters

60 e-Letters

published between 2006 and 2009

  • Scapegoating pedestrians: the limits of engineering solutions and pedestrian behaviour-change
    Tony H Reinhardt-Rutland

    Dear Editor

    Poudel-Tandukar et al report questionnaire data from a respondent sample of adolescent pedestrians in Nepal. Coincidentally, Perel et al [1] have outlined issues relating to road safety in low- and middle-income countries in the same issue of Injury Prevention.

    Commenting in an electronic letter regarding the latter, I asserted that a pervasive and unhelpful attitude often persists among moto...

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  • An endemic issue in all countries, no matter what their income
    Tony H Reinhardt-Rutland

    Dear Editor

    Perel et al (2007) outline some issues relating to research and its application - up to now largely restricted to high-income countries - which might inform and moderate the heavy casualty rates among vulnerable road users that too often follow motorisation in developing economies.

    One possible issue - both within the driving community and those professions charged with reducing casualty rate...

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  • Yes, this is an old game
    Stacey Robins

    Dear Editor

    In 1977 in London, Ontario, when we were only 12 years old, my 'girlfriends' and I used to play a similar game as the 'choking game' in the school bathroom. We would each take turns helping each other 'faint'. It started with deep breathing until we were dizzy, then with arms around your abdomen from the rear; someone would squeeze you until the next recollection was waking up with a tingling sensatio...

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  • Speeding up the debate on road speed: what about acceleration?
    Tony H. Reinhardt-Rutland

    Dear Editor

    Friedman et al (2007) provide an impressive study to add to the knowledge of the dangers of speed on the road. While the emphasis is normally on motorist casualties, let us remember that the danger is particularly accentuated for non-motorists such as pedestrians, cyclists and public-transport users. These environmentally-benign means of travel are not likely to be encouraged while private motoring ha...

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  • Use of Coroners' Records
    Peter J Bullock

    Dear Editor

    I have a database for Gloucestershire, 1700-1838, consisting of some 12,000 entries, mostly inquests but some other sources, plus transcripts of all supporting material. All this material has been sent to the Historical Violence Database (Prof. Roth) and will be available some time in the future. If interested, I can send extracts from the database relating to the under 15s (about 1200 entries) plus...

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  • Some important omissions
    Peter W Ward

    Dear Editor

    Ivers makes some important omissions in her Cochrane Corner article [1] where she reports the recent Cochrane review of bicycle helmet legislation. The author’s main conclusion was that the evidence ‘suggests a protective effect of bicycle helmet legislation against head injury amongst cyclists.’ Ivers might also have mentioned the authors qualifying comments that the evidence is ‘limited in qual...

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  • Gun Lock Safety Issue
    Ronald R. Flinders

    Dear Editor

    I would challenge anyone using their bare hands to move or remove the trigger lock on my gun once properly installed and locked in place. That is, short of cutting it off with a hacksaw or using a hammer and chisel. Lumping all trigger locks in to one category and then making the statement that trigger locks are not a safe storage method is absolutely asinine. When it comes to the quality of trigger l...

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  • Re: An old game
    Sandy Clements

    Dear Editor

    I don't remember a time this game did not exist. I recall kids playing it in the early 1950's in Calgary, AB. Nor did it ever go away. It didn't have any hip street name back then nor was it called a game. It was just "Hey, let's do the thing(s) that made you pass out." It was done for the cool feeling we would now call a rush. I wouldn't do it with anyone because I did not trust anyone. When I got into...

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  • pH of exhaled breath condensate: a better metabolic marker?
    Richard G Fiddian-Green

    Dear Editor

    The finding of an abnormally low pH in the exhaled breath condensates from patients with asthma and cystic fibrosis [1] raises the possibility that this pH might be a better metabolic marker to use especially if each driver were to establish his/her own control values. If exhaled breath were used alcohol and even other chemical levels could also be measured, recorded and stored in a black box. What is...

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  • Criticism and Comments on Alpers/Chapman paper
    Peter W. Whelan

    Dear Editor

    It is not my plan to revisit the detailed AIC/ABS data and statistical analysis covered by the Alpers/Chapman report and other specialists (McPhedran/Baker). This response will offer comments from the aspects of clear thinking and logical deduction.

    Firstly, since there was never any Judicial Inquiry, nor Coronial Inquest into the Port Arthur Massacre, there was never the opportunity for any...

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