Young mums at fa­tal crash risk

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

YOUNG moth­ers driv­ing with in­fants in the car are more at risk of a fa­tal ac­ci­dent, a new study has found.

Us­ing data from the US Fa­tal­ity Anal­y­sis Re­port­ing Sys­tem over a 10-year pe­riod, re­searchers an­a­lysed fa­tal crashes in­volv­ing in­fants and ex­am­ined the age of fe­male driv­ers. The New Zea­land Univer­sity of Waikato study looked at crashes with young fe­males (16-24 years) as well as older fe­male driv­ers (25-39) with an in­fant pas­sen­ger or with no pas­sen­gers. Young fe­male driv­ers with an in­fant pas­sen­ger were more of­ten at fault than older driv­ers.

The pres­ence of an adult pas­sen­ger in ad­di­tion to an in­fant pas­sen­ger low­ered the young moth­ers’ odds.

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