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Am J Public Health. 2004 Apr;94(4):646-50.

A matched case-control study evaluating the effectiveness of speed humps in reducing child pedestrian injuries.

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University of California, San Francisco, USA. junetester@post.harvard.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We evaluated the protective effectiveness of speed humps in reducing child pedestrian injuries in residential neighborhoods.

METHODS:

We conducted a matched case-control study over a 5-year period among children seen in a pediatric emergency department after being struck by an automobile.

RESULTS:

A multivariate conditional logistic regression analysis showed that speed humps were associated with lower odds of children being injured within their neighborhood (adjusted odds ratio [OR] = 0.47) and being struck in front of their home (adjusted OR = 0.40). Ethnicity (but not socioeconomic status) was independently associated with child pedestrian injuries and was adjusted for in the regression model.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our findings suggest that speed humps make children's living environments safer.

PMID:
15054019
PMCID:
PMC1448312
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