News of the Field

NJ's New Child Passenger Safety Law Goes Into Effect Today

As of today, a new (and stricter) child passenger safety law is in effect. Read on for what parents in New Jersey need to know.

Join the Conversation for National Heatstroke Prevention Day 2015

Tomorrow, July 31st, marks NHTSA’s annual National Heatstroke Prevention Day, designed to bring awareness to this issue and share simple prevention tips with families. Unfortunately, an average of 37 children have died from heatstroke since 1998, the majority of which are accidentally left behind in a hot vehicle by a caregiver. Although this remains a complex topic, recent technological advancements represent an important step forward in finding a vehicle-based solution to avoiding these preventable tragedies.

An Update on Weed and Driving

In July, Oregon will become the fourth state to legalize recreational use of marijuana. In this post, NHTSA's first large scale study on the risk of associated with driving while under the influence of alcohol and other drugs (including marijuana) is discussed.

Legislating Best Practice Recommendations for Child Passenger Safety

This post explores the question-- should evidence-based recommendations for optimal child passenger safety be translated into legislation?

Lifesavers’ Teen Driver Workshop Highlights

Lifesavers Conference arriving soon in Chicago on March 15-17. The Teen Traffic Safety Track workshops feature more than a dozen evidence-based programs and policies from 10 states-- covering all three stages of GDL. Here are some highlights.

Prioritizing Engagement and Effectiveness in Digital Health

Two overarching themes are beginning to emerge in digital health that are important to public health and align well with CIRP@CHOP’s own digital health research: engagement and effectiveness. Although not new to the digital health research field, they are becoming a priority.

Teens and Distracted Walking

Our team came across this great infographic from Safe Kids about pedestrian safety -- “How Does a Teenager Cross the Road?”. Based on over 34,000 observations and discussion groups with more than 2,400 students during the 2012-2013 school year, their research indicates that a significant number of high school and middle school students cross the street while distracted, most frequently texting or using headphones. Although older teens account for half of all pedestrian deaths among children age 19 or younger, only one-fifth of teens felt that their age group was the most at risk for pedestrian injuries. To understand these findings, it is helpful to review brain development during adolescence and how teens make decisions.

Children in Hot Cars: No Single Solution to These Preventable Tragedies

This blog explores how a multi-faceted approach is needed to reduce the prevalence of pediatric heat stroke. A combination of education, awareness, and technology can help families avoid these preventable tragedies.

Passing the Baton: CIRP Leadership Transitions

Founder and Scientific Director of CIRP@CHOP looks back at CIRP’s 20-year history as the Center marks an important transition in leadership: a new role for Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE at the CHOP Research Institute and a new Co-Scientific Director for CIRP@CHOP -- Kristy Arbogast, PhD. Join us in welcoming Dr. Arbogast to her new role.

The Evolving Science of Crash Data Collection

Many of our readers involved in traffic safety research are aware that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is moving forward with the modernization of the National Automotive Sampling System (NASS) for the first time since NASS’s inception over 40 years ago. CIRP@CHOP has (and will continue to) partner with NHTSA to ensure that the unique safety needs of children are considered as NASS is updated.

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