A traffic safety campaign among parents with children in the age of 0-3 years
has been evaluated. The
study indicates that the campaign has, in some respects, had a positive
effect on the frequency of the use
of child safety restraints. Nevertheless, more has to be done, until every
child in the region uses the
recommended type of restraint.
A questionnaire has been sent to a random sample of all those families, which
have voluntarily joined
a traffic safety club, connected to the campaign. Questions about the
background of the family and the
use and misuse of child restraints and seatbelts have been asked. Questions
were also asked concerning
traffic safety information received and knowledge about rules and
recommendations. The families have
been divided into three age groups, on the basis of the recommended child
restraint for each age group.
The answers have been compared with the results of an earlier study, among a
random sample of all
families in the same region of Sweden.
The most commonly requested piece of information that the parents asked for
were those statistics
relating to child injuries connected to types of restraint. No significant
differences were found in the
percentages of families who reported that they had received or looked for
information. One conclusion
drawn was that the information available had not been received or absorbed by
all the families surveyed,
which gives cause of concern and necessitates further action.
The evaluated campaign was carried out within the frame of Säkereken, a
traffic safety program in
Linköping: Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut., VTI meddelande 914 , 2001.
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