eLetters

167 e-Letters

published between 2014 and 2017

  • TV's portrayal of driver distraction: Legitimising bad practice
    Tony H Reinhardt-Rutland

    McEvoy et al (2006) provide empirical evidence to support the case that distractions for the driver are an important feature of road crashes. There should be nothing too surprising in this; after all, many authorities recognise that an enforcible code of behaviour must be applied to public-service drivers; bus passengers are not likely to feel at ease with a driver whose attention deviates from the task in hand.

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  • Evaluate all effects, including cycle use and injury rates, before recommending helmet laws
    Dr Dorothy L Robinson

    Dear Editor

    According to good public policy, all laws with potentially detrimental effects (such as reduced cycling and reduced safety in numbers) should be evaluated. Far from being selective, my review examined every jurisdiction with a large increase in helmet wearing (more than 40 percentage points within a year). If helmet laws were beneficial, there should have been an obvious response. Yet there was no c...

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  • Timely release of information is important.
    Malcolm J Wardlaw

    Dear Editor

    Macperson et al. present valuable findings [1] on rates of helmet use by Toronto children of different income groups; and how these rates varied across a period in which a helmet law was passed. The wearing rates rise to a peak after the law of 1995, followed by a decline back to roughly pre-law levels by 1999. This profile occurred because the law was not enforced. The City of Toronto Police Service c...

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  • Reply to Hagel and Rowe
    Avery Burdett

    Dear Editor

    Hagel and Rowe reject(1) my criticisms(2) of their study of the impact of a child bicycle helmet law in Alberta, Canada(3). However they appear to have missed the point.

    The first issue raised in my letter concerning reduced cycling as a result of Alberta's helmet law, Hagel and Rowe say there could have been confounders which would discount the drawing of a conclusion from the smaller propo...

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  • Re: Timely release of information is important.
    Barry Pless

    Malcom Wardlaw asks if a serious head injury rate of 1 per 7,000 capita per year is great enough to warrant enforced use of protective headgear. My view is that there is no magic number; even 1 per 70,000 would be too many if the injury had serious sequelae, as undoubtedly many do. I am certain most sensible parents and most pediatricians who treat these children would agree. The opinions of the City of Toronto Police S...

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  • Raise Teen Driving Age
    Chairat Noppakovat

    Dear Editor,

    My name is Master Sergeant Chairat Noppakovat and I am stationed at the Madigan Army Medical Center located at Fort Lewis, Washington. I am in the United States Army and have served proudly for nearly 22 years. The reason I am writing this letter is to share with you the story of my son. His name is Apichai Kevin Noppakovat. He was just 18 years old and passed away on 14 August 2006. He had just g...

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  • Time-exposure drowning rate for swimmers
    Damian Morgan

    Mitchell, Williamson and Olivier's (2010) study estimated drowning rates for the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) in 2005 based on resident population person-time exposure to swimming. The authors state (p. 261) that "failure to adjust injury rates for exposure to a hazard necessarily results in poor estimates of risk", and based on their findings, conclude (p. 264) drowning mortality rates to be "more than 200...

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  • Re: Re: Timely release of information is important.
    Avery Burdett

    In his zeal to defend bicycle helmet laws, Editor Barry Pless ignored two important issues identified by Malcom Wardlaw and in doing so raises one of even more vital importance.

    First, child cyclist head injuries declined in Ontario while data from Macpherson showed a declining rate of bicycle helmet use. This suggests a factor other than helmet use and helmet laws was responsible for the decline in head injurie...

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  • Violence in Pakistan and the empirical nature of the exploration
    Adnan A Hyder
    Dear Editor

    I welcome the paper by Chotani et al on violence in Pakistan and the empirical nature of the exploration.[1] It is also encouraging to see Injury Prevention raise the issue of violence in developing countries, as it is a neglected health problem. However, from the Pakistani context, there are several contextual and explanatory points that are needed to clarify some of the issues raised in the paper...

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  • Evidence on cycle helmets is contested, ambiguous and inconclusive.
    Peter W Ward

    The Editor of IP does not like the fact that a debate exists about cycle helmets. (1) He would like not to publish correspondence from helmet sceptics. He describes the letters he has received as frustrating and irritating “repeated almost boilerplate arguments”. It is welcome and honest of the Editor to state his willingness to publish helmet sceptic eletters despite his dislike for this view. It compares with the a...

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