Wrong-way drivers: Age a factor in 40% of cases, research shows

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Berlin (dpa) — Two cars collide head-on. Even with airbags, the car’s occupants, especially those in the front, have little chance of surviving. “This extreme stress on the body is most definitely life-threatening, if not fatal,” says accident researcher Siegfried Brockmann. He’s studied wrong-way driving incidents in Germany and has found that in many cases the wrong turn was deliberate. In one third of the 220 or so cases he investigated, the drivers made a U-turn in moving traffic. Age plays a significant role. In more than 40% of the cases examined, the drivers were older than 75. Senior w…

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