Fatal Passenger Vehicle Crashes with At Least 1 Driver Younger than 15 Years: A Fatality Analysis Reporting System Study

A small number of fatalities continue to occur due to motor vehicle crashes on highways in which at least 1 passenger vehicle (automobile, van, or small truck) is driven by a child younger than 15 years. This article reports on a study undertaken to extend previous work suggesting that such crashes occur frequently in the Southern states and have relatively high rates in rural areas in the South and Great Plains. The study used data for the 5-year period 1999-2003 from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s online Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). Results showed that during the 5-year period, 350 fatal crashes occurred with at least 1 driver younger than 15 years involved. Twenty-one of these drivers were licensed (11 drivers) or driving with a learner’s permit (10 drivers). A total of 987 individuals in 419 vehicles were involved in these crashes, and 402 deaths resulted (1.16 deaths/crash). These crashes occurred primarily in Texas, Florida, Arkansas, and Arizona, but the highest rates per 100,000 children were found in North and South Dakota and predominantly in a band of Intermountain and Plains states. The authors conclude that there was a strong correlation between crash rates and several measures of rurality.

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  • Authors:
    • Frisch, Larry
    • Plessinger, Alexander
  • Publication Date: 2007


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  • Accession Number: 01050095
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 29 2007 12:18PM