Head injuries to bicyclists and the New Zealand bicycle helmet law

Scuffham, P. and Alsop, J. and Cryer, C. and Langley, J.D. (2000) Head injuries to bicyclists and the New Zealand bicycle helmet law. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 32 (4). pp. 565-573. ISSN 0001-4575. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of helmet wearing and the New Zealand helmet wearing law on serious head injury for cyclists involved in on-road motor vehicle and non-motor vehicle crashes. The study population consisted of three age groups of cyclists (primary school children (ages 5–12 years), secondary school children (ages 13–18 years), and adults (19+ years)) admitted to public hospitals between 1988 and 1996. Data were disaggregated by diagnosis and analysed using negative binomial regression models. Results indicated that there was a positive effect of helmet wearing upon head injury and this effect was relatively consistent across age groups and head injury (diagnosis) types. We conclude that the helmet law has been an effective road safety intervention that has lead to a 19% (90% CI: 14, 23%) reduction in head injury to cyclists over its first 3 years.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Paula Loader
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2009 09:25
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2009 09:25
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/12658 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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