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December 2019: A round up of research news from New Zealand's independent research organisations:
- Malaghan: NZ’s first CAR T-cell cancer therapy clinical trial underway
- Cawthron uncovering high-value nutrition in NZ’s kaimoana
- MRINZ research may change how ICUs use oxygen
- BRANZ: Tackling mental health
- Southland’s Waihopai River most improved in Cawthron's River Awards
- Lincoln Agritech research on braided rivers
- Stellar year for young LASRA researcher
- PlantTech examines food future
- Cawthron investigates red seaweed to reduce agricultural GHG
- TiDA 3D metal printing now only limited by imagination
- Who doesn’t wear a seat belt?
- Bragato Research Winery update
- Motu: Digital inclusion and wellbeing in New Zealand
Catherine Maidment. Photo: LASRA.
Who doesn’t wear a seat belt?
December 2019: Between 2006 and 2016, non-use of seat belts accounted for up to 30% of motor vehicle road deaths in New Zealand. In addition to increased risk of death, there is also an obvious increased risk of serious injury for occupants who did not wear a seat belt in a crash. So who doesn’t wear a seat-belt and why?
Newly published research by Lily Hirsch, Hamish Mackie, and Richard Scott from Mackie Research, John de Pont from TERNZ, and Simon Douglas and Dylan Thomsen from the AA Research Foundation looks at the profiles for non-users of seat-belts.
“In New Zealand, these potentially preventable deaths are not decreasing. It is important to understand the factors associated with crashes where seat belts are not worn,” says Mackie Research Director Dr Hamish Mackie.
In New Zealand, potentially preventable deaths are not decreasing. IRANZ researchers from TERNZ and Mackie Research develop five distinct profiles of seat belt non-users. Photo: Pexels.
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