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Citation

Ferguson SA, Williams AF, Chapline JF, Reinfurt DW, De Leonardis DM. Accid. Anal. Prev. 2001; 33(2): 229-234.

Affiliation

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Arlington, VA 22201-4751, USA. iihs@highwaysafety.org

Copyright

(Copyright © 2001, Elsevier Publishing)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

11204894

Abstract

Many studies have shown that young driver crash rates can be influenced by such factors as lifestyle characteristics and licensing systems. However, the influence of parents on their teenage children's crash and violation rates has not received much attention. The present study used data from the North Carolina driver history file to match the crash and violation records of young drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 with those of their parents. Results indicate that children's driving records in the first few years of licensure are related to the driving records of their parents. Children whose parents had three or more crashes on their record were 22% more likely to have had at least one crash compared with children whose parents had no crashes. Likewise, children whose parents had three or more violations were 38% more likely to have had a violation compared with children whose parents had none. Logistic regression models showed that these relationships held when controlling for household type and child gender.

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