REPORT TO THE NC CHILD FATALITY TASK FORCE: INJURY EXPERIENCE OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS IN NORTH CAROLINA MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES
The following conclusions are drawn based on this analysis of 0-15 year-old children involved in North Carolina crashes: The North Carolina Child Passenger Safety and Seat Belt Laws, along with associated public information and education efforts, have resulted in large increases in restraint use; Average fatal age plus serious (K + A) injury rates for children involved in crashes during the time period covered by these restraint laws (since July, 1982) have declined. Mirroring decreasing levels of restraint use as age increases, the youngest children, 0-1 year-olds, have experienced the greatest decline in injury rates while older children have experienced reduced benefits. North Carolina's Child Passenger Safety and Seat Belt Laws have been beneficial to North Carolina children, but could provide greater benefits to older children by expanding the age range covered in the rear seat and by removing major exemptions that exclude otherwise covered children.
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillHighway Safety Research Center
Chapel Hill, NC United States 27599
- Hall, W L
- Publication Date: 1994-1-19
- Pagination: 20 p.
- TRT Terms: Age; Child restraint systems; Children; Fatalities; Injury severity; Laws; Safety; Traffic crashes
- Uncontrolled Terms: Age factors; Child safety; Motor vehicle accidents
- Subject Areas: Highways; Law; Safety and Human Factors; I83: Accidents and the Human Factor;
- Accession Number: 00676856
- Record Type: Publication
- Report/Paper Numbers: UNC-HSRC-94-5-3
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Apr 18 1995 12:00AM