HEAD INJURIES TO BICYCLISTS AND THE NEW ZEALAND BICYCLE HELMET LAW

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) who were 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 groups and head injury (diagnosis) types. The authors conclude the helmet law has been an effective road safety intervention that has lead to a 19% (90% CI: 12, 23%) reduction in head injuries to cyclists over its first 3 years. (A)

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  • Authors:
    • SCUFFHAM, P
    • ALSOP, J
    • Cryer, C
    • Langley, J D
  • Publication Date: 2000-7

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00795123
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-043 085
  • Files: HSL, ITRD, , ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 7 2000 12:00AM