New mothers at risk on road

(100 word version)

Sleep deprived new mothers have been compared to drink drivers when it comes to their ability to control a motor vehicle.

Researchers from the Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) studied 24 new mothers to determine the effect of post-partum fatigue on their driving.

Dr Kerry Armstrong, from QUT, said new mothers are at risk behind the wheel from sleep deprivation.

“Research has shown that if someone’s awake for 17 hours, it can be similar to having a blood alcohol content of 0.05 per cent,” she said.

“If they’ve been awake for 24 hours, it’s similar to being two times over the limit,” Dr Armstrong said.

Dr Armstrong said the research showed that where previous research only showed fatigue effects up to six weeks post-partum, their research showed mothers could be effected for 12 weeks, and even up to years.

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Based on this story

Study exercise was to find an online news story, and ‘role play’ the interview with a friend or family member, having them play the role of the interviewee, and me as the interviewer. Therefore all comments in this post are not those of Dr Kerry Armstrong – they have been made up for the purposes of this study task.


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