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2004 Child Restraint Final Report

2004 Child Restraint Final Report

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The Office of Highway Safety,Division of Public Safety Planning,Mississippi Department of Public SafetyNovember 2004Prepared By:James W. Landrum, David R. Parrish and Jean MannSocial Science Research CenterMississippi State UniversityMississippi State, MS 39762
Highway safety continues to be a major health problem for children in Mississippi.The key factor in the number of death and crippling injuries for Mississippi’s children is notdues to measles.
Each year citizens, governmental agencies and private advocacy groups participate in a majoreffort to combat this needless death and injury to our children. Tickets are written to those who violatethe child restraint law. Large numbers of child restraint clinics staffed by highly trained child restrainttechnicians are provided at no cost to the public. A sizable amount of time, effort and money aredevoted to increasing child restraint use. These efforts included media campaigns, brochures,programs, providing free child restraint seats to those who cannot afford them etc. In order to helpevaluate the effect of these programs, child restraint surveys are conducted in cities in everygeographical area of Mississippi. The surveys are not truly scientific, but do provide an over all rawanalysis on child restraint use in Mississippi. Since these surveys are only observational they do notprovide a measure of the proper use of child, except in a very general way, i.e., incorrectly placingchildren in rear facing seats on the front seat in front of airbags.These efforts have had gratifying results in that child restraint use in Mississippi has continuedto rise over time. However, in comparison to other states, child restraint use in Mississippi continues tobe low and proper restraint use even lower.
The current child restraint survey was conducted in 31 Mississippi municipalities at 269observation sites covering every region in the state of Mississippi. Table 1 provides a list of thesample cities, the number of unique locations, the total number of observations, percent of observations with regard to the total number of observations and the populations of the variouscities. Sample cities make up 29% the states total population of 2,881,281.
Table 1: Survey Cities, Number of Locations, Number of Observations
Numberof LocationsTotal NumberOf ObservationsPercentof Total ObservationsCityPopulation
1.Brandon82443.618,0652.Brookhaven8941.49,8103.Canton92674.012,8564.Cleveland81822.713,1845.Clinton82223.324,2076.Columbus81221.824,9597.Corinth81422.114,0838.Gautier81332.016,7539. Greenville8921.439,52110.Greenwood62603.917,59411.Grenada82063.114,64912.Gulfort5630.971,81013.Hattiesburg8871.346,66414.Indianola81091.611,562145Jackson28134820.1179,59916.Laurel8641.018,04417.Long Beach2300.416,93818.Madison82884.315,86919.McComb83545.313,12720.Meridian82003.039,55921.Moss Point82183.215,32722.Natchez81902.817,62123.Ocean Springs82643.917,44324.Oxford71121.712,76125.Pascagoula8500.725,86526.Pearl103274.922,82427.Ridgeland82443.621,43528.Starkville81342.022,41929.Tupelo81522.335,29730. Vicksburg81862.826,00531.Yazoo City83304.912,0982596,714100847,948

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