Headline from from the Inadianapolis Star, Friday, Nov 19, 2004
By Valerie Reitman, Los Angeles Times
Children living within a block of a speed bump have about a 50 percent lower risk of being injured or killed by a moving vehicle in their neighborhood than do their peers, researchers have found.
Dr. June Tester, a pediatric resident at Children's Hospital in Oakland, Calif., led a five-year study involving 100 children, ages 14 and younger, who were struck by vehicles within a quarter-mile of their homes and brought to the hospital's emergency room. She compared them with 200 children who were treated at the hospital for other conditions.
The children who had been struck by cars were less likely to live within one block of a speed bump than those of the same age and sex treated on the same day.
The most likely group to be struck was boys ages 5 to 7.
"A lot of people talk about the importance of educating children to look both ways before they cross and to not run out in traffic," Tester said. " It's even smarter to think of modifications to the environment that will benefit many generations."