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Am J Public Health. 1998 Dec;88(12):1840-3.

Children's exposure to traffic and pedestrian injuries.

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Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this study was to estimate children's exposure to traffic (number of streets crossed) and to determine the role of exposure in pedestrian injury.

METHODS:

Questionnaires were distributed to a random sample of 4080 first- and fourth-grade children in 43 Montreal schools.

RESULTS:

When analyzed by police district, injury and exposure rates were positively correlated (r2 = 0.53). Crossings were similar by sex but increased with age and were inversely related to socioeconomic status.

CONCLUSIONS:

These results suggest that although children's exposure to traffic could be reduced by transporting them to school, a more reasonable prevention strategy involves environmental changes.

PMID:
9842384
PMCID:
PMC1509043
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.88.12.1840
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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