Increasing the use of child restraints in motor vehicles in a hispanic neighborhood

Gregory R. Istre, Mary A. McCoy, Katie N. Womack, Linda Fanning, Laurette Dekat, Martha Stowe

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The use of restraints in motor vehicles is less common in minority and low-income populations than in the general population. A preliminary survey of Hispanic preschool-aged children in west Dallas, Texas, conducted in 1997 showed much lower child restraint use (19% of those surveyed) than among preschool children of all races in the rest of the city (62%). Because there are few reports of successful programs to increase child restraint use among Hispanics, we undertook to implement and evaluate such a program. The program was conducted by bilingual staff and was tailored for this community. It was successful in increasing both child restraint use and driver seat belt use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1096-1099
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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