Navigation Links
Kids Can't Accurately Judge Speed of Approaching Cars: Study
Date:11/30/2010

TUESDAY, Nov. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Primary school children cannot accurately estimate the speed of approaching vehicles moving faster than 20 miles per hour, finds a new study.

"This is not a matter of children not paying attention, but a problem related to low-level visual detection mechanisms," John Wann, lead researcher and a professor in the department of psychology at Royal Holloway College, University of London, said in a university news release.

"So even when children are paying very close attention, they may fail to detect a fast-approaching vehicle," Wann warned.

He and his colleagues assessed the perceptual acuity of more than 100 primary school children and calculated their ability to reliably judge the speed of an approaching vehicle. While adult pedestrians can make accurate estimates of vehicle speeds up to 50 mph, the children's judgments were unreliable when the speed was above 20 mph and the vehicle was five seconds away.

"These findings provide strong evidence that children may make risky crossing judgments when vehicles are traveling at 30 or 40 mph," Wann said.

"In addition, the vehicles that they are more likely to step in front of are the faster vehicles that are more likely to result in a fatality," he added.

"Traveling one mile through a residential area at 20 mph versus 30 mph will only add 60 seconds to your journey time -- we encourage drivers to take a minute and save a child's life," Wann said.

The study findings were released online Nov. 23 in advance of publication in an upcoming print issue of the journal Psychological Science.

More information

Safe Kids offers pedestrian safety tips.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of London, news release, Nov. 23, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. New American Heart Association Survey Finds Heart Disease and Stroke Patients Face Significant Barriers in Obtaining Quality, Affordable Care
2. It's Snow Joke as UK Gas and Electricity Bills Hit Record Highs -- Energyhelpline Calls for “Significant” Price Cuts
3. Survey finds significant racial differences in lung cancer beliefs
4. Scantronix is Proud to Exhibit at the HIMSS10 Conference and Exhibition
5. Combined drug therapy to treat TB and HIV significantly improves survival
6. Smoking significantly increases risk of aneurysm in people with certain genes
7. New research shows innovative respiratory stress test can quickly detect significant coronary artery disease in a noninvasive setting
8. Studies Show Significant Increases of C. Difficile Infections (CDI)
9. Male Infertility Significantly Increases Risk of Prostate Cancer
10. Alzheimers Foundation of America Hails Significant Provisions for Dementia Community in Health Reform Law
11. TalentWise Integrates Employment Screening with Leading Applicant Tracking Solution for Healthcare Industry TalentWise becomes HealthcareSource Certified Integration Partner For Position Manager Product
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Kids Can't Accurately Judge Speed of Approaching Cars: Study
(Date:6/25/2016)... D.C. (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... discuss health policy issues and applications at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting June 26-28, ... their work on several important health care topics including advance care planning, healthcare ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... First Choice Emergency Room , the largest network of independent ... Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We are pleased to announce ... Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room. , ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits ... terms of the latter, setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps ... slow progress toward their goal. , Research from PsychTests.com reveals that ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of ... verbally and physically. , “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. ... throw rocks at my other children and say he was going to kill them. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San Diego, CA is excited ... To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from their cancer treatments. ... highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to and from medical treatments ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... -- According to a new market research ... Safety Pen Needles), Needle Length (4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, ... Purchase (Retail, Non-Retail) - Trends & Global Forecasts to ... for the forecast period of 2016 to 2021. This ... 2021 from USD 1.65 Billion in 2016, growing at ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Research ... Devices Global Market - Forecast to 2022" report to ... the treatment method for the patients with kidney failure, it ... excess fluid from the patient,s blood and thus the treatment ... potassium and chloride in balance. Increasing number ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the ... 2016 - Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... up to date financial data derived from varied research sources ... with potential impact on the market during the next five ... comprises of sub markets, regional and country level analysis. The ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: