NYC Kids are Safer Because They Ride Public Transit More

A recent study shows that traffic fatality rates are lower for children in areas where public transit is widely used.
July 2, 2010, 5am PDT | Tim Halbur
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The 2010 Report from the Child Fatality Review Team, available at www.nyc.gov/health, found that in New York City, "where kids rely much more on public transit, they die in traffic accidents at less than one-third the national rate according to a new report from the New York City Department of Health. Injury deaths for children in NYC are about half the national average.

According to the report, between 2001 and 2008, the national rate was 8.9 injury deaths per 100,000 children. In New York, the city recorded 4.2 injury deaths per 100,000. (Injury deaths were still the highest cause of death among children one to twelve, at 29 percent.)

Still, there were disparities across the city: children in low-income communities were more likely to die of injuries, and younger children and boys were more likely to be affected."

Thanks to Garrett Bradford

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Published on Thursday, July 1, 2010 in TheCityFix DC
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