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Am J Public Health. 2001 Feb;91(2):311-3.

Where children sit in cars: the impact of Rhode Island's new legislation.

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Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Mass, USA. mseguigo@jhsph.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study evaluated the impact of Rhode Island's legislation requiring children younger than 6 years to sit in the rear of motor vehicles.

METHODS:

Roadside observations were conducted in Rhode Island and Massachusetts in 1997 and 1998. Multivariate regression was used to evaluate the proportion of vehicles carrying a child in the front seat.

RESULTS:

Data were collected on 3226 vehicles carrying at least 1 child. In 1998, Rhode Island vehicles were less likely to have a child in the front seat than in 1997 (odds ratio = 0.6; 95% confidence interval = 0.5, 0.7), whereas no significant changes in child passenger seating behavior occurred in Massachusetts during that period.

CONCLUSIONS:

Rhode Island's legislation seems to have promoted safer child passenger seating behavior.

PMID:
11211647
PMCID:
PMC1446549
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