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Brief communication Assessing the impact and implications of the revised Act on the Aggravated Punishment of Specific Crimes in preventing child traffic injuries in school zones: an interrupted time series analysis
Hong Jin Ku1orcid , Jin-Hwan Kim2orcid , Young June Choe1orcid , Seung Ah Choe1orcid , Mark R. Zonfrillo3orcid
Epidemiol Health 2024;e2024032
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4178/epih.e2024032 [Accepted]
Published online: February 21, 2024
1Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
2Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
3Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, United States
Corresponding author:  Young June Choe,
Email: choey@korea.ac.kr
Received: 20 December 2023   • Revised: 1 February 2024   • Accepted: 6 February 2024
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In 2019, a child's death in Korea led to stricter penalties for school zone traffic violations. We assessed the impact using 2017-2022 Traffic Accident Analysis System data. Adjusted analyses revealed a decline in severe injuries in school zones (11 → 8 cases per month, P=0.017). Legislation correlated with reduced risk of all child traffic injuries (RR=0.987, 95% CI, 0.977-0.997, P=0.002), indicating efficacy in curbing accidents.


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