172 e-Letters

  • Belt up...Speed up?
    Tony H. Reinhardt-Rutland

    The story of seatbelts has ever been one of success - at least for government bodies and the motor industry. However, seatbelts have an unfortunate side effect owing to the dissipation of the kinetic and vestibular discomfort associated with acceleration and deceleration: in effect, faster and more erratic driving is encouraged.

    Moreover, any savings in casualties among motor vehicle occupants must be weighed...

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  • Interpreting the statistics: underestimation of casualties and vulnerable road-users
    Tony H. Reinhardt-Rutland

    Dear Editor

    Jeffrey et al's [1] evidence of a serious underestimation of road injuries is worrying for the year-by-year comparisons that are taken as evidence for the state of road safety. The UK figures for death and serious injury are reported to have followed a downward trend for forty years or so, which has generally been taken as evidence - if no more than implicitly - that a culture of safety on the roads i...

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  • Preventing Road Traffic Injuries in Africa.
    Adam L Kushner

    As noted in the recently released WHO and UNICEF World Report on Child Injury Prevention, globally, road traffic injuries (RTI) are the leading cause of death among 10-19 year-olds with more than 260,000 children dying from RTIs each year. (1) In addition, an estimated 10 million more children are non-fatally injured. Africa has the world's highest RTI mortality rate at 28.3 per 100,000 (2), yet relatively few resources...

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  • lit search analysis method
    David L Nordstrom

    Several analyses of the results of bibliographic databases have shown that--for several health fields and subjects--the number of databases searched influences the number of papers found. Library and information scientists seem to use certain methods and outcomes in their analyses. I am curious whether this study used the same methods and measures.

  • Simple Ways for Saving Lives
    Rizaldy Pinzon

    The article of Dr. Stevenson's is very interesting. This article showed that intervention increasing the use of safe belt. Traumatic brain injury is one of the most leading causes of death and disability in developing countries. In Indonesia, there are numerous reports that showed high mortality is correlated with unsafe practice of driving or motorcycling. Previous report showed that the use of safety belts is the single...

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  • Seat belt wearing in other Chinese cities
    Virginia H Routley

    The article documenting the successful seat belt intervention and attributable increase in wearing in Guanghzhou, China is a substantial contribution to road safety in middle-income and low-income countries. The reported increase in seat belt wearing is particularly significant in the context of documented declines over 3 years (2005-2007) in two other eastern seaboard Chinese cities, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province and Zhousha...

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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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  • 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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  • 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/


  • 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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